Stephen R. Covey, author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," has died. In a statement sent to employees of a Utah consulting firm Covey co-founded, his family said the writer and motivational speaker died at a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho, early Monday due to complications from a bicycle accident in April. Related: Stephen Covey, author of '7 Habits of Highly Effective People,' dies at 79

"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
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This book, written in 38 languages, became an international best seller. It has sold more than 20 million copies around the world.

In 2002, Forbes named it one of 10 most influential management books ever.

In Chief Executive magazine it was named as one of two most influential books of the 20th century.

Historically "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" sold more than 1.5 million copies, making it the best-selling nonfiction audio in history, according to The 3rd Alternative

"First Things First"

Covey's book "First Things First," published in 1994, sold over 2 million copies, according to The 3rd Alternative

Simon & Schuster said it was the "best-selling time-management book ever."

Time magazine recognition
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In 1996, Times magazine named Covey one of the 25 most influential people.

Fatherhood award
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The National Fatherhood Initiative named Covey the 2003 fatherhood award.

The National Fatherhood Initiative looks to the fathers who are involved, responsible and committed. The foundations strives to help other dads achieve that goal.

Covey has nine children and is a grandfather and great-frandfather, according to The 3rd Alternative.

Speaker of the Year
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Covey has given lectures in many different institutions worldwide.

In 1999, Covey received Speaker of the Year award, according to The 3rd Alternative.

"The 8th Habit"
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Covey's 2005 book, "The 8th Habit," was named the best business book by Soundview Executive Summaries.

Entrepreneur award
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In 1996, he received the Entrepreneur of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership, according to Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management.

Co-founder of FranklinCovey Co.
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He founded The Covey Leadership Center, which joined with Franklin Quest in 1997. Franklin Quest later merged to FranklinCovey, according to The 3rd Alternative.

"FranklinCovey creates transformational leadership in people and organizations everywhere through training, consulting and principle based programs," according to the FranklinCovey website

Man of Peace Award
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In 1998, Covey was awarded Sikh's International Man of Peace Award, according to Brigham Young University Marriott School.

Pioneer in Leadership
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In 2010, Covey received the Pioneer in Leadership Award during the BYU Management Society Utah Valley Chapter Pioneer in Leadership Award Gala held in the Thanksgiving Point Barn.

Top business thinkers
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Covey was ranked 47th in the Thinkers50, a list of the top 50 business thinkers in the world, in 2011.

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Covey was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1932. He was raised on an egg farm.

Teenage years
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During his teenage years, Covey suffered from degrading thighbones, according to a Fortune magazine profile in 1994.

Covey was on crutches for three years with steel pins in his legs, according to the Fortune magazine profile.


Covey went to the University of Utah receiving a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. After he received a M.B.A. in Business Administration from Harvard University and went back to Utah for a doctorate from Brigham Young University. Covey also received 10 honorary doctorates, according to The 3rd Alternative.

BYU professor
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Covey was a professor of business management for 24 years at Brigham Young University when "The 7 habits of Highly Effective People" was published in 1989.

He also was one of 11 volunteers on the President's leadership council and assistant to President Ernest L. Wilkinson at BYU, according to BYU Magazine.

University of Utah involvement

Covey was involved in various ways with the University of Utah, besides being a student.

He was the first incumbent of the Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair in Leadership.

And in February 2010 he became a tenured full-time professor for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at the University Of Utah, according to The 3rd Alternative

Counselor to notable figures
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Covey became a counselor for various prominent figures such as President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, according to BYU Magazine.