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Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The key to motivation is motive. It’s the why. It’s the deeper yes! burning inside that makes it easier to say no to the less important.”

The key to motivation is motive. It’s the why. It’s the deeper yes! burning inside that makes it easier to say no to the less important.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “People who end up with the good jobs are the proactive ones who are solutions to problems, not problems themselves, who seize the initiative to do whatever is necessary to get the job done.”

People who end up with the good jobs are the proactive ones who are solutions to problems, not problems themselves, who seize the initiative to do whatever is necessary to get the job done.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We don’t invent our missions, we detect them.”

We don’t invent our missions, we detect them.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We’re constantly making choices about the way we spend our time. The issue is not between the good and the bad, but between the good and the best. So often, the enemy of the best is the good.”

We’re constantly making choices about the way we spend our time. The issue is not between the good and the bad, but between the good and the best. So often, the enemy of the best is the good.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.”

How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “There is so much we can do to render service, to make a difference in the world – no matter how large or small our circle of influence.”

There is so much we can do to render service, to make a difference in the world – no matter how large or small our circle of influence.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Principles don’t die. They aren’t here one day and gone the next. They can’t be destroyed by fire, earthquake or theft. Principles are deep, fundamental truths, classic truths.”

Principles don’t die. They aren’t here one day and gone the next. They can’t be destroyed by fire, earthquake or theft. Principles are deep, fundamental truths, classic truths.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “While we cannot always choose what happens to us, we can choose our responses.”

While we cannot always choose what happens to us, we can choose our responses.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Despite all our gains in technology, product innovation and world markets, most people are not thriving in the organizations they work for.”

Despite all our gains in technology, product innovation and world markets, most people are not thriving in the organizations they work for.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “In order to have influence, you have to be influenced.”

In order to have influence, you have to be influenced.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Synergy is the highest activity of life; it creates new untapped alternatives; it values and exploits the mental, emotional, and psychological differences between people.”

Synergy is the highest activity of life; it creates new untapped alternatives; it values and exploits the mental, emotional, and psychological differences between people.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Frustration is a function of our expectations, and our expectations are often a reflection of the social mirror rather than our own values and priorities.”

Frustration is a function of our expectations, and our expectations are often a reflection of the social mirror rather than our own values and priorities.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Priority is a function of context.”

Priority is a function of context.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The fire inside people is like a match; the way to ignite that flame is initially through friction, then other matches are lit through warmth.”

The fire inside people is like a match; the way to ignite that flame is initially through friction, then other matches are lit through warmth.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Independent thinking alone is not suited to interdependent reality.”

Independent thinking alone is not suited to interdependent reality.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Most leaders would agree that they’d be better off having an average strategy with superb execution than a superb strategy with poor execution. Those who execute always have the upper hand.”

Most leaders would agree that they’d be better off having an average strategy with superb execution than a superb strategy with poor execution. Those who execute always have the upper hand.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The more people rationalize cheating, the more it becomes a culture of dishonesty. And that can become a vicious, downward cycle. Because suddenly, if everyone else is cheating, you feel a need to cheat, too.”

The more people rationalize cheating, the more it becomes a culture of dishonesty. And that can become a vicious, downward cycle. Because suddenly, if everyone else is cheating, you feel a need to cheat, too.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “People and organizations don’t grow much without delegation and completed staff work because they are confined to the capacities of the boss and reflect both personal strengths and weaknesses.”

People and organizations don’t grow much without delegation and completed staff work because they are confined to the capacities of the boss and reflect both personal strengths and weaknesses.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The more deeply you understand other people, the more you will appreciate them, the more reverent you will feel about them. To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.”

The more deeply you understand other people, the more you will appreciate them, the more reverent you will feel about them. To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Words are like eggs dropped from great heights. You could no more call them back then ignore the mess they left when they fell.”

Words are like eggs dropped from great heights. You could no more call them back then ignore the mess they left when they fell.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The role of the leader is to foster mutual respect and build a complementary team where each strength is made productive and each weakness irrelevant.”

The role of the leader is to foster mutual respect and build a complementary team where each strength is made productive and each weakness irrelevant.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Only as we keep an open communication with our deep inner life will we have the wisdom to make effective choices.”

Only as we keep an open communication with our deep inner life will we have the wisdom to make effective choices.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “People and their managers are working so hard to be sure things are done right, that they have hardly have time to decide if they are doing the right things.”

People and their managers are working so hard to be sure things are done right, that they have hardly have time to decide if they are doing the right things.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Creating a warm, caring, supportive, encouraging environment is probably the most important thing you can do for your family.”

Creating a warm, caring, supportive, encouraging environment is probably the most important thing you can do for your family.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “I win the private victory when I have made my mind up and commit to live by correct principles and to serve worthy purposes.”

I win the private victory when I have made my mind up and commit to live by correct principles and to serve worthy purposes.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The first job of a leader-at work or at home-is to inspire trust. It’s to bring out the best in people by entrusting them with meaningful stewardships, and to create an environment in which high-trust interaction inspires creativity and possibility.”

The first job of a leader-at work or at home-is to inspire trust. It’s to bring out the best in people by entrusting them with meaningful stewardships, and to create an environment in which high-trust interaction inspires creativity and possibility.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “To be successful we must live from our imaginations, not from our memories.”

To be successful we must live from our imaginations, not from our memories.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Our character is basically a composite of our habits.”

Our character is basically a composite of our habits.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “In the end, life teaches us what is important, and that is family.”

In the end, life teaches us what is important, and that is family.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.”

The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If our feelings control our actions, it is because we have abdicated our responsibility and empowered them to do so.”

If our feelings control our actions, it is because we have abdicated our responsibility and empowered them to do so.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Doing the right things for the right reason in the right way is the key to Quality of Life!”

Doing the right things for the right reason in the right way is the key to Quality of Life!

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If we want to make relatively minor changes in our lives, we can perhaps appropriately focus on our attitudes and behaviors. But if we want to make significant, quantum change, we need to work on our basic paradigms.”

If we want to make relatively minor changes in our lives, we can perhaps appropriately focus on our attitudes and behaviors. But if we want to make significant, quantum change, we need to work on our basic paradigms.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education.”

Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “You can buy a person’s hands but you can’t buy his heart. His heart is where his enthusiasm, his loyalty is.”

You can buy a person’s hands but you can’t buy his heart. His heart is where his enthusiasm, his loyalty is.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Patience is emotional diligence.”

Patience is emotional diligence.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “A long, healthy, and happy life is the result of making contributions, of having meaningful projects that are personally exciting and contribute to and bless the lives of others.”

A long, healthy, and happy life is the result of making contributions, of having meaningful projects that are personally exciting and contribute to and bless the lives of others.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “One of the most important ways to manifest integrity is to be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, we build the trust of those who are present.”

One of the most important ways to manifest integrity is to be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, we build the trust of those who are present.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Highly effective people tend to be proactive. They decide to find a better job or to have better health, rather than of responding to whatever curves life throws at them.”

Highly effective people tend to be proactive. They decide to find a better job or to have better health, rather than of responding to whatever curves life throws at them.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Empathy takes time, and efficiency is for things, not people.”

Empathy takes time, and efficiency is for things, not people.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “It is possible to be busy-very busy-without being very effective.”

It is possible to be busy-very busy-without being very effective.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “My behavior is a product of my own conscious choices based on principles, rather than a product of my conditions, based on feelings.”

My behavior is a product of my own conscious choices based on principles, rather than a product of my conditions, based on feelings.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Love – the feeling – is a fruit of love, the verb.”

Love – the feeling – is a fruit of love, the verb.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Trust is a function of both character and competence. Of course you can’t trust someone who lacks integrity, but if someone is honest but they can’t perform, you’re not going to trust them either. You won’t trust them to get the job done.”

Trust is a function of both character and competence. Of course you can’t trust someone who lacks integrity, but if someone is honest but they can’t perform, you’re not going to trust them either. You won’t trust them to get the job done.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Most people define greatness through wealth and popularity and position in the corner office. But what I call everyday greatness comes from character and contribution.”

Most people define greatness through wealth and popularity and position in the corner office. But what I call everyday greatness comes from character and contribution.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Anyone can count the seeds of an apple. Who can count the apples in a seed?”

Anyone can count the seeds of an apple. Who can count the apples in a seed?

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “When people have a real sense of legacy, a sense of mattering, a sense of contribution, it seems to tap into the deepest part of their heart and soul. It brings out the best and subordinates the rest.”

When people have a real sense of legacy, a sense of mattering, a sense of contribution, it seems to tap into the deepest part of their heart and soul. It brings out the best and subordinates the rest.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The universal elements are integrity, vision, discipline, passion, governed by conscience. Conscience has been educated through studying and pondering the universal, timeless principles of all six major world religions.”

The universal elements are integrity, vision, discipline, passion, governed by conscience. Conscience has been educated through studying and pondering the universal, timeless principles of all six major world religions.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Whatever your present situation, I assure you that you are not your habits. You can replace old patterns of self-defeating behavior with new patterns, new habits of the effectiveness, happiness and trust-based relationships.”

Whatever your present situation, I assure you that you are not your habits. You can replace old patterns of self-defeating behavior with new patterns, new habits of the effectiveness, happiness and trust-based relationships.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Your economic security does not lie in your job; it lies in your own power to produce – to think, to learn, to create, to adapt. That’s true financial independence. It’s not having wealth; it’s having the power to produce wealth.”

Your economic security does not lie in your job; it lies in your own power to produce – to think, to learn, to create, to adapt. That’s true financial independence. It’s not having wealth; it’s having the power to produce wealth.

— Stephen R. Covey

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