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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 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “The human will is an amazing thing. Time after time, it has triumphed against unbelievable odds.”

The human will is an amazing thing. Time after time, it has triumphed against unbelievable odds.

— 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: “Sometimes poor behavior is simply bad execution of good intent.”

Sometimes poor behavior is simply bad execution of good intent.

— 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: “What difference would a clear vision of my principles, values, and ultimate objectives make in the way I spend my time?”

What difference would a clear vision of my principles, values, and ultimate objectives make in the way I spend my time?

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If we overcome the pull and “get up and get at it,” we will have won a victory. We have kept our own resolve. We can then move to other things, for by small means great things are accomplished. Thus, even this one small step is also in another sense a giant leap.”

If we overcome the pull and “get up and get at it,” we will have won a victory. We have kept our own resolve. We can then move to other things, for by small means great things are accomplished. Thus, even this one small step is also in another sense a giant leap.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “People can’t live with change if there’s not a changeless core inside them.”

People can’t live with change if there’s not a changeless core inside them.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “When we say that leadership is a choice, it basically means you can choose the level of initiative you want to exercise in response to the question, ‘What is the best I can do under the given circumstances?’”

When we say that leadership is a choice, it basically means you can choose the level of initiative you want to exercise in response to the question, ‘What is the best I can do under the given circumstances?’

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The key to the 99 is the one. Or, put another way, the key to the group is the one individual. Think about the one, talk to the one, regard the one, serve the one. If you are sincere and constant, you will discover that gradually your influence with the many will be magnified.”

The key to the 99 is the one. Or, put another way, the key to the group is the one individual. Think about the one, talk to the one, regard the one, serve the one. If you are sincere and constant, you will discover that gradually your influence with the many will be magnified.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “In our personal lives, if we do not develop our own self-awareness and become responsible for first creations, we empower other people and circumstances to shape our lives by default.”

In our personal lives, if we do not develop our own self-awareness and become responsible for first creations, we empower other people and circumstances to shape our lives by default.

— 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: “We are limited but we can push back the borders of our limitations.”

We are limited but we can push back the borders of our limitations.

— 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: “It is futile to put personality ahead of character, to try to improve relationships with others before improving ourselves.”

It is futile to put personality ahead of character, to try to improve relationships with others before improving ourselves.

— 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: “See every problem as an opportunity to exercise creative energy.”

See every problem as an opportunity to exercise creative energy.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Success comes from the ability to view each arising problem as an opportunity for self improvement.”

Success comes from the ability to view each arising problem as an opportunity for self improvement.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If you don’t let a teacher know what level you are – by asking a question, or revealing your ignorance – you will not learn or grow.”

If you don’t let a teacher know what level you are – by asking a question, or revealing your ignorance – you will not learn or grow.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Leadership without mutual trust is a contradiction in terms.”

Leadership without mutual trust is a contradiction in terms.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “In many situations involving service recovery – the problem itself became the catalyst for the creation of even greater trust as the companies took the issues head-on and worked through the difficult problem in a way that restored confidence.”

In many situations involving service recovery – the problem itself became the catalyst for the creation of even greater trust as the companies took the issues head-on and worked through the difficult problem in a way that restored confidence.

— 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: “Real excellence does not come cheaply. A certain price must be paid in terms of practice, patience, and persistence – natural ability notwithstanding.”

Real excellence does not come cheaply. A certain price must be paid in terms of practice, patience, and persistence – natural ability notwithstanding.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We do make a difference – one way or the other. We are responsible for the impact of our lives. Whatever we do with whatever we have, we leave behind us a legacy for those who follow.”

We do make a difference – one way or the other. We are responsible for the impact of our lives. Whatever we do with whatever we have, we leave behind us a legacy for those who follow.

— 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: “How you treat the one reveals how you regard the many, because everyone is ultimately a one.”

How you treat the one reveals how you regard the many, because everyone is ultimately a one.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Historically, the family has played the primary role in educating children for life, with the school providing supplemental scaffolding to the family.”

Historically, the family has played the primary role in educating children for life, with the school providing supplemental scaffolding to the family.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Actually I did not invent the seven habits, they are universal principles and most of what I wrote about is just common sense. I am embarrassed when people talk about the Covey Habits, and dislike the idea of being some sort of guru.”

Actually I did not invent the seven habits, they are universal principles and most of what I wrote about is just common sense. I am embarrassed when people talk about the Covey Habits, and dislike the idea of being some sort of guru.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Strategy is important, but trust is the hidden variable. On paper you can have clarity around your objectives, but in a low-trust environment, your strategy won’t be executed.”

Strategy is important, but trust is the hidden variable. On paper you can have clarity around your objectives, but in a low-trust environment, your strategy won’t be executed.

— 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: “The real beginning of influence comes as others sense you are being influenced by them – when they feel understood by you – that you have listened deeply and sincerely, and that you are open.”

The real beginning of influence comes as others sense you are being influenced by them – when they feel understood by you – that you have listened deeply and sincerely, and that you are open.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The reflection of the current social paradigm tells us we are largely determined by conditioning and conditions.”

The reflection of the current social paradigm tells us we are largely determined by conditioning and conditions.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “When our honor becomes greater than our moods, that is where transformation happens.”

When our honor becomes greater than our moods, that is where transformation happens.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Principles are the basis for developing a vision and value system for all.”

Principles are the basis for developing a vision and value system for all.

— 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


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We all go through stages. Concerns about appearances, making good impressions, being popular, comparing yourself to others, having unbridled ambition, wanting to make money, striving to be recognized and noticed and trying to establish yourself, all fade as your responsibilities and character grow.”

We all go through stages. Concerns about appearances, making good impressions, being popular, comparing yourself to others, having unbridled ambition, wanting to make money, striving to be recognized and noticed and trying to establish yourself, all fade as your responsibilities and character grow.

— 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: “Distinguish between the person and the behavior or performance.”

Distinguish between the person and the behavior or performance.

— Stephen R. Covey

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