Quotes from Stephen Covey

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 Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

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

The only person I know, is the person I want to be.

Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.

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

The way we see the problem is the problem.

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

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

There are three constants in life… Change, Choice and Principles.

You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.”

The first choice we make each and every day is, “Will we act upon life, or will we merely be acted upon?

Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do)

Courage isn’t absence of fear, it is the awareness that something else is important.

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

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

The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions.

If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.


Books by Stephen Covey – Best Sellers

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The Speed of Trust


Smart Trust : The Defining Skill that Transforms Managers into Leaders


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