Live Life in Crescendo

The final book from the late legendary leadership expert Stephen R. Covey offers inspiration and optimism to live your best life.

Your Most Important Work Is Always Ahead of You

Stephen R. Covey spent his career inspiring millions to make their lives more effective, compassionate, and meaningful. Near the end of his life, he felt there were some final questions he needed to address in his work.

Live Life in Crescendo is Covey’s answer to these questions, outlining his vision for every age and stage of life. Taken from his personal mission statement, Covey urges all to “live life in crescendo,” continually growing in learning, influence, and contribution. In the same way that music builds on the previous notes, life too, builds on the past and unfolds in the future. This crescendo mentality urges you to use whatever you have—your time, talents, resources, gifts, passion, money, and influence—to enrich the lives of people around you, including your family, neighborhood, community, and the world.

Cowritten with his daughter Cynthia Covey Haller and published posthumously, Live Life in Crescendo is a life-changing and life-affirming book that befits the generosity and wisdom of the late Stephen R. Covey.

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Advance praise for Live Life in Crescendo

“This wonderful last gift from Stephen Covey, made with his daughter Cynthia, will inspire you to dream bigger and bolder.”

—Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again

“Stephen Covey, in his final leadership book, Live Life in Crescendo, completed by his daughter Cynthia, proposes a paradigm shift around retirement, suggesting that although we may retire from a job or career, we don’t ever have to retire from making meaningful contributions to those around us. With new insights and inspiring personal stories, the book helps us focus on leading a life of service with the same passion we brought to building successful careers.”

—Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive

“The dictum that I promote is ‘Making money may be happiness, but making other people happy is super happiness.’ Simply put, happiness comes from many sources, not just from financial success. It is when we share with and serve those in need that we experience our truest joy at a much deeper and fulfilling level. Live Life in Crescendo teaches us how to achieve a life of purpose, meaning, and contribution, by giving much, with full purpose of heart, for the greater good.”

—Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2006 and founder of Grameen Bank

“Retiring is not an end, but truly a beginning. We have more time to build even stronger relationships and to contribute and give back to our greater community. This inspiring, beautiful book provides us with examples, stories, and the wisdom needed to create lasting legacies that will live on far beyond our years. Thank you, Stephen and Cynthia, for Live Life in Crescendo, this wonderful book, which is a tribute to Stephen R. Covey and his legacy.”

—Indra Nooyi, former Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo

“It’s such a temptation to believe that we have done our best work. That we have peaked. That we are in decline. That our glory days are be- hind us. So, this book from Stephen Covey and Cynthia Covey Haller is a breath of fresh air. It inverts the situation entirely and invites us to believe that our great contribution is always ahead of us. Reading this has been a huge blessing to me, and it will be to you as well. You’ll never think of your life the same way again.”

—Greg McKeown, New York Times bestselling author of Essentialism and Effortless

“Whether you’ve enjoyed success, encountered adversity, or feel stagnation, our best times can still lie ahead. With Stephen Covey’s signature wisdom and warmth, this delightfully hopeful book shows how life can truly keep getting better and better.”

—Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Power of Regret, When, and Drive

“Stephen Covey lived his life in crescendo and constantly inspired others to do the same. He helped change the trajectory of my football career, and my life, when by happenstance we sat together on a plane. On that flight, I was inspired and rejuvenated. I had been in the presence of greatness as he masterfully shared principles in this book, which revealed the tremendous opportunities before me. His legacy shines on through this book and the lives of his family.”

—Steve Young, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and chairman and cofounder, HGGC

“Cynthia Covey Haller builds on the work of the late, great Stephen Covey in this inspirational book. Live Life in Crescendo will give everyone who reads it inspiration and hope to live a life that is productive and meaningful, from beginning to end.”

—Arthur C. Brooks, professor, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of From Strength to Strength

About the Authors

Recognized as one of Time magazine’s twenty-five most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey (1932–2012) was an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, business leader, and author. His books have sold more than 40 million copies (print, digital, and audio) in more than fifty languages throughout the world, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the 20th Century. After receiving an MBA from Har-vard University and a doctorate from Brigham Young University, he became the cofounder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the most trusted leadership company in the world.

Cynthia Covey Haller is an author, teacher, speaker, and active participant in her community. She has contributed to the writing of several books and articles, notably, The 3rd Alternative by Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, and The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make, both by Sean Covey. Cynthia has held multiple leadership positions in women’s organizations, served as a PTSA president, as an organizer for refugee aid and a food pantry volunteer, and she is currently working with her husband, Kameron, as a service volunteer helping with employment needs. She graduated from Brigham Young University and lives with her family in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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