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Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Keep in mind that you are always saying “no” to something. If it isn’t to the apparent and urgent things in your life, it is probably to the most fundamental, highly important things.”

Keep in mind that you are always saying “no” to something. If it isn’t to the apparent and urgent things in your life, it is probably to the most fundamental, highly important things.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Whenever you experience stress of any kind, look into yourself and ask, In what way am I compromising my innermost values in this situation?”

Whenever you experience stress of any kind, look into yourself and ask, In what way am I compromising my innermost values in this situation?

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Link yourself to your potential, not to your past.”

Link yourself to your potential, not to your past.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “A life of integrity is the most fundamental source of personal worth.”

A life of integrity is the most fundamental source of personal worth.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Be governed by your internal compass, not by some clock on the wall.”

Be governed by your internal compass, not by some clock on the wall.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “You can retire from a job, but don’t ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life.”

You can retire from a job, but don’t ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life.

— 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: “You basically get what you reward. If you want to achieve the goals and reflect the values in your mission statement, then you need to align the reward system with these goals and values.”

You basically get what you reward. If you want to achieve the goals and reflect the values in your mission statement, then you need to align the reward system with these goals and values.

— 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: “When we value correct principles, we have truth – a knowledge of things as they are.”

When we value correct principles, we have truth – a knowledge of things as they are.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “You can’t be successful with other people if you haven’t paid the price of success with yourself.”

You can’t be successful with other people if you haven’t paid the price of success with yourself.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “If you don’t know yourself, if you don’t control yourself, if you don’t have mastery over yourself, it’s very hard to like yourself, except in some short-term, psych-up, superficial way.”

If you don’t know yourself, if you don’t control yourself, if you don’t have mastery over yourself, it’s very hard to like yourself, except in some short-term, psych-up, superficial way.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Always surround yourself with people who are even more talented and competent than you.”

Always surround yourself with people who are even more talented and competent than you.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “But borrowing strength builds weakness.”

But borrowing strength builds weakness.

— 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: “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’s better to be trusted than to be liked.”

It’s better to be trusted than to be liked.

— 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: “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: “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: “How many on their deathbeds wished they’d spent more time at the office – or watching TV? The answer is, No one.”

How many on their deathbeds wished they’d spent more time at the office – or watching TV? The answer is, No one.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “In this knowledge-worker age, it’s now increasingly tied to doing well in school so you can get into better grad schools so you can get better jobs – so the pressure to do well is really high.”

In this knowledge-worker age, it’s now increasingly tied to doing well in school so you can get into better grad schools so you can get better jobs – so the pressure to do well is really high.

— 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: “Remember that our reactions are a product of our perceptions, and our perceptions are a result of what is at the center of our life.”

Remember that our reactions are a product of our perceptions, and our perceptions are a result of what is at the center of our life.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The principle of fasting is taught in almost all major world religions as a means of developing a higher level of self-mastery and self-control, and also a deeper awareness of how really dependent we are.”

The principle of fasting is taught in almost all major world religions as a means of developing a higher level of self-mastery and self-control, and also a deeper awareness of how really dependent we are.

— 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: “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: “We accomplish all that we do through delegation – either to time or to other people.”

We accomplish all that we do through delegation – either to time or to other people.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The key to acting with integrity is to simply stop playing the game.”

The key to acting with integrity is to simply stop playing the game.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Synergy is what happens when one plus one equals ten or a hundred or even a thousand! It’s the profound result when two or more respectful human beings determine to go beyond their preconceived ideas to meet a great challenge.”

Synergy is what happens when one plus one equals ten or a hundred or even a thousand! It’s the profound result when two or more respectful human beings determine to go beyond their preconceived ideas to meet a great challenge.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The way we see things is the source of the way we think or the way we act.”

The way we see things is the source of the way we think or the way we act.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “People who exercise their embryonic freedom day after day, little by little, expand that freedom. People who do not will find that it withers until they are literally ‘being lived.’ They are acting out scripts written by parents, associates, and society.”

People who exercise their embryonic freedom day after day, little by little, expand that freedom. People who do not will find that it withers until they are literally ‘being lived.’ They are acting out scripts written by parents, associates, and society.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “To focus on technique is like cramming your way through school. You sometimes get by, perhaps even get good grades, but if you don’t pay the price day in and day out, you’ll never achieve true mastery of the subjects you study or develop an educated mind.”

To focus on technique is like cramming your way through school. You sometimes get by, perhaps even get good grades, but if you don’t pay the price day in and day out, you’ll never achieve true mastery of the subjects you study or develop an educated mind.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We can never really change someone; people must change themselves.”

We can never really change someone; people must change themselves.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Prepare your mind and heart before you prepare your speech. What we say may be less important than how we say it.”

Prepare your mind and heart before you prepare your speech. What we say may be less important than how we say it.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Through imagination, we can visualize the uncredited worlds of potential that lie within us.”

Through imagination, we can visualize the uncredited worlds of potential that lie within us.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Employers and business leaders need people who can think for themselves – who can take initiative and be the solution to problems.”

Employers and business leaders need people who can think for themselves – who can take initiative and be the solution to problems.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “What we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do. There are people we trust because we know their character. Whether they’re eloquent or not, whether they have human-relations techniques or not, we trust them and work with them.”

What we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do. There are people we trust because we know their character. Whether they’re eloquent or not, whether they have human-relations techniques or not, we trust them and work with them.

— Stephen R. Covey

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