Stephen Covey, '7 Habits' Author, Dies at 79

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Author and motivational speaker Stephen Covey passed away Monday from complications stemming from a bicycle accident earlier this year. He was 79.

Covey was best known for his popular self-help book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

"In his final hours, he was surrounded by his loving wife and each one of his children and their spouses, just as he always wanted," his family said in a statement.

Covey was hospitalized after being knocked unconscious in a serious bike crash April 19 on a steep road in the foothills of Provo, Utah. 

He was taken to the hospital and doctors found some signs of bleeding on his brain.  Still, at the time, his publicist said there seemed to be no long-term damage.

Covey's teachings like "begin with the end in mind" moved people to think about how they'd like to be remembered after their life was over.  He wanted others to commit to reflecting good character and integrity.

In his book, Covey's "7 habits" included:

  • Be Proactive
  • Begin With The End In Mind
  • Put First Things First
  • Think Win/Win
  • Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen The Saw

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