Stephen Covey, whose book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People became a best-selling self-help guide, has died at the age of 79. The cause of death was reportedly complications from a bike accident he’d suffered back in April.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People was first published in 1989 and has sold more than twenty-five million copies. The book focuses on the need for people to align themselves with what Covey saw as a timeless character ethic. The reader is encouraged to accept the need for a change in mindset, and to then embark upon a program of embracing the seven habits that Covey sets out.
In 2004, Covey released a sequel titled The Eighth Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness that attempted to take his earlier work and move it forward another step. He continued to write, and also became involved in various online projects.