Jay Abraham’s Letter on Stephen Covey

Below is a letter from Jay Abraham on Stephen Covey. I know in no way
this is relevant to Point of Sale system but it’s something that I believe
will benefit people especially if you haven’t read Stephen Covey’s works.

Stephen R. Covey, author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective
People,” died unexpectedly on Monday. The world is saddened by his
passing, but has been blessed these 79 years by his life.

He was a friend, but even more, he was a true benefactor to the
betterment of our entire world. An obituary in USA Today started out by
calling him “A force of human nature…”

They talked about how his “seven habits” have been woven into the
emotional wellbeing of multimillions of people’s lives – in almost every
walk of life – from self-help to the corporate boardrooms of big

Bill Clinton said Stephen’s book was one of three that every worker
should read to “dramatically” boost the nation’s prosperity. Chief
Executive Magazine said the Seven Habits was THE most influential book
of the 20th Century.

One of his most powerful – yet elegantly simple messages: “Seek first to
understand, then to be understood.” He coined the concept of “Win-Win.”
He taught people (including me) to be proactive. He stimulated people to
think differently, more respectfully, empathically, externally.

He stimulated you to examine your situation and circumstances from
perspectives you never considered doing before. And, invariably they’d
discover an innovative breakthrough. One that far surpassed the status

Stephen R. Covey wrote his book for business people; but its message and
influence crossed over into their personal lives.

Families became stronger, values rose higher, relationships became more
meaningful – ALL because of one man’s willingness to dedicate two
decades of studying hundreds of books, thousands of essays, legions of
different philosophies, ideologies, methodologies – looking for the
simple, universal truths.

Interesting — in a world where many people are looking for a short-cut
or trying to “game the system,” Stephen’s message was based on an
immutable bedrock: Focus on your character, values, conduct, respect for
others, operate with unflinching integrity. Have the courage to be
extraordinary – not just of yourself, but in your ability to grow,
develop, improve and enrich and seed greatness into countless others. He
also urged us to have patience.

Stephen loved entrepreneurs like you. He’d “always” make time from his
busy schedule and high-paid (we’re talking six figures to speak for 60
minutes) activities, to contribute to me – for you!

If that meant coming to Las Vegas the same day he’d landed from Tokyo
just to talk to one of my seminar groups for an hour – he’d do that,
too. If that meant stepping out of an important board meeting with some
Fortune 500 corporation just to do a 90-minute conference call
discussion with my group – he’d willingly/enthusiastically do it.

I’d always get an admonishment from his assistant, saying Stephen can
only do it for 60 minutes, and then he’d continue —
sharing/inspiring/transforming my audience for 60 minutes more. He was
just an extraordinary man, a monumental mind, a mammoth influence for
all that’s good. Stephen R. Covey was someone who changed every life he
touched, myself included.

If you haven’t read the Seven Habits book – do it, now! If you have, but
it’s been awhile, do it again and have everyone in your world – business
and personal – read it, too!

I was blessed to have Stephen R. Covey not only as a friend, but as a
true benefactor of the entrepreneur.

I feel privileged, honored and blessed to have had him and his influence
in my life.

I feel more blessed to have had someone transcribe some of the wonderful
discussions and interviews he generously did with me – about, and for –
you, the passionate entrepreneur.

It is my honor, and privilege – to share two of those documents with you

It will mean a lot to me to have you read them or re-read them if you
have them already (but it’s been a long time). But it will mean far more
to you in the shifts you will make.

One is the full transcript of a nearly two-hour interview I conducted
with Stephen on the topic of igniting more passion, possibility and
purpose into the hearts and souls of entrepreneurs.

The other is a distilled, “abstract” of a short interview we did of him
right before the economy came crashing down. They’re yours-gratis. No
opt-in required. No purchase necessary.

Just click this link to download instantly:
Download the Steven Covey Interviews by Clicking Here

(Note: If you have problems, just right click the link and choose “Save As”)

In fact, I urge you to pass them around to everyone you possibly can.
They don’t benefit me one iota. But they do enrich and illuminate
everyone who reads them.

Anyhow, here are both the long and short documents. One we did in 2005,
and the other in 2008.

Also, since Stephen’s son, Stephen M.R. Covey is also a precious friend
and personifies in his professional life all his father stood for – I’d
like you to ALSO have a profound interview I was equally privileged to
conduct with him on the concept of trust’s role in our business and
personal life’s success.

Again, I felt enormously lucky to have had Stephen R. Covey befriend me
and my work. You will be equally blessed if you follow his teachings.

Again just Download the Steven Covey Interviews by Clicking Here.
This is a direct download – No opt-in required.

Stephen R. Covey truly was a force of human nature. You’ll understand
why when you read his perspectives on life.

Respectfully but sadly,
Jay Abraham

Social Media & Business Strategy

Saw this article in the Straits Times newspaper so thought of sharing with you all. Social media was the hype years back and people were generally skeptical if it would work for businesses. After a couple of years, we can see more and more companies embracing it. However, it’s not about jumping in and be all over the place. One must still define the objective(s) of engaging social media and there must be plans lay out and executed step by step. Happy reading!