There is a joy beyond description that can be experienced at times like this.
As an active member of the LDS Church I understand the doctrine that can allow
such an experience. I get a breaking news alert via email on my Deseret News
online account and I learn that a truly great man whom I have looked up to and
admired has died. My very first impression; I smile, my heart rejoices as I
try to imagine the joy taking place as part of a family already having completed
this mortal probation reunites. I know there is a celebration just beyond the
veil my heart and soul know of but can only try to imagine as a celebration I
fully understand takes place within me in that very instant. I have learned so
much from "Brother Covey" and I want his family who might read this to
know there are thousands like me. It is necessary to grieve and we can weep
with you but the knowledge overcomes the sorrow. Someone you won't ever
know is writing this and I do so promise you the doctrine is true.
I once heard him comment that he felt that Christ was the ultimate example of
the seven habits. His humility in success was another great example. May his
family and friends be comforted by their memories and hope in an eternal
Stephen Covey, I will remember his energy where as a young missionary he
lectured us at a Mission Conference held in Houston Texas, December 1980. He
gave us all a signed copy of his book "Spiritual Roots of Human
Relations". I have been an avid reader and follower of his works ever since.
I can say that having worked for Franklin Covey that what he preached was truly
practiced by the company. For six months I was allowed to work a majority of my
time at home while I cared for my terminally ill brother until he passed away.
Eventually I was laied off but with a very generous severance package. I will
never forget the generosity of this very kind man and social visionary; he will
be sorely missed!
His passing comes as sad news. My condolences to the Covey family. I'm
pretty sure I owe my life to this great man.
I enjoyed learning from him many years ago in Ventura or maybe it was Thousand
Oaks, California in the '80's when I took a seminar on positive
outlook and time management. I was so happy when I got a certificate for the
classes and had been able to put it on my resume. I always thought highly of
him and what he taught. I used his Franklin system all my life. What a wonderful
example for his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren! Thank you for
sharing him with me.
The Divine Center! I wore out my first copy and just bought it again for my
Before the 7 Habits, he wrote Spiritual Roots of Human Relations - and something
about Christ centered life, which gave me a strong start. I was saddened to
hear of his death, but inspired about his impact on Earthlife. Well done, Bro
As a young Missionary, Stephen R Covey was our Mission Representative. The
first time I met him was several months into my Mission, but I learned more in
two hours in his presence about the art of teaching than in the previous months.
I will never forget how he became the "unheard voice of the
investigator" as he would wqatch us teach. From someone else, it could have
appeared negative, but he was just so positive, and it lifted us to want to be
better. He spoke quietly, and I had to lean forward slightly to hear him. I
did so gladly, as I knew that what he was saying was worth the hearing.Thank-you Brother Covey. Thank-you for caring about the one. God bless you
and your family during the temporary separation before you all thrill in that
joyous reunion that awaits.
Any time I'm in a contract negotiation I always think about the win/win
concept. There are many things that I have learned from what Stephen Covey
taught, but trying to put myself in the other person's shoes and thinking
about the deal from their perspective and trying to make sure that it makes
sense to them as well as the company that I'm working for is something that
I have incorporated into my life and into my business dealings. May God bless
each member of the Covey family at this difficult time.
I grew up with the Covey's, and went to school with his children. What a
great guy and what a great family he raised. I just can't say how sad this
makes me but at the same time I am sure he is as happy as ever, positive about
his new experience and soaking in all the new info. I'd sure love to read
the book he would write about it.Thanks for the memories.
Enrolled in one of Steven Covey's classes at BYU in the 1970's. He
truely was a marvelousmotivator. He saw things from many different sides
and aspects. Very Positive Always!!!Enjoyed the class and his many
books.Thanks Brother Covey.LOrd Bless him in his new
life on the other side and LOrd Bless his family here in this life
I loved his analogy of the spiral staircase vs. the rotating door. Each step
may feel like the last, but one rises you to a higher level. Can you
repeat what you just did at a higher level?thank you Stephen.
From a SL Tribune article: "Sagers said her father, an avid cyclist, was
cycling with a friend Thursday in Rock Canyon Park when the accident occurred.
Covey went down a hill too fast and flipped forward on the bicycle,
Sagers said. She said her father was wearing a helmet but it appears to have
slipped backward as Covey was falling. Covey’s head hit the pavement,
Sagers said. "It was a pretty big goose egg on the top of his
head," Sagers said. Covey also suffered cracked ribs and a
partially collapsed lung. The friend called 911, and an ambulance took Covey to
the hospital." wonder if anyone knows more details on an
apparent ill-fitting helmet.
Stephen Covey aided me personally as well. I was also happy to help him with
one of his books. Stephen M.R. Covey is a special friend. May God bless all of
you at this time of grief.
Stephen Covey was the real deal.(a number of the people around him
in his business were less so)
A wonderful man who was instrumental in teaching students, listeners and readers
how to think, not what to think.Forever grateful!Condolences to family and friends.
Best advice that changed my life.A church centered life has some
value.A family centered life has some value.But only a Divine
Center life meets all the tests. Love you, Dr. Covey.
Mr. Covey sat next to me on a plane and saw I had a Covey time management
leather cover. He asked me if he could see it and opened it to find a Franklin
system. I laughed embarrassingly as he took out a blank page. While he talked
to me on the flight he scribbled on the page. When we were done he drew a saw
over his doodles and said, "Your doing great. Just sharpen it." Then he
put the page back into my planner.I should have had him sign the
doodle. Anyways, I carried that page with me for about 10 years.
Just recently finished the 7 Habits workshop, and it's just as timely as
ever. Great insights and clarity. Stephen had a gift of crystalizing timeless
truth into nuggets accessible to anybody interested in learning them. I really
enjoyed the training and know he's left a lasting legacy in his wake.
I brought in speakers from around the US to speak to entrepreneurs. Everyone
found them impressive. But when Steve Covey came, that 3 hour block riveted
people to their chairs and was life altering. Covey was a terrific person and
had so much to offer. May you rest a moment before you continue your eternal
Dr Stephen Covey...he liked to simply be called "Stephen" to those he
considered his friends, and everybody seemed to be Stephen's friend...He
was a giant in the community, and a warm, affable gentleman who was a mentor to
presidents, prime ministers, and even pontiffs...If everybody were to embrace
the principles taught by Dr Covey, this world would be a much better place.
Every time Stephen would see me, he would affectionately rub my bald head, and
call me his twin. I will truly miss this giant of a man with his sweet, gentle
spirit. I suppose he is in heaven right now organizing seminars, and giving
lectures to the angels. Rest in peace, Stephen Covey.....
Truly an inspiring life and a legacy well worth the effort. not only will his
family miss him, and condolences to them, but so will the rest of the world!
I'd heard he died from complications from his bike crash.And
frankly, that's the way I'd want to go: still active when I'm
"old" and passing away as a result. Far better than sitting
around watching my golden years rust. Great example, even to the end!
The 7 Habits changed my life for the better as well. Glad I had a chance to
learn from this man. Best wishes to his family and friends.
Any connection one can make to Bro. Covey, whether through his books, lectures,
or personal contact, yields great benefits...he was a great man who put his
whole heart and soul into both doing and teaching wonderful principles to live
by. He will be missed.
Stephen always knew what to say to validate me, make me feel better about me
than I thought even about myself. He was a champion for what´s right, but
mostly, for doing the right thing.
Being with the end in mind...Well lived life. Thanks
for all the distilled wisdom Br. Covey, and the time you spent chatting with me
after OB321 on particularly horrible day of my life in 1979, it made a world of
difference.Best Wishes and condolences to his family and close
How awesome that he was biking at the age of 79! Doing what he loved until the
end. Condolences to all the Covey family.
He was my professor 41 years ago when I studied for my MBA at BYU. He changed
the entire direction of my life. I have used his philosophy and teachings to
"heal" three broken companies. I met with him briefly last year and
thanked him. He was counselor to 35 heads of state around the world. He was an
amazing teacher and perhaps the best ambassador this state has ever had.HOWEVER, to call him a motivational speaker trivializes his life's
work. He was so much more than that. He was firmly rooted in principles rather
than techniques. He taught "empathy" in ways nobody else could.The world will miss him, but what a Legacy he has left !!
RIP Stephen Covey! I can't even begin to express how his "7 Habits"
book changed my life.
I had the priviledge of meeting Mr. Covey at Riverside Country Club in 1993. He
had great presence, almost an authority-like aura. I liked him. Given his
enthusiasm and power, I'm not surprised he was still biking (and going
fast!) at age 79. The man taught a lot of truth and inspired millions.If it's not inappropriate, I'd like to know what exactly led to this
great man's untimely death: swelling, stroke, internal bleeding, heart
related?Wishing comfort to all his great family.
Individuals, families, and businesses will greatly miss the inspired advice of
Stephen R. Covey. One of my favorite quotes attributed to him goes something
like: "Before you go charging up the latter of success, make sure it's
leaning against the right building." That advice has been huge in my life.
" seek first to understand, not to be understood." Thank you mr.
An awesome man. Thanks Stephen!-roger-