Stephen Covey’s 8TH Habit | Season 6 – Episode 10 | The Power of Paradigm

“These statements underscore one of the most profound learnings of my life: If you want to make minor, incremental changes and improvements, work on practices, behavior or attitude. But if you want to make significant, quantum improvement, work on paradigms. The word paradigm stems from the Greek word paradeigma, originally a scientific term but commonly used today to mean a perception, assumption, theory, frame of reference or lens through which you view the world. It’s like a map of a territory or city. If inaccurate, it will make no difference how hard you try to find your destination or how positively you think—you’ll stay lost. If accurate, then diligence and attitude matter. But not until.”

Excerpt From: Stephen R. Covey. “The 8th Habit.”

“That’s the power of an accurate paradigm. It explains, and then it guides. But the problem is that paradigms, like traditions, die hard. Flawed paradigms go on for centuries after a better one is discovered. For instance, though history books talk about George Washington dying of a throat infection, he probably died of bloodletting. The throat infection was the symptom of something else. Since the paradigm was that the bad stuff was in the blood, they took from him several pints of blood in a twenty-four-hour period. You and I are counseled not to give more than one pint every two months if we’re well.
The new Knowledge Worker Age is based on a new paradigm, one entirely different than the thing paradigm of the Industrial Age. Let’s call it the Whole-Person Paradigm.”

Excerpt From: Stephen R. Covey. “The 8th Habit.”

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