Quotes by American Businessman Stephen Covey


There are three constants in life... change, choice and principles. Stephen Covey

Live out of your imagination, not your history. Stephen Covey

Seek first to understand and then to be understood. Stephen Covey

While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions. Stephen Covey

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. Stephen Covey

Priority is a function of context. Stephen Covey

Accountability breeds response-ability. Stephen Covey

Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character Stephen Covey

Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us. Stephen Covey

Love - THE FEELING - is a fruit of love, the verb. Stephen Covey

The ability to manage well doesn't make much difference if you're not even in the right jungle. Stephen Covey

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. Stephen Covey

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. Stephen Covey

If you're proactive, you don't have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own. Stephen Covey

People can't live with change if there's not a changeless core inside them. The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value. Stephen Covey

It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize. Stephen Covey

As a principle-centered person you try to stand apart from the emotion of the situation and from other factors that would act on you, and evaluate the options. Looking at the balanced whole--the work needs, the family needs, the other needs that may be involved, and the possible implications of the various alternatives -- you'll try to come up with the best solution taking all factors into consideration. We are limited but we can push back the borders of our limitations. Stephen Covey

In addition to self-awareness, imagination and conscience, it is the fourth human endowment-independent will-that really makes effective self-management possible. It is the ability to make decisions and choices and to act in accordance with them. It is the ability to act rather than to be acted upon, to proactively carry out the program we have developed through the other three endowments. Empowerment comes from learning how to use this great endowment in the decisions we make every day. Stephen Covey

The character ethic, which I believe to be the foundation of success, teaches that there are basic principles of effective living, and that people can only experience true success and enduring happiness as they learn and integrate these principles into their basic character. Stephen Covey

Lose/Win people bury a lot of feelings. And unexpressed feelings come forth later in uglier ways. Psychosomatic illnesses often are the reincarnation of cumulative resentment, deep disappointment and disillusionment repressed by the Lose/Win mentality. Disproportionate rage or anger, overreaction to minor provocation, and cynicism are other embodiments of suppressed emotion. People who are constantly repressing, not transcending feelings toward a higher meaning find that it affects the quality of their relationships with others. Stephen Covey


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