Stephen R. Covey Quotes

Who is Stephen R. Covey?

Stephen Richards Covey was an American keynote speaker known for the must-read business book 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People' which is considered a classic in its genre.

Born October 24, 1932
Died July 16, 2012

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“A family mission statement gives your family a future focus, a sense of hope, a sense of deep meaningful purpose.”

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“A humble person is more concerned about what is right than about being right.”

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“A moment of choice is a moment of truth. It's the testing point of our character and competence.”

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“Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.”

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“As long as you think the problem is out there, that very thought is the problem.”

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“Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic.”

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“Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it - immediately.”

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“Don't compromise, when you can synergize.”

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“Don't get buried in the thick of thin things.”

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“Each of us guards a gate of change that can be opened only from the inside.”

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

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

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“Happen to things, don't let things happen to you.”

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“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.”

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

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“I teach people how to treat me by what I will allow.”

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“Job is an acronym for ‘Just Over Broke'.”

Rich Dad, Poor Dad


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“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.”

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“If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.”

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“If two people have the same opinion, one is unnecessary.”

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“In relationships, the little things are the big things.”

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“Link yourself to your potential, not to your past.”

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“Little kindness and courtesies are so important.”

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“Live out of your imagination, not your history.”

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“Live your life by a compass not a clock.”

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“Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy.”

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“Most arguments are not really disagreements but are rather little ego battles and misunderstandings.”

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“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”

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“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.”

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“My experience tells me that people instinctively trust those whose personality is founded upon correct principles.”

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“Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.”

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“Pretend to be weak, so your enemy may grow arrogant.”

The Art of War


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