All highly effective people are different, but they have one thing in common.  

In the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey, an exciting experiment is described. It’s a simple experiment to demonstrate one single thing all highly effective people do the same.

In my blog post “Why It Is Important To Create A Solid Vision and Mission Statement,” from the 30th of August, 2017, we are touching the same subject.

In that article, there is a video showing the experiment by Stephen R. Covey. Here is a short version of the same video.

Since I read Stephen Covey’s book the first time, the experiment with the jar, the stones, pebbles, sand, and water impresses me the same every time. It’s a kind of reminder of how highly effective people work.

By placing the four different elements in the jar in an incorrect order, something happens. The efficiency of optimizing the content of the jar is going down.

All the to-dos you have on your action list, you have to them in a correct order. That’s the importance of prioritizing your action, and that all highly effective people do correctly. The nice thing is that it isn’t difficult to do.

All distractions you get when opening up your computer, smartphone or whatever digital device you use, is one of the most harmful things in your daily life.

Highly Effective People Always Start The Same Way

All competition between Facebook, YouTube, and all other sites, force them to draw your attention.  At the end, it will distract you from what you initially have on your to-do-list.

Highly effective people take action

Highly effective people take action

If you belong to the group of people who are working in the corporate world but are looking around on the Internet about alternatives to start your own online business, you probably are a victim of this distraction method all actors in the online industry use.

Going back to Stephen Covey’s book and strategies highly effective people are using, one thing that always comes first. The best description I have found of this “one-first-thing,” I saw in a Forbes article written by Eric Jackson back in 2012, but still valid today, more than ever I would say.

His interpretation of Stephen Covey’s book is that all highly effective people always start with the same thing:


To do something is the start of everything. Stop sitting around checking Facebook or other distracting sites. Every minute you are involved in a Facebook conversation or something else in that way, you’re not taking action getting closer to your dreams.

If you are still looking around to find out if you can start your own online business, full time or part-time while still keeping your 9-5 day job, just click here and get started.

It could be that this kind of activity is exactly what you need to change your lifestyle to what you are dreaming about.

But the only way to know it for sure is to try it out and to do it NOW!

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