Stephen R. Covey’s passing reminds me of how grateful I am for the powerful lessons that I learned from reading his books.
He passed away yesterday in hospital from complications after a bicycle accident at age 79.
The lessons I learned from Stephen Covey are too numerous to mention here, but here are a few highlights:
- Win/Win or No Deal – You will have seen this on my Facebook profile since the day I set it up as the answer to “Spiritual Philosophy”. I think many of you would agree that living life from a place of Win/Win is worthwhile. Stephen Covey taught me to take this to the next level which is Win/Win or No Deal, which means that if a situation is not Win/Win, I simply will not tolerate it in my life. If a situation is not Win/Win, I either walk away from it or do something to fix it.
- Seek First To Understand – This lesson can eliminate nearly every mis-communication that you ever have in your life. So often, arguments can occur because we put too much emphasis on being understood, on getting our point across. Seek First To Understand means that we need to focus on understanding the other person first, while putting aside our own need to be understood. When you do this, the chances of a mis-understanding is greatly reduced.
- Sharpen The Saw – This is a great one for anyone dealing with stress and overwhelm in their lives. We get so busy taking care of everything that we need to take care of that there can be little left for ourselves. Sharpen The Saw is an analogy that suggests that cutting through the busyness of our lives can be done in a fraction of the time when we are well rested & well prepared.
Thank you Stephen R. Covey, you have made a huge, positive difference in my life and I am grateful.
What is your most important lesson learned from Stephen R. Covey?