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Dr. Stephen R. Covey – R.I.P.

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Stephen R. Covey, author of the bestselling motivational book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” also named “the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century” passed away peacefully Monday morning due to the residual effects of a bicycle accident he suffered this past April. He was in his 80th year. In his final hours, he was surrounded by his loving wife and each of his children and their spouses reports said.

To Stephen, more important than his professional work was his work with his family. Stephen was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and spent a considerable amount of time with his immediate and extended family, getting together for vacations, games, celebrations, birthdays, and events of all kinds, and having one-on-one time with each of his children and grandchildren, which he loved doing. Stephen truly believed that the greatest work we do is within the four walls of our own homes and was a model of a loving and committed husband and father to the end.

Recognized as one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey had dedicated his life to demonstrating how every person can truly control their destiny with profound, yet straightforward guidance. As an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author, his advice had given insight to millions.

Some of Stephen R. Covey’s milestones:
-Over 20 million books sold (in 38 languages)
-Authored four titles with sales exceeding one million copies each.
-Latest book, The 8th Habit , has sold nearly 400,000 copies
-International Man of Peace Award
-National Fatherhood Award (father of 9, grandfather of 44)
-Author of the best-selling nonfiction audio in history (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)
-No. 1 best-selling hardcover book on family (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families)
-International Entrepreneur of the Year Award
-Awarded eight honorary doctorate degrees
-Co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm with offices in 123 countries.

PostScript: Quite unusual for me to post this, but Dr. Covey through his books have played a major role in shaping my life-attitudes. His book Everyday Greatness was the first I purchased, and since then my love-affair with his books and his kind-of-thinking started. I must say I have been immensely blessed. RIP, Dr. Covey!

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22 thoughts on “Dr. Stephen R. Covey – R.I.P.

  1. Lovely tribute :-) Share with us more about his book Everyday Greatness. How did it nourish you?

    • What else can I say about Stephen R. Covey? The very mention of his name brings awe and wonder not only because he teaches that every individual has the potential for greatness, but also because of his commitment to his family. I took pain to mention this in a brief tribute as it is vital to the wholeness and well-being of a person. Only a committed family man can render great service to the society. I was also in awe of the book as Dr. Covey reaches out to the very fibre of one’s soul by blending his teachings with moving examples with which we can easily relate. He dealt with topics like the search for meaning and the overcoming of adversity with such deftness that it is difficult not to be inspired.

      Dr. Stephen R. Covey RIP

  2. Also loved his 7 Habits for Successful Families.

  3. Peace be with Dr Covey. I wasn’t familiar with him ’till your post, but I will get to know him through his writing. It sounds like he has made a profound difference in many lives. God bless him, and you, my brother.

  4. Thank you, I am now going to reread one of his books and maybe check out the library for the one about families. My husband and I are always striving to be better parents. ~Wendy

  5. I’m glad you conveyed such a wonderful overview of his life. I will have to look into his books…seems I’ve been missing out.

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  9. Thanks for sharing knowledge of such a personality! It’s too bad he’s no more, though. Do share if you have any other authors that you admire.. Sounds interesting to check out their books!

    God bless u!

  10. Thanks for the warm post about such a great person. I too wrote a post a couple of days ago about his impact on me. His wisdom will stay with me and let’s get others to read his amazing work.
    All the best – Michael

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    Hi thanks so much for honoring such a great author. He is amongst many of my favorites. I quoted something from his book on my blog too, following after you and admiring your tribute. His writings are so inspiring and positive. Your blog is such a nice place to visit. Take care. Betty

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