Mr. Stephen R. Covey explains to us here; being independent is a good thing but it should never be one’s ultimate goal in life. This is because everything from the eco system on our planet, to society itself, is based upon functioning interdependently; in cooperation with others.
Stephen suggests here that putting independence above interdependence is a sign of one’s immaturity. He likens this to being dependent upon others as an adult in order to define who you are emotionally.
Only independent people can grow to become interdependent people, once they recognize a few things. Intellectually Independent folks understand that although they can think fabulously for themselves without help; the benefits of following trains of thought held by others abound.
Emotionally independent people know that they already have great self-value. But they recognize that it’s good to give love as well as have their desire to be loved met.
Here too; it is revealed to us that Habit 7 is an important habit to acquire because it contains the component of constant personal growth/self-improvement. Mr. Covey explains that it is Habit 7 that will always drive us to improve, as we continue working with the other 6 habits written about in, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People!”