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Stephen Covey Quotes


The author of the bestselling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, as well as other books.
(1932 - )

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A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships.
[Business]
 

Begin with the end in mind.
 

Between stimulus and response, one has the freedom to choose.
 

Courage is not the absence of fear but the awareness that something else is more important.
 

Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it -- immediately.
[Mistakes]
 

Each of us tends to think we see things as they are, that we are objective. But this is not the case. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are - or as we are conditioned to see it.
 

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
[Business]
 

Effective people are not problem-minded; they're opportunity minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems.
 

Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change.
[Change]
 

Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.
[Happiness]
 

If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we're getting.
 

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.
 

In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.
 

It's a fact that more people watch television and get their information that way than read books. I find new technology and new ways of communication very exciting and would like to do more in this field.
 

Leaders are neither born nor made, they are self-made.
 

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
[Imagination]
 

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
[Against]
 

Management works in the system. Leadership works on the system.
 

Many people seem to think that success in one area can compensate for failure in other areas. But can it really?...True effectiveness requires balance.
 

Most people struggle with life balance simply because they haven't paid the price to decide what is really important to them.
 


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