#Hyrum July 31

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If you know me you know I am a planner. I have owned a Franklin Covey Day Planner since the 1980’s. I am convinced that 80% of what we accomplish each day is the result of just 20% of our habits.

For me those daily habits are listed in my planner each morning. They include prayer, writing, exercise, reading, and some form of gratitude towards others.


I got turned on to this system by David Vandenberg who was in charge of dining services at UNC Pembroke at that time. Dave worked for Marriott at the time as they were the vendor running the dining hall. I also owe the late Don Meyer a big debt of gratitude for teaching me the nuances of the system and how to best use that for coaching basketball.

Dave (on left) and I at the Ocean Isle Oyster Festival a few years ago.

2013 Dave and Dan OIB Oyster Festival

Franklin Planner was founded by Hyrum Smith. He is often dubbed the “Father of Time Management”

In 1997 he merged Franklin Planner with Covey Leadership Center to form Franklin Covey

Covey Leadership Center was created by Stephen R Covey.

What I enjoyed about HYRUM Smith was he didn’t teach you what to value in your life but taught you how to value.

One of his best lessons was a story about an I-Beam

This story ends with a question what would you walk across an I-Beam for?

When you answer HYRUM Smith question he just taught you HOW to value.  It is up to each of us to decide WHAT to value.




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