Tweeting on professional development: Lisa Curtis

February 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm 2 comments

via @LisaCurtis (Feb 21, 2012):

“…recently I’ve come across some really good advice for young people like me who want to make a difference, make some money and be really effective at what they do.

This advice comes in the form of two books, both of which have overly long titles. The first is The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, a self-help classic published in 1989 that was named the most influential book of the 20th century. The second is the recently released Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World, a book that has the potential to become the 7 Habits equivalent for a whole new generation of professionals looking to make an impact alongside paying the bills.”

Curtis goes on to outline a nicely mashed-up “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Changemakers.” It’s worth noting that these align well with the “25 Thoughts for Changemakers” suggested in Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know by David Bornstein and Susan Davis, a book that is also worth a read if you’re looking to develop the changemaker in you.

You can the top-line version of Curtis’ seven habits below, or the full article on Huffington Post Impact:

Habit 1: Develop a Personal Mission Statement (aka a “daily mantra”)
Habit 2: Envision What Success Looks Like
Habit 3: Cultivate Your Special Powers
Habit 4: Find Your Inner Circle
Habit 5: Practice Deep Listening
Habit 6: Seek Synergy (aka learn to play nice with others)
Habit 7: Practice

February 21’s daily design idea is a quote from Aristotle, which Curtis also uses as her concluding thought in the Huffington Post piece: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lisa Curtis  |  March 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Nice summary, glad you liked the article!

  • 2. dailydesignidea  |  March 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Loved it! Thanks for writing the article. I’ve been out of town and am excited to see if my copy of “Making Good” arrived in the meantime…


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