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Stephen R. Covey Quote: “It’s not what happens to us, but our response to what happens to us that hurts us.”

It’s not what happens to us, but our response to what happens to us that hurts us.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We judge ourselves by our intentions. And others by their actions.”

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

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Personal leadership is the process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with them.”

Personal leadership is the process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with them.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Beginners are many; finishers are few.”

Beginners are many; finishers are few.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.”

To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.”

Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If the big rocks don’t go in first, they aren’t going to fit in later.”

If the big rocks don’t go in first, they aren’t going to fit in later.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Trust is the highest form of human motivation. It brings out the very best in people. But it takes time and patience.”

Trust is the highest form of human motivation. It brings out the very best in people. But it takes time and patience.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “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.”

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.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We can act instead of being acted upon.”

We can act instead of being acted upon.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Paradigms are powerful because they create the lens through which we see the world.”

Paradigms are powerful because they create the lens through which we see the world.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The only thing that endures over time is the ‘Law of the Farm.’ You must prepare the ground, plant the seed, cultivate, and water if you expect to reap the harvest.”

The only thing that endures over time is the ‘Law of the Farm.’ You must prepare the ground, plant the seed, cultivate, and water if you expect to reap the harvest.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The greatest risk is the risk of riskless living.”

The greatest risk is the risk of riskless living.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “You can’t hold someone accountable for results if you supervise their methods.”

You can’t hold someone accountable for results if you supervise their methods.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.”

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

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “To know and not to do is not to know.”

To know and not to do is not to know.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Trust is the highest form of human motivation.”

Trust is the highest form of human motivation.

— Stephen R. Covey


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

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

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We must never be too busy to take time to sharpen the saw.”

We must never be too busy to take time to sharpen the saw.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We think we see the world as it is, when in fact we see the world as we are.”

We think we see the world as it is, when in fact we see the world as we are.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Self-awareness is our capacity to stand apart from ourselves and examine our thinking, our motives, our history, our scripts, our actions, and our habits and tendencies.”

Self-awareness is our capacity to stand apart from ourselves and examine our thinking, our motives, our history, our scripts, our actions, and our habits and tendencies.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Life is a mission, not a career.”

Life is a mission, not a career.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Almost every significant breakthrough is the result of a courageous break with traditional ways of thinking.”

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

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.”

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

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The amateur salesman sells products; the professional sells solutions to needs and problems.”

The amateur salesman sells products; the professional sells solutions to needs and problems.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Once you have a clear picture of your priorities – that is values, goals, and high leverage activities – organize around them.”

Once you have a clear picture of your priorities – that is values, goals, and high leverage activities – organize around them.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.”

Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.

— Stephen R. Covey


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

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

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “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.”

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.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Satisfied needs do not motivate. It’s only the unsatisfied need that motivates. Next to physical survival, the greatest need of a human being is psychological survival – to be understood, to be affirmed, to be validated, to be appreciated.”

Satisfied needs do not motivate. It’s only the unsatisfied need that motivates. Next to physical survival, the greatest need of a human being is psychological survival – to be understood, to be affirmed, to be validated, to be appreciated.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.”

When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Compliance does not foster innovation, trust does. You can’t sustain long-term innovation, for example, in a climate of distrust.”

Compliance does not foster innovation, trust does. You can’t sustain long-term innovation, for example, in a climate of distrust.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Most people struggle with life balance simply because they haven’t paid the price to decide what is really important to them.”

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

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Without involvement, there is no commitment. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it. No involvement, no commitment.”

Without involvement, there is no commitment. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it. No involvement, no commitment.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Visualising something organises one’s ability to accomplish it.”

Visualising something organises one’s ability to accomplish it.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “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.”

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.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Everyone chooses one of two roads in life – the old and the young, the rich and the poor, men and women alike. One is the broad, well-traveled road to mediocrity, the other road to greatness and meaning.”

Everyone chooses one of two roads in life – the old and the young, the rich and the poor, men and women alike. One is the broad, well-traveled road to mediocrity, the other road to greatness and meaning.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Moving along the upward spiral requires us to learn, commit, and do on increasingly higher planes. We deceive ourselves if we think that any one of these is sufficient. To keep progressing, we must learn, commit, and do-learn, commit, and do-and learn, commit, and do again.”

Moving along the upward spiral requires us to learn, commit, and do on increasingly higher planes. We deceive ourselves if we think that any one of these is sufficient. To keep progressing, we must learn, commit, and do-learn, commit, and do-and learn, commit, and do again.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Humility is the mother of all virtues, courage the father, integrity the child and wisdom the grandchild.”

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

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “When you engage in a work that taps your talent and fuels your passion-that rises out of a great need in the world that you feel drawn by conscience to meet-therein lies your voice, your calling, your soul’s code.”

When you engage in a work that taps your talent and fuels your passion-that rises out of a great need in the world that you feel drawn by conscience to meet-therein lies your voice, your calling, your soul’s code.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Where there’s no gardener, there’s no garden.”

Where there’s no gardener, there’s no garden.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We are free to choose our response in any situation, but in doing so we chose the attendant consequence. If we pick up one end of the stick, we pick up the other.”

We are free to choose our response in any situation, but in doing so we chose the attendant consequence. If we pick up one end of the stick, we pick up the other.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Some people achieve the top of the ladder and only then realise it was standing against the wrong wall.”

Some people achieve the top of the ladder and only then realise it was standing against the wrong wall.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The environment you fashion out of your thoughts, your beliefs, your ideals, your philosophy is the only climate you will ever live in. The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.”

The environment you fashion out of your thoughts, your beliefs, your ideals, your philosophy is the only climate you will ever live in. The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Role modeling is the most basic responsibility of parents. Parents are handing life’s scripts to their children, scripts that in all likelihood will be acted out for the rest of the children’s lives.”

Role modeling is the most basic responsibility of parents. Parents are handing life’s scripts to their children, scripts that in all likelihood will be acted out for the rest of the children’s lives.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “To Retain those who are present, be loyal to those who are absent.”

To Retain those who are present, be loyal to those who are absent.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We not not our feelings. We are not our moods. We not even our thoughts.”

We not not our feelings. We are not our moods. We not even our thoughts.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust is the key professional and personal competency of our time.”

The ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust is the key professional and personal competency of our time.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “There’s strong data that, within companies, the No. 1 reason for ethical violations is the pressure to meet expectations, sometimes unrealistic expectations.”

There’s strong data that, within companies, the No. 1 reason for ethical violations is the pressure to meet expectations, sometimes unrealistic expectations.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “All the well-meaning advice in the world won’t amount to a hill of beans if we’re not even addressing the real problem.”

All the well-meaning advice in the world won’t amount to a hill of beans if we’re not even addressing the real problem.

— Stephen R. Covey

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