My All Things Great project is off to a really interesting start! I have already found several books that are must reads.
The first book, Everyday Greatness, led me to Dr. Stephen R. Covey who has written extensively on achieving a happy and fulfilling life. His introduction categorizes greatness into two types—primary greatness and secondary greatness.
Primary greatness, “has to do with character and contribution” while secondary greatness, “has to do with notoriety, wealth, fame, prestige, or position.”
Covey asks the reader, “So what leads to everyday greatness? What is at its roots?”
He argues that the answer lies in the following three choices—(1) the choice to act, (2) the choice of purpose, and (3) the choice for principles. How we answer these choices may lead to primary, or everyday greatness.
As the book progresses, each section presents stories of everyday greatness which correspond with the following chapters:
- Searching for Meaning
- Taking Charge
- Starting Within
- Creating the Dream
- Teaming with Others
- Overcoming Adversity
- Blending the Pieces
I have read the introduction and the first section and already have a better sense of what everyday greatness is and isn’t.
Be forewarned… you might need to have a tissue handy.
If you have any other book recommendations, I would love to know.