The 3 Gaps Debuts, Offers Simple Ways to Live Values and Unleash Productivity

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Author Hyrum W. Smith, co-founder of Franklin Covey, shares blueprint to close three key gaps In our lives

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So many of us are experiencing incongruity in our lives where we have veered off the path of what matters most and have lost our way. By applying the blueprint in this book, we can find inner peace and greater happiness.

Our country is in a productivity crisis. A recent Gallup survey found that less than a third of U.S. workers were engaged in their jobs. That lack of engagement translates into lost productivity of $500 billion.

How can we stop this productivity plunge? Apparently, by being happier. A new book out today gives individuals and organizations the tools necessary to unlock this happiness and rev up productivity.

Hyrum W. Smith’s The 3 Gaps is now available at major book retailers including Amazon and Hudson Booksellers.

Research shows that workers who are happier are more productive in the workplace. In The 3 Gaps, Smith, co-founder of Franklin Covey shows that achieving happiness and leading a fulfilling life is a straightforward process.

“Over the 30 years that I have taught people in the corporate world, I have concluded that there is one basic element that is common to happy people. They feel that they are making a difference,” said Smith. “People who don’t feel like they’re making a difference are those who spend their energy on things that don’t matter most to them. If energy is being used on things that distract us from our most important priorities, then we will have a more difficult time making a difference that matters.”

Smith’s book outlines three root causes of stress, dissatisfaction, and pain, which drain the energy we need to make a difference:

  •     the Beliefs Gap, the gap between beliefs that lead to behaviors that meet our needs and beliefs that do not;
  •     the Values Gap, the gap between what we value most in life and where we actually invest our time and energy; and
  •     the Time Gap, the gap between what we plan to do each day and what we actually get done.

Using inspiring true stories of people who have overcome difficult challenges, the author offers a practical blueprint that we all can use to close these gaps in our personal and work lives and move from the life we currently have to the life we really want.

“So many of us are experiencing incongruity in our lives where we have veered off the path of what matters most and have lost our way. By applying the blueprint in this book, we can find inner peace and greater happiness,” said Smith.
Advanced praise for The 3 Gaps has been abundant:

“If you want to quickly and effortlessly close the gaps from where you are to where you want to be, read this book and apply it now!”
—Mark Victor Hansen, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, whose books have sold 500 million copies

“To successfully manage a team, employees, or a family, we all must first manage ourselves. That is the great lesson of The 3 Gaps; and the great gift is that Mr. Smith so clearly tells us how.”
—Michelle Baron, award-winning producer/writer of worldwide family entertainment

“The 3 Gaps is a simple yet profound book that will enable you to live a better, more fulfilling life and have a positive impact on everyone around you.”
—Stephen M. R. Covey, New York Times bestselling author of The Speed of Trust and coauthor of Smart Trust

Smith’s book leverages the latest research from Harvard University in the field of positive psychology and more than three decades of experience helping close gaps for hundreds of individuals.

The 3 Gaps, published by Berrett-Koehler, is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, BK Pub, and Hudson Booksellers. For more information, including a sample chapter, details on Smith and his new company 3Gaps, book praise, press coverage, and purchasing information, visit

About the Author
Hyrum W. Smith is a distinguished author, speaker, and businessman. He was one of the original creators of the popular Franklin Day Planner. In 1983 he co-founded the Franklin Quest Company to produce the planner and train individuals and organizations in the time management principles on which the planner was based. He is the author of several nationally-acclaimed books, including The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management, What Matters Most, The Modern Gladiator, and You Are What You Believe. He also co-authored Excellence Through Time Management.

The 3 Gaps
By Hyrum W. Smith
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
January 11, 2016
14.95, paperback; 120 pages,
ISBN 1626566623

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