Stephen Richards Covey was an eminent American non-fiction author. He was a multitalented personality who was recognized for his work as a successful businessman, educator and an influential public speaker. He is credited for writing one of the most influential business books of twentieth century, titledThe Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Covey was born on October 24, 1932, to Stephen Glenn Covey and Irene Louise Richards and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. His ancestors were involved in some of the major developments occurred in the American societies. Covey was an athletically inclined youth. However, he developed a hip disorder known as slipped capital femoral epiphysis in his adolescence, thus he had to redirect his attention toward academics. He became an eager participant in the school debates and graduated early from the high school. He then attended the University of Utah from where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Covey aced his academic career as he was accepted at the Harvard University and earned an MBA degree. Afterwards, he diverted his attention from business studies to doctoral studies in religion. Since then he had been awarded ten honorary doctorates including Doctor of Religious Education (DRE) from Brigham Young University.