Everyday Greatness by Stephen R. Covey

David K. Hatch has compiled a collection of stories and quotes that truly provide the reader "inspiration for a meaningful life." Everyday Greatness is divided into seven examples of living a meaningful life, each example is then examined through three principles. The commentary from Stephen R. Covey introduces the three principles which illustrate an aspect of living a meaningful life. Each of the twenty-one chapters concludes with a wrap-up and questions for reflection.

Everyday Greatness is more than a compilation of short stories first published in Reader's Digest. This publication is an accumulation of motivating words compelling the reader to choose to act, to live with purpose and with principles. After reading over four hundred pages of thought provoking anecdotes, Covey provides an afterword with six suggestions on how to put the principles of Everyday Greatness into practice.

The most distinguishable characteristic of Everyday Greatness is that it reads as though it was custom written for me. In each story, I could relate to either the person I am, or the person I aspire to be. In chapter ten, Covey begins with,
"All things are created twice. All things. Vision is the first creation."
Without vision, there can be no action. In the ensuing pages, I realized that I had lost my vision a long time ago. Everyday Greatness replaced my blindness with a desire to envision the life I want, so that I can act upon that vision. I highly recommend Everyday Greatness to any reader wanting to find more greatness in their life.

Everyday Greatness
Stephen R. Covey, David K. Hatch
Thomas Nelson
Self-Help/Personal Growth
ISBN-13: 978-1-4016-0241-3
464 pages
Hardcover- pub. October 10, 2006
Rating: Unforgettable

Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a complimentary copy of Everyday Greatness!


  1. I love it when a book just gets you. Nice recommendation, I think I will check it out. Sounds like it is positive and inspirational, right up my alley. Thanks!

  2. "Everydaday Greatness" is just as you described, Holly. Since it's an anthology, you can open it up and read a few pages of uplifting words, then open it again whenever you need a little encouragement. It's great for every library!

    Thanks for visiting me, Holly!

  3. I really enjoy Stephen Covey and read his book The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People years ago as part of a managing training program. I still live by some of the things I have learned in that book and recommend it to everyone!

  4. Recently, I've received several suggestions to read "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." I think it's time for me to finally read it, as each recommendation came from a very successful person. Thanks, Sheila!


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