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I can’t tell you how important this man was to me and the development of my career.
In addition to writing one of the most popular self-improvement books of all time, Dr. Covey was an inspirational role model for this author and speaker.
I vividly remember the last time I saw Stephen Covey. It was in a large hotel meeting room in Kansas City.
There was no backstage area and I knew that any special guests would be likely to enter the door closest to the podium, so I sat up front hoping to meet the legend.
Good things happen when you sit in front
A few minutes before the program began, a bald, unassuming man walked into the room without fanfare or an entourage and sat right…next… to me!
We chatted for a few minutes before the program began and it was a great moment for me. Later, I got to be in a group photo with Dr. Covey and some other attendees (above).
The 7 habits
The good doctor was not an entertainer, he was an intellect. He wasn’t funny; he was smart. Covey’s content was what I call a “slow cook.”
For the uninitiated, here’s are the seven habits, along with a brief description of each.
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Take initiative in life by realizing that your decisions are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Envision the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life.
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Prioritize, plan, and execute your week’s tasks based on importance rather than urgency.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Strive for mutually beneficial solutions. Understand that a “win” for all is crucial to a “good deal.”
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Create an atmosphere of caring, respect, and positive problem solving. Empathic listening compels others to be 0pen to you.
Habit 6: Synergize
Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle.
I read “7 Habits” and then created this product
Dr. Covey’s 7 Habits book inspired me to create the FastLearnerAudio series.
It helps people with the four topics that are most important to achieving productivity: time, difficult people, success habits, and stress.
FLA1 for Personal Development has been called “success in a box.” It contains four 60-minute audio CDs and four 30-page e-books.
This has become one of my best-selling products and I owe it all to the Godfather of professional development.
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