PofE 037: Book Review – First Things First – Stephen Covey

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First Things First


• “First Things First” is a book written in 1994 by Stephen Covey and the Merrill brothers that changed my life and focused me on a daily habit of scheduling first things first. The premise of the book is to keep the main thing the main thing.

• Ken Blanchard in his endorsement of the book states, "Together with the Merrills, Stephen Covey has written a thought-provoking book that makes us look at ourselves in life more importantly, 'First Thing First' gently guides us to the basic principles."

• Steve Young, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, stated, "The greatest successes I've had in my life can be attribute to the life-changing principles Covey teaches in 'First Things First.'"

• Melanie Mackenzie, co-author of “Managing Your Goals,” stated, "Time management gives us the tools but 'First Things First' delivers us to a place where we can each make the right choices; fueled by powerful visions of a life lived as a legacy – a life of enduring meaning."


PofE 022: How Stephen Covey Helped Me Achieve A Work-Life Balance

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"The effect of one upright individual is incalculable." -Oscar Arias

"When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally"  -Lao-Tzu


His Life

  • Born October 24, 1932 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Grandson of Stephen Mack Covey, founder of Little America.
  • Earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in business administration from the University of