The Wisdom and Teachings of Steve R. Covey is a compendium of wisdom drawn from the author’s experience. The information provided is very applicable to everyday living.
For instance, Covey outlines his ideas about the important things that must be in place in order to have a reasonably successful life. These things include accountability, balance, trust, choice, courage, effectiveness, honesty, the openness to learn, potential, empathy and leadership.
The author spends quite a bit of time stressing the need to have strong discipline in order to succeed. In fact, he explains how disciplined people are free. This is true because disciplined people know how to spend prudently, set boundaries with other people and get the highest priority things done first or done at all.
The author explains how some of these important traits can and should be developed early. For instance, giving small children chores to do instills accountability and personal responsibility early in life. Trust is a condition precedent to communicating easily with people. Courage provides the backbone to take calculated risks because perfect safety can lead to nowhere.
Covey ranks honesty as an important characteristic because pretense is hell. Empathy is another important trait because it is a condition precedent to understanding the problems of other people with sufficient clarity to be of assistance.
The book explains the power of win-win scenarios over destructive sum zero conflicts and confrontations. The achievement of a win-win scenario will require deep empathy, cooperation and the attainment of trust so that the parties can work on achieving optimal paths for any course of action.
The Wisdom and Teachings of Steve R. Covey is an important personal improvement book that can assist people in achieving their fullest potential while overcoming the classic stumbling blocks to accomplishing even the smallest of tasks.
The book is written simply and understandably for a large community of readers.
It functions as a memorial; the author passed away in July 2012.