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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Yes Virginia, There is an 8th Habit

"My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am."

Not exactly how I would describe my life goal, but if Mr Covey said it I'll try to figure out what he meant.

In this recent profile, the following factoids where revealed:

- The 7 Habits has sold 15 million copies and continues to sell 50,000 to 100,000 a month.

- A survey by Chief Executive magazine chose 7 Habits as the most influential book of the 20th century.

- A sign in his hallway to the bathroom says: "What if the Hokey Pokey is really what it is all about?"

- Covey had planned to crank out The 8th Habit in six months, in time for the 10th anniversary of 7 Habits. That was in 1999. Instead it is being released on the 15th anniversary in 2004.

- Covey taught organizational behavior for 24 years at BYU until he was 50, when he struck out on his own to find success relatively late in life.

- When Colombian President Alvaro Uribe asked how Habit 4 — "Think win/win" — might apply to terrorists, Covey told him: "You have to hunt them down and kill them. It's win-win or no deal. In this case, it's no deal."

So I bought the audio version of the 8th Habit. Next time I'll tell you about my surprise when I popped in the first CD.