Summary of Everyday Greatness

Inspiration for a Meaningful Life

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Everyday Greatness book summary
Feeling hopeless? Defeated? Down? Covey has compiled a collection of uplifting stories and quotes to cheer you up again.


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Since 1922, Reader’s Digest has offered its readers uplifting stories and wise insights, spiced with gentle humor. In this anthology, David K. Hatch has collected some of the best of these stories and quotations, with added commentary from inspirational writer Stephen R. Covey. Their book provides numerous examples of ordinary people living principled lives. Without fanfare, quietly and nobly, these unrecognized heroes make the world a better place. They demonstrate what conviction, charity and goodness really mean. Although many of the anecdotes are saccharine and superficial, getAbstract believes that even the most exhausted workers and jaded managers will discover words of inspiration in this book.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What “everyday greatness” really means;
  • How to make a positive contribution to the world through how you live every day; and
  • Which internal qualities you need to become a “transformer,” someone who resists negativity.


You Can Be Great
Greatness is not only the domain of the powerful, rich or famous. It also belongs to ordinary people who live with dignity, courage and integrity. Great people successfully negotiate three kinds of choices, which everyone confronts every day: “The...
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About the Authors

Stephen R. Covey is the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a classic that has sold more than 15 million copies. David K. Hatch is a business consultant who advises organizations about leadership.

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