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Quotes by Stephen Covey

A Collection of Quotes by Stephen Covey

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”

“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and
he will become as he can and should be.”

“Free your heart from hatred – forgive. Free your mind from worries – most never happen. Live simply and appreciate what you have. Give more. Expect less.”

“The problems in life come when we’re sowing one thing and expecting to reap something entirely different.”

“Live your life by a compass, not a clock.”

“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”

“You can’t change the fruit without changing the root.”

“It is possible to be busy – very busy – without being very effective.”

“Prepare your mind and heart before you prepare your speech . What we say may be less important than how we say it.”

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

“To achieve goals you’ve never achieved before, you need to start doing things you’ve never done before.”

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.”

“People simply feel better about themselves when they’re good at something.”

“Leadership is a choice, not a position.”

“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.”

“You can’t talk your way out of a problem you behaved your way into!”

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. They’re either speaking or preparing to speak. They’re filtering everything through their own paradigms, reading their autobiography into other people’s lives.”

“Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education.”

“Make small commitments and keep them. Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.”

“When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.”

“Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential.”

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

“Two people can see the same thing, disagree, and yet both be right. It’s not logical; it’s psychological.”

“When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it’s like giving them emotional oxygen.”

“I teach people how to treat me by what I will allow.”

“Integrity is conforming reality to our words – in other words, keeping promises and fulfilling expectations.”

“To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.”

“If you can hire people whose passion intersects with the job, they won’t require any supervision at all. They will manage themselves better than anyone could ever manage them. Their fire comes from within, not from without. Their motivation is internal, not external.”

“You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them.”

“Beginners are many; finishers are few.”

“We immediately become more effective when we decide to change ourselves rather than asking things to change for us.”

“The reality is that everybody makes mistakes. The issue isn’t whether you will make them, it’s what you will do about them. It’s whether you will choose the path of humility and courage or the path of ego and pride.”

“Humility is the mother of all virtues, courage the father, integrity the child and wisdom the grandchild.”

“You can retire from a job, but don’t ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life.”

“Almost every significant breakthrough is the result of a courageous break with traditional ways of thinking.”

“Unless you’re continually improving your skills, you’re quickly becoming irrelevant.”

“At some time in your life, you probably had someone believe in you when you didn’t believe in yourself.”

“We judge ourselves by our intentions. And others by their actions.”

“The way we see the problem is the problem.”

“Begin with the end in mind.”

“Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.”

“See every problem as an opportunity to exercise creative energy.”

“If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control – myself.”

“It doesn’t really matter how fast you’re going if you’re heading in the wrong direction.”

“We are free to choose our actions, but we are not free to choose the consequences of these actions.”

“What you do has far greater impact than what you say.”

“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.”

“Improve relationships with others by assuming that they can hear everything you say about them.”

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

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