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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: “Humility is the mother of all virtues. Humility says we are not in control, principles are in control, therefore we submit ourselves to principles. Pride says that we are in control, and since our values govern our behavior, we can simply do life our way.”

Humility is the mother of all virtues. Humility says we are not in control, principles are in control, therefore we submit ourselves to principles. Pride says that we are in control, and since our values govern our behavior, we can simply do life our way.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We hear a lot about identity theft when someone takes your wallet and pretends to be you and uses your credit cards. But the more serious identity theft is to get swallowed up in other people’s definition of you.”

We hear a lot about identity theft when someone takes your wallet and pretends to be you and uses your credit cards. But the more serious identity theft is to get swallowed up in other people’s definition of you.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The bottom line is, when people are crystal clear about the most important priorities of the organization and team they work with and prioritized their work around those top priorities, not only are they many times more productive, they discover they have the time they need to have a whole life.”

The bottom line is, when people are crystal clear about the most important priorities of the organization and team they work with and prioritized their work around those top priorities, not only are they many times more productive, they discover they have the time they need to have a whole life.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The key to motivation is motive.”

The key to motivation is motive.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Principles are guidelines for human conduct that are proven to have enduring, permanent value.”

Principles are guidelines for human conduct that are proven to have enduring, permanent value.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Every exaggeration of the truth once detected by others destroys our credibility and makes all that we do and say suspect.”

Every exaggeration of the truth once detected by others destroys our credibility and makes all that we do and say suspect.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “In a very real sense, there are only two roles in organisations: customers and suppliers. Everybody functions simultaneously in both roles, whether inside or outside the organisation the essence of good business, therefore, is the quality of the relationship between customer and supplier.”

In a very real sense, there are only two roles in organisations: customers and suppliers. Everybody functions simultaneously in both roles, whether inside or outside the organisation the essence of good business, therefore, is the quality of the relationship between customer and supplier.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Trust is a competency. It’s something you can get good at. It’s a strength you personally, and your team and your company can master. Being good at it will elevate every other strength you have.”

Trust is a competency. It’s something you can get good at. It’s a strength you personally, and your team and your company can master. Being good at it will elevate every other strength you have.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “A moment of choice is a moment of truth.”

A moment of choice is a moment of truth.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Trust is clearly a key competency. A competency or skill that can be learned, taught, and improved and one that talent can be screened for.”

Trust is clearly a key competency. A competency or skill that can be learned, taught, and improved and one that talent can be screened for.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We must not let the actions or words of others determine our responses. Magnanimous people make the choice to respond to the indignities of others based upon their own principles and their own value system rather than their moods or anger.”

We must not let the actions or words of others determine our responses. Magnanimous people make the choice to respond to the indignities of others based upon their own principles and their own value system rather than their moods or anger.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The best way to develop courage is to set a goal and achieve it, make a promise and keep it.”

The best way to develop courage is to set a goal and achieve it, make a promise and keep it.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Whether we are aware of it or not, whether we are in control of it or not, there is a first creation to every part of our lives. We are either the second creation of our own proactive design, or we are the second creation of other people’s agendas, of circumstances, or of past habits.”

Whether we are aware of it or not, whether we are in control of it or not, there is a first creation to every part of our lives. We are either the second creation of our own proactive design, or we are the second creation of other people’s agendas, of circumstances, or of past habits.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.”

We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Quality relationships are built on principles, especially the principle of trust.”

Quality relationships are built on principles, especially the principle of trust.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Most learning is social, or what I call the cultural DNA. Everyone knows that word of mouth advertising is the best advertising. That’s social learning.”

Most learning is social, or what I call the cultural DNA. Everyone knows that word of mouth advertising is the best advertising. That’s social learning.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “I think the most significant work we’ll do in our whole life, in our whole world is done within the four walls of our home.”

I think the most significant work we’ll do in our whole life, in our whole world is done within the four walls of our home.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “It’s sometimes a painful process. It’s a change that has to be motivated by a higher purpose, by the willingness to subordinate what you think you want now for what you want later.”

It’s sometimes a painful process. It’s a change that has to be motivated by a higher purpose, by the willingness to subordinate what you think you want now for what you want later.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Trust is the glue in relationships and organizations.”

Trust is the glue in relationships and organizations.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Trust is central to an economy that works.”

Trust is central to an economy that works.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We can’t live without eating, but we don’t live to eat.”

We can’t live without eating, but we don’t live to eat.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If we know how to listen to our own heart, we can listen to the hearts of others.”

If we know how to listen to our own heart, we can listen to the hearts of others.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “In the long run, you can never accomplish a worthy end with an unworthy means.”

In the long run, you can never accomplish a worthy end with an unworthy means.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be. And our attitudes and behaviors grow out of these assumptions.”

We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be. And our attitudes and behaviors grow out of these assumptions.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “To set and work toward any goal is an act of courage.”

To set and work toward any goal is an act of courage.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Basing our happiness on our ability to control everything is futile.”

Basing our happiness on our ability to control everything is futile.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Success in one role can’t justify failure in another.”

Success in one role can’t justify failure in another.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “I believe that there are parts to human nature that cannot be reached by either legislation or education, but require the power of God to deal with.”

I believe that there are parts to human nature that cannot be reached by either legislation or education, but require the power of God to deal with.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Improve relationships with others by assuming that they can hear everything you say about them.”

Improve relationships with others by assuming that they can hear everything you say about them.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “It comes from within.”

It comes from within.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Principle-centered people are constantly educated by their experiences.”

Principle-centered people are constantly educated by their experiences.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “To judge individuals before understanding them is a form of human rejection and feeds upon itself.”

To judge individuals before understanding them is a form of human rejection and feeds upon itself.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “I try to exercise regularly every day, if I can. It renews you and it gives you more balance in your life. This is a key leverage point.”

I try to exercise regularly every day, if I can. It renews you and it gives you more balance in your life. This is a key leverage point.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Vital to quality of life is the ability to work together, learn from each other, and help each other grow.”

Vital to quality of life is the ability to work together, learn from each other, and help each other grow.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “He who has a why can deal with any what or how.”

He who has a why can deal with any what or how.

— 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: “By centering our lives on correct principles and creating a balanced focus between doing and increasing our ability to do, we become empowered to the task of creating effective useful and peaceful lives.”

By centering our lives on correct principles and creating a balanced focus between doing and increasing our ability to do, we become empowered to the task of creating effective useful and peaceful lives.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “As you begin to think more in terms of importance, you begin to see time differently.”

As you begin to think more in terms of importance, you begin to see time differently.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “An abundance mentality springs from internal security, not from external rankings, comparisons, opinions, possessions, or associations.”

An abundance mentality springs from internal security, not from external rankings, comparisons, opinions, possessions, or associations.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Live the law of love. We encourage obedience to the laws of life when we live the laws of love.”

Live the law of love. We encourage obedience to the laws of life when we live the laws of love.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “There are principles that govern human effectiveness – natural laws in the human dimension that are just as real, just as unchanging and unarguably there as laws such as gravity are in the physical dimension.”

There are principles that govern human effectiveness – natural laws in the human dimension that are just as real, just as unchanging and unarguably there as laws such as gravity are in the physical dimension.

— 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: “Reducing children to a test score is the worst form of identity theft we could commit in schools.”

Reducing children to a test score is the worst form of identity theft we could commit in schools.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Contrary to what most people believe, trust is not some soft, illusive quality that you either have or you don’t; rather, trust is a pragmatic, tangible, actionable asset that you can create.”

Contrary to what most people believe, trust is not some soft, illusive quality that you either have or you don’t; rather, trust is a pragmatic, tangible, actionable asset that you can create.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The roots of the problems we face in the world, in our national life, and in our family and personal lives are spiritual.”

The roots of the problems we face in the world, in our national life, and in our family and personal lives are spiritual.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships.”

A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If you don’t choose to do it in leadership time up front, you do it in crisis management time down the road.”

If you don’t choose to do it in leadership time up front, you do it in crisis management time down the road.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Begin each day with the blueprint of my deepest values FIRMLY in mind then when challenges come, make decisions BASED on those values.”

Begin each day with the blueprint of my deepest values FIRMLY in mind then when challenges come, make decisions BASED on those values.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “What one thing could you do in your personal and professional life that, if you did on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference in your life? Quadrant II activities have that kind of impact. Our effectiveness takes quantum leaps when we do them.”

What one thing could you do in your personal and professional life that, if you did on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference in your life? Quadrant II activities have that kind of impact. Our effectiveness takes quantum leaps when we do them.

— Stephen R. Covey

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