What Stephen Covey Taught Me About Work and Life
July 23 by Alexandra Levit
My heart is heavy today. I just learned of the death of one of the most influential individuals in my life, a man who changed the way I think about the world and who guided me toward my current career as a workplace author, speaker, and consultant.
That man is Stephen Covey.
I first came across his most famous work, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, when I was researching my first book and was still struggling to succeed as a driven twenty-something in a complex business world.
Several years later, I would be thrilled to collaborate with Stephen on an article for the Wall Street Journal and a webinar I produced on career change. He graciously wrote the forward for my third book, New Job, New You, and we then co-hosted two events to bring Stephen’s most important ideas to a new generation of professionals. Throughout our relationship, I was in awe of Stephen’s wisdom and very grateful that he was willing to serve as a mentor to me.
Stephen was turning 80 this year and I hoped he would have many years left to contribute plentifully to the field he pioneered decades ago. But unfortunately, it was not meant to be. As I remember him today, I thought I’d call out some of his lifehacks that resonated most with me:
Read more at how important Stephen Covey meant to Alexandra Levit and a lot of people in the world at Life Hack.org. Story via Todd Lohenry Tweet.
- ’7 Habits’ author Stephen Covey dead at 79 (cnn.com)
- Stephen R. Covey dies at 79; wrote influential self-help bestseller – Los Angeles Times (latimes.com)
- Stephen Covey, ’7 Habits’ author, dies at 79 – Fox News (foxnews.com)