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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: “Almost all of the world-class athletes and other peak performers are visualizers. They see it; they feel it; they experience it before hey actually do it. They begin with the end in mind.”

Almost all of the world-class athletes and other peak performers are visualizers. They see it; they feel it; they experience it before hey actually do it. They begin with the end in mind.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one’s heart rather than out of pity.”

It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one’s heart rather than out of pity.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Writing distills, crystallizes, and clarifies thought.”

Writing distills, crystallizes, and clarifies thought.

— 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: “Make specific appointments with yourself to work on goals, and treat an appointment with yourself as you’d treat an appointment with anybody else.”

Make specific appointments with yourself to work on goals, and treat an appointment with yourself as you’d treat an appointment with anybody else.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Being humble does not mean being weak, reticent, or self-effacing. It means recognizing principle and putting it ahead of self. It means standing firmly for principle, even in the fact of opposition.”

Being humble does not mean being weak, reticent, or self-effacing. It means recognizing principle and putting it ahead of self. It means standing firmly for principle, even in the fact of opposition.

— 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: “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: “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: “If the only vision we have of ourselves comes from the social mirror – from the current social paradigm and from the opinions, perceptions, and paradigms of the people around us – our view of ourselves is like the reflection in a crazy mirror room at the carnival.”

If the only vision we have of ourselves comes from the social mirror – from the current social paradigm and from the opinions, perceptions, and paradigms of the people around us – our view of ourselves is like the reflection in a crazy mirror room at the carnival.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “You can say you love someone – but unless you demonstrate that love through your actions, your words become meaningless.”

You can say you love someone – but unless you demonstrate that love through your actions, your words become meaningless.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Security represents your sense of worth, your identity, your emotional anchorage, your self-esteem, your basic personal strength or lack of it.”

Security represents your sense of worth, your identity, your emotional anchorage, your self-esteem, your basic personal strength or lack of it.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The character ethic, which I believe to be the foundation of success, teaches that there are basic principles of effective living, and that people can only experience true success and enduring happiness as they learn and integrate these principles into their basic character.”

The character ethic, which I believe to be the foundation of success, teaches that there are basic principles of effective living, and that people can only experience true success and enduring happiness as they learn and integrate these principles into their basic character.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person.”

The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person.

— 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



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We tend to get what we expect – both from ourselves and from others. When we expect more, we tend to get more; when we expect less, we tend to get less.”

We tend to get what we expect – both from ourselves and from others. When we expect more, we tend to get more; when we expect less, we tend to get less.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Petty things become unimportant when people are impassioned about a purpose higher than self.”

Petty things become unimportant when people are impassioned about a purpose higher than self.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “You can’t talk your way out of a problem you behaved your way into!”

You can’t talk your way out of a problem you behaved your way into!

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Little kindness and courtesies are so important. In relationships, the little things are the big things.”

Little kindness and courtesies are so important. In relationships, the little things are the big things.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If you don’t set your goals based upon your Mission Statement, you may be climbing the ladder of success only to realize, when you get to the top, you’re on the WRONG building.”

If you don’t set your goals based upon your Mission Statement, you may be climbing the ladder of success only to realize, when you get to the top, you’re on the WRONG building.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Creating and integrating an empowering personal mission statement is one of the most important investments we can make.”

Creating and integrating an empowering personal mission statement is one of the most important investments we can make.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “But borrowing strength builds weakness.”

But borrowing strength builds weakness.

— 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: “You can’t have the fruits without the roots. It’s the principle of sequencing: Private Victories proceed Public Victories. Self-mastery and self-discipline are the foundation of good relationships with others.”

You can’t have the fruits without the roots. It’s the principle of sequencing: Private Victories proceed Public Victories. Self-mastery and self-discipline are the foundation of good relationships with others.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “It takes courage to realize that you are greater than your moods, greater than your thoughts, and that you can control your moods and thoughts.”

It takes courage to realize that you are greater than your moods, greater than your thoughts, and that you can control your moods and thoughts.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect.”

Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and obstacles.”

We develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and obstacles.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way.”

Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “Keeping a personal journal a daily in-depth analysis and evaluation of your experiences is a high-leverage activity that increases self-awareness and enhances all the endowments and the synergy among them.”

Keeping a personal journal a daily in-depth analysis and evaluation of your experiences is a high-leverage activity that increases self-awareness and enhances all the endowments and the synergy among them.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “To blame and accuse other people, is to choose to empower them, to control us.”

To blame and accuse other people, is to choose to empower them, to control us.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “By behaving in ways that build trust with one, you build trust with many.”

By behaving in ways that build trust with one, you build trust with many.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are.”

The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Above all, success in business requires two things: a winning competitive strategy, and superb organizational execution. Distrust is the enemy of both. I submit that while high trust won’t necessarily rescue a poor strategy, low trust will almost always derail a good one.”

Above all, success in business requires two things: a winning competitive strategy, and superb organizational execution. Distrust is the enemy of both. I submit that while high trust won’t necessarily rescue a poor strategy, low trust will almost always derail a good one.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “When you listen with empathy to another person, you give that person psychological air.”

When you listen with empathy to another person, you give that person psychological air.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The personal power that comes from principle-centered living is the power of a self-aware, knowledgeable, proactive individual, unrestricted by the attitudes, behaviors, and actions of others or by many of the circumstances and environmental influences that limit other people.”

The personal power that comes from principle-centered living is the power of a self-aware, knowledgeable, proactive individual, unrestricted by the attitudes, behaviors, and actions of others or by many of the circumstances and environmental influences that limit other people.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “It’s not that we ignore our weaknesses; rather, we make our weaknesses irrelevant by working effectively with others so that we compensate for our weaknesses through their strengths and they compensate for their weaknesses through our strengths.”

It’s not that we ignore our weaknesses; rather, we make our weaknesses irrelevant by working effectively with others so that we compensate for our weaknesses through their strengths and they compensate for their weaknesses through our strengths.

— 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: “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: “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

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