RIP Stephen R. Covey, author, educator and speaker.

stephen covey death

At the age of 79, Stephen Covey died yesterday, July 16, at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Known by many for his famous writing, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey was a respected leader in self-help and personal development. Released in 1989, his book has sold more than 25 MILLION copies worldwide. It has achieved recognition as the being #1 best selling title in Business, Success and Motivation on #1 online retailer, Amazon.com. It also ranks #80 overall in Amazon’s Kindle Store. The audio version set the record for being the first non-fiction audio book to exceed one million copies in sales.

He explained to the Daily Telegraph in 2004,

“There was nothing esoteric or special about why I chose the number seven. It just happened to turn out that way.”

Stephen Covey’s seven habits are:

  1. Be proactive.
  2. Begin with the end in mind.
  3. Put first things first.
  4. Think win/win.
  5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
  6. Synergize.
  7. Sharpen the saw

These seven habits were also written for a more general and younger audience with his son, Sean Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.

Sean Covey said his father was attending a family gathering in Montana when he began to weaken. During April, Covey was involved in a bicycle accident and his death is the cause of injuries he sustained. Covey’s death was announced by FranklinCovey, the multimillion-dollar business and leadership consulting firm he co-founded in his home state of Utah.

Stephen Covey’s influence on me.

The 7 Habits have helped me improve as an individual and has strengthened my relationships.

Just last night, I had a deep conversation with someone very close to me. These last few weeks, we had several disagreements and have gotten upset over petty things. We both have started to get very defensive with each other. Being aware of my negative contributions to the matter, I decided to call a timeout so we could both evaluate our recent behavior and take the time to really understand how each other felt.

Habit 1: Be proactive and Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood has saved our relationship in the past and has done so yet again.

As a man whose philosophies and teachings has helped to shape my mind for the better, rest in peace Stephen Covey. You will surely be missed but your empowering wisdom will live on forever.


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