Wednesday, July 18, 2012

wednesday wisdom: stephen r. covey

Earlier this week the revered Stephen R. Covey passed away.

Mr. Covey's impressive CV cites many accomplishments. MBA from Harvard University. Doctoral degree from Brigham Young University. Eight honorary doctorate degrees.

His most notable and well-known publication, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Forbes called it one of the top 10 business management books of all time. In 1996, Time magazine named Mr. Covey one of the 25 most influential Americans.

Although his accolades are many, I believe Mr. Covey's greatest achievement was the way he lived his life. He was successful because he put common sense into action. He took his own advice and shared his knowledge with others. His values were rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mr. Covey was a noble and great man. He was not perfect, but worthy of every accolade and praise. More would find happiness and fulfillment if they were to pattern their lives after his.

Two of my other favorite quotes from Mr. Covey:

“Independent will is our capacity to act. It gives us the power to transcend our paradigms, to swim upstream, to rewrite our scripts, to act based on principle rather than reacting based on emotion or circumstance.”

“How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.” 

Click here for additional quotes from Mr. Covey

New York Times article: Stephen R. Covey, Herald of Good Habits, Dies at 79

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