PRAISE FOR TRAP TALES
"Trap Tales is a triumph! The book reveals the 7 traps that can turn life′s journey into an obstacle course. With clear examples and calls to actions, David Covey and Stephan Mardyks give you tools to escape and avoid these harmful traps. Read this book, apply its wisdom, and live your best life."
KEN BLANCHARD, bestselling coauthor of The New One Minute Manager and Leading At A Higher Level
"Wow! What a tremendous book. I found myself enraptured by the story. Covey and Mardyks created characters that the reader comes to truly care about and whose stories they want to follow. That, along with very insightful content, creative analogies and relevant examples kept me deeply engaged throughout. I genuinely loved it."
JIM LOEHR, cofounder of the Human Performance Institute, renowned performance psychologist, bestselling author
"Covey and Mardyks are a dynamic duo! They′ve broken free from the standard approach to bring us a novel, hopeful bookone that shows that we can change the trajectory of our lives. If you feel trapped by circumstance or stuck in old patterns of thinking, read Trap Tales and breakthrough."
LIZ WISEMAN, bestselling author of Multipliers and Rookie Smarts
"Anyone interested in learning how to avoid the basic pitfalls of life will enjoy the engrossing read that Trap Tales delivers. Covey and Mardyks offer an eye–opening story of life that imparts invaluable wisdom and is an amazing guide for people of all ages."
STEDMAN GRAHAM, bestselling author, speaker and entrepreneur
"Few in the world of personal and organizational development have a more comprehensive view of all the field has to offer. I highly recommend a careful reading and application of the accumulated wisdom Covey and Mardyks have to offer for both spotting and liberating ourselves from life′s most subtle and pernicious traps."
JOSEPH GRENNY, cofounder of VitalSmarts and bestselling coauthor of Crucial Conversations
Foreword by Stephen M. R. Covey ix
PART 1 Alex’s Story 1
The Story Begins 3
PART 2 Traps 1–3 27
Trap 1: The Relationship Trap 29
Trap 2: The Money Trap 45
Trap 3: The Focus Trap 65
PART 3 Traps 4–6 81
Back to Reality 83
Trap 4: The Change Trap 93
Trap 5: The Learning Trap 115
Trap 6: The Career Trap 135
PART 4 Trap 7 147
Decision Day 149
Trap 7: The Purpose Trap 161
The Perfect Trip 173
Trapologist Toolbox 179
Four Characteristics of a Trap 179
Four–Phase Progression 179
Traps 1–7 Overviews 181
About the Authors 201