Stephen Covey, 1932-2012


Stephen Covey, the author of the best-selling book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” died early Monday morning at 79 years old, according to The Associated Press.

Here are the seven habits:

  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

One way to assess the value of advice is to ask, “Would anyone advise the opposite?” If the answer is no, then all you have are platitudes and truisms.

Let’s try it:

  1. Let Life Wash Over You Like a Big Wave
  2. Go Off Half-Cocked
  3. Proceed in a Frivolous, Undirected Manner

You get the idea.

By selling more than 25 million copies of this book, and becoming known as one of the leading business thinkers of his time, Covey revealed the vacuousness of the modern mind, although I don’t think that was his intention.

R.I.P. Stephen Covey

  1 comment for “Stephen Covey, 1932-2012

  1. MS
    21 Jul 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I hate this book, and the accompanying workbook. I can’t believe we agree on something.

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