Never heard of Stephen R. Covey? You should have heard of him. Many times. In many places. He was often called the pioneer of personal development.
Let’s get started with my favorite quote from the Habit #9:
Leave This World Better Than It Was When You Got Here.
Who was Stephen R. Covey?
Stephen R. Covey, writer and speaker, was the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Restoring the Character Ethic, an extremely influencial book fusing the elements of self help and business, first published in 1989.
With more than 25 million copies sold worldwide this book also became the first audiobook to sell more than a million copies.
Just like so many other successful people, Mr. Covey was a bit baffled by his success. He always said that he was simply telling people what he thought and felt they already knew about the efficacy of good behavior. So everything they had to do was to take their best instincts and form habits out of them. He called his “seven nuggets of knowledge” natural laws.
Here are the 7 habits:
- Habit #1 – Be proactive
- Habit #2 – Begin with the end in mind
- Habit #3 – Put first things first
- Habit #4 – Think “win-win.”
- Habit #5 – Seek first to understand, then to be understood
- Habit #6 – Synergize
- Habit #7 – Sharpen the saw; that is, undergo frequent self-renewal.
- The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness
- Seven Habits for Highly Effective Families (1997)
- The Leader in Me (2008)
Stephen R. Covey’s goal was to change the society. And in many ways, he did just that.
Stephen R. Covey died at the age of 79 after a bike accident in April. At first, doctors had not found any signs of long-term damage to his head but then it turned out that he had suffered some bleeding on his brain after the bicycle accident.
Let’s finish this article with the 2nd recommended habit Begin with the end in mind and an excerpt out of the New York Times:
“In explaining his second recommended habit — Begin with the end in mind —
Mr. Covey urged people to consider how they would like to be remembered.
“If you carefully consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience,” he said, “you will find your definition of success.””
Mission accomplished. Time to say Good Bye, Stephen R. Covey.