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Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Vision is seeing a future state with the mind’s eye. Vision is applied imagination.”

Vision is seeing a future state with the mind’s eye. Vision is applied imagination.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals.”

We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Leaders are not born or made – they are self made.”

Leaders are not born or made – they are self made.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “There are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfillment. The essence of these needs is captured in the phrase ‘to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy.’ The need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence, and contribution.”

There are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfillment. The essence of these needs is captured in the phrase ‘to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy.’ The need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence, and contribution.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “When we listen with the intent to understand others, rather than with the intent to reply, we begin true communication and relationship building. Opportunities to then speak openly and to be understood come much more naturally and easily.”

When we listen with the intent to understand others, rather than with the intent to reply, we begin true communication and relationship building. Opportunities to then speak openly and to be understood come much more naturally and easily.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Integrity in the Moment of Choice Quality of life depends on what happens in the space between stimulus and response.”

Integrity in the Moment of Choice Quality of life depends on what happens in the space between stimulus and response.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “I am fortunate to have a very helpful team that enables me to spend time doing things that are important but not necessarily urgent. People who have no such team need to also make these larger decisions so that they can cheerfully say No to that which is urgent but not important.”

I am fortunate to have a very helpful team that enables me to spend time doing things that are important but not necessarily urgent. People who have no such team need to also make these larger decisions so that they can cheerfully say No to that which is urgent but not important.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Exercise integrity in the moment of truth.”

Exercise integrity in the moment of truth.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Our greatest joy and our greatest pain comes in our relationships with others.”

Our greatest joy and our greatest pain comes in our relationships with others.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “A good affirmation has five basic ingredients: it’s personal, it’s positive, it’s present tense, it’s visual, and it’s emotional.”

A good affirmation has five basic ingredients: it’s personal, it’s positive, it’s present tense, it’s visual, and it’s emotional.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “True greatness will be achieved through the abundant mind that works selflessly – with mutual respect, for mutual benefit.”

True greatness will be achieved through the abundant mind that works selflessly – with mutual respect, for mutual benefit.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Feedback often tells you more about the person who is giving it than about you.”

Feedback often tells you more about the person who is giving it than about you.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If I were to summarize in one sentence the single most important principle I have learned in the field of interpersonal relations, it would be this: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. This principle is the key to effective interpersonal communication.”

If I were to summarize in one sentence the single most important principle I have learned in the field of interpersonal relations, it would be this: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. This principle is the key to effective interpersonal communication.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other.”

Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “You can’t have the fruits without the roots.”

You can’t have the fruits without the roots.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “What you see often depends on what you are looking for.”

What you see often depends on what you are looking for.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”

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

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Before you wonder “Am I doing things right?” wonder “Am I doing the right things?””

Before you wonder “Am I doing things right?” wonder “Am I doing the right things?”

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “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.”

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 R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “A moment of choice is a moment of truth. It’s the testing point of our character and competence.”

A moment of choice is a moment of truth. It’s the testing point of our character and competence.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Spiritual Intelligence represents our drive for meaning and connection with the infinite.”

Spiritual Intelligence represents our drive for meaning and connection with the infinite.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Listen, involve, synergize at work. Then you will bury the old and create an entirely new winning culture which will unleash people’s talents and create complementary teams where strengths are made productive and weakness are made irrelevant through the strengths of others.”

Listen, involve, synergize at work. Then you will bury the old and create an entirely new winning culture which will unleash people’s talents and create complementary teams where strengths are made productive and weakness are made irrelevant through the strengths of others.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If there’s one thing that’s certain in business, it’s uncertainty.”

If there’s one thing that’s certain in business, it’s uncertainty.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Success is when you realize obstacles you face are challenges to help you become better – and your response equals the challenge.”

Success is when you realize obstacles you face are challenges to help you become better – and your response equals the challenge.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Belief is another word for paradigm. It’s a synonymous. Your belief of the way things are. Values are the way things should be, it’s a paradigm of the way things should be. Beliefs are the paradigms of the way things are.”

Belief is another word for paradigm. It’s a synonymous. Your belief of the way things are. Values are the way things should be, it’s a paradigm of the way things should be. Beliefs are the paradigms of the way things are.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Trust is the one thing that affects everything else you’re doing. It’s a performance multiplier which takes your trajectory upwards, for every activity you engage in, from strategy to execution.”

Trust is the one thing that affects everything else you’re doing. It’s a performance multiplier which takes your trajectory upwards, for every activity you engage in, from strategy to execution.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Happen to things, don’t let things happen to you.”

Happen to things, don’t let things happen to you.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Effective communication is built on the cement of trust. And trust is based on trustworthiness, not politics.”

Effective communication is built on the cement of trust. And trust is based on trustworthiness, not politics.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The greatest thing you can do for your children is love your spouse.”

The greatest thing you can do for your children is love your spouse.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Courage isn’t absenct of fear, it is the awareness that something else is important.”

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

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “When we pick up one end of the stick, we pick up the other.”

When we pick up one end of the stick, we pick up the other.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “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.”

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.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person. Reactive people are driven by feelings, by circumstances, by conditions, by their environment. Proactive people are driven by values – carefully thought about, selected and internalized values.”

The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person. Reactive people are driven by feelings, by circumstances, by conditions, by their environment. Proactive people are driven by values – carefully thought about, selected and internalized values.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in an activity trap, in the busy-ness of life, to work harder and harder at climbing the ladder of success only to discover it’s leaning against the wrong wall. It is possible to be busy – very busy – without being very effective.”

It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in an activity trap, in the busy-ness of life, to work harder and harder at climbing the ladder of success only to discover it’s leaning against the wrong wall. It is possible to be busy – very busy – without being very effective.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves.”

The challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The key to growth is to learn to make promises and to keep them.”

The key to growth is to learn to make promises and to keep them.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Instead, I have an abundance mentality: When people are genuinely happy at the successes of others, the pie gets larger.”

Instead, I have an abundance mentality: When people are genuinely happy at the successes of others, the pie gets larger.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Trust is a powerful accelerator to performance and when trust goes up, speed also goes up while cost comes down – producing what we call a trust dividend.”

Trust is a powerful accelerator to performance and when trust goes up, speed also goes up while cost comes down – producing what we call a trust dividend.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Building and repairing relationships are long-term investments.”

Building and repairing relationships are long-term investments.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Effective people are not problem-minded; they’re opportunity minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems.”

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

— Stephen R. Covey


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

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

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If you carefully consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience, you will find your definition of success.”

If you carefully consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience, you will find your definition of success.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Private Victory precedes Public Victory. Algebra comes before calculus.”

Private Victory precedes Public Victory. Algebra comes before calculus.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We’re often so busy cutting through the undergrowth we don’t even realise we’re in the wrong jungle.”

We’re often so busy cutting through the undergrowth we don’t even realise we’re in the wrong jungle.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a ‘transformer’ in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.”

I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a ‘transformer’ in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If you put good people in bad systems you get bad results. You have to water the flowers you want to grow.”

If you put good people in bad systems you get bad results. You have to water the flowers you want to grow.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Each of us guard a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside.”

Each of us guard a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution.”

Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Retire from your job but never from meaningful projects. If you want to live a long life, you need eustress, that is, a deep sense of meaning and of contribution to worthy projects and causes, particularly, your intergenerational family.”

Retire from your job but never from meaningful projects. If you want to live a long life, you need eustress, that is, a deep sense of meaning and of contribution to worthy projects and causes, particularly, your intergenerational family.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “As you live your values, your sense of identity, integrity, control, and inner-directedness will infuse you with both exhilaration and peace. You will define yourself from within, rather than by people’s opinions or by comparisons to others.”

As you live your values, your sense of identity, integrity, control, and inner-directedness will infuse you with both exhilaration and peace. You will define yourself from within, rather than by people’s opinions or by comparisons to others.

— Stephen R. Covey

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