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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: “As long as you think the problem is out there, that very thought is the problem.”

As long as you think the problem is out there, that very thought is the problem.

— 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: “Unless you’re continually improving your skills, you’re quickly becoming irrelevant.”

Unless you’re continually improving your skills, you’re quickly becoming irrelevant.

— 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: “To listen with empathy is the most important human skill.”

To listen with empathy is the most important human skill.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Exercise integrity in the moment of truth.”

Exercise integrity in the moment of truth.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution.”

Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “True independence of character empowers us to act rather than be acted upon.”

True independence of character empowers us to act rather than be acted upon.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Management works in the system; leadership works on the system.”

Management works in the system; leadership works on the system.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “This is the single most powerful investment we can ever make in life – investment in ourselves, in the only instrument we have with which to deal with life and to contribute.”

This is the single most powerful investment we can ever make in life – investment in ourselves, in the only instrument we have with which to deal with life and to contribute.

— 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: “As human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. We can subordinate feelings to values.”

As human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. We can subordinate feelings to values.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Perhaps the most important vision of all is develop a sense of self, a sense of your own destiny, a sense of unique mission and role in life.”

Perhaps the most important vision of all is develop a sense of self, a sense of your own destiny, a sense of unique mission and role in life.

— 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: “The deepest desire of the human spirit is to be acknowledged.”

The deepest desire of the human spirit is to be acknowledged.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Will we act upon life, or will we merely be acted upon?”

Will we act upon life, or will we merely be acted upon?

— 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: “If you want the secondary greatness of recognized talent, focus first on primary greatness of character.”

If you want the secondary greatness of recognized talent, focus first on primary greatness of character.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Consequences are governed by principles, and behavior is governed by values; therefore, value principles!”

Consequences are governed by principles, and behavior is governed by values; therefore, value principles!

— Stephen R. Covey

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