7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Dr. Russell Strickland  20:58

Right, right. So we talked A little bit about how they’re seven habits in the book. The book is The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. But then in 2004, Dr. Covey came back and published a book. What was that 25 years later on the eighth habit from effectiveness to greatness. And what you have to understand here is let’s go back to habit number two. habit number two is begin with the end in mind. What is your end? What is your goal? What is your why I want to graduate, I want to earn my doctoral degree, so that I can go do these other things. Well, habit number eight is find your voice and inspire others to find there’s that’s not consistent with what we’re trying to do in the dissertation. Some students think that that’s what they should be doing in their dissertation. They should be finding a topic that they’re passionate about, and they should be writing about that they should be finding their voice and sharing that with the rest of the world. When students think that and it’s not the students fault, necessarily universities encouraged People, one of the first things a university tells you to do is find a topic you’re passionate about. Oh, that advice? We’ll get into that in another episode, I guess. But, um, when you do say that, that, that that’s what you’re going to be doing is finding your voice and getting your message out to the world. I have to ask you a question. And that question is, how many people do you think are going to read your dissertation after you graduate? Okay, I asked this question to a lot of students, I get a few different answers. One of my favorite answers was a person told me well one, I said, Really? Is that your mother? And he said, Yes. I said, Your mom’s not gonna read your dissertation. She read, she read your dissertation and you’ll, you’ll be nice and not quiz her on it. But no one’s gonna read your dissertation when you graduate. Okay, it’s a school project. It’s a huge school project. It’s a big deal. It’s a lot of work. But at the end of the day, it’s a school project. So if you want to share your message out If you want to get your voice out there, write a book after you graduate get published, like for real. Because I don’t know anybody who says, Hey, I’m having a problem with my kids or I’m having problems my job or I’m having a problem, my business or whatever. Let me go to a university library and find a dissertation to help me think figure out how to fix that problem. You know, you go to Amazon, right? Or you go to YouTube or whatever. So this idea of in the dissertation process, finding your voice, just put that to the side for right now. Your goal is to graduate, it’s not about finding your voice. That’s about being great. And I encourage greatness for all of our students, but do it after you graduate. Okay, let’s be effective about getting you to graduation first, which is what the first seven habits are all about. And then you move on to greatness once we change your first name to doctor.

Jeremy Weisz  23:51

I love it. Everyone should check out Dissertation Done check out other episodes because I want to dig into that more. But that’s a whole story. separate topic that we will talk about, you know? So, www.dissertationdone.com, Dr. Strickland anywhere else we should point people towards online or is that the best place?

Dr. Russell Strickland  24:13

Yeah, for right now, www.dissertationdone.com is good. We’re going to actually, I’m going to be talking to folks about a book that I have coming out soon. And I don’t know, by the time you’ve read this, it might already be out. But if it is, you’ll be able to find out about it on Dissertation Done. And we’ll give you more specifics about that once we launch.

Jeremy Weisz  24:30

Awesome. Thanks for having me.

Dr. Russell Strickland  24:33

All right. Thank you so much for being here. Dr. Weisz. I really appreciate it.

Outro  24:42

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Dr. Russell W. Strickland

RUSSELL STRICKLAND, Ph.D., has been referred to as a “rocket scientist turned management consultant.” In truth, he applies an eclectic body of work from astronomy and nuclear physics to dynamic inventory management to market research to each of his student engagements.

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