Who the hell is Stephen R. Covey?

American keynote speaker known for the must-read business book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Books by Stephen R. Covey

Quotes by Stephen R. Covey

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

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“Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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

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“As you care less about what people think of you, you will care more about what others think of themselves.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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

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“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“But until a person can say deeply and honestly, "I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday," that person cannot say, "I choose otherwise.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Courage isn't absence of fear, it is the awareness that something else is important.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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

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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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“Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win/Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do).”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“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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“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”

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

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“If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control - myself.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“If our feelings control our actions, it is because we have abdicated our responsibility and empowered them to do so.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“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 you carefully consider what you wanted to be said of you in the funeral experience, you will find your definition of success.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“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 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“In the space between stimulus and how we respond, lies our freedom to choose. Ultimately, this power to choose is what defines us as human beings. We may have limited choices but we can always choose. We can choose our thoughts, emotions, moods, our words, our actions; we can choose our values and live by principles. It is the choice of acting or being acted upon.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Independent people who do not have the maturity to think and act interdependently may be good individual producers, but they won't be good leaders or team players.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“It's not what happens to us, but our response to what happens to us that hurts us.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“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 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Leadership is communicating others’ worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“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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“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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

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“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“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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“Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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

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“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, consistent with correct principles, to get the job done.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Self awareness gives us ultimate human freedom.”

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“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Start with the end in mind.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

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“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

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“The person who doesn’t read is no better off than the person who can’t read.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions.”

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“There are three constants in life... Change, choice and principles.”

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“There's no better way to inform and expand you mind on a regular basis than to get into the habit of reading good literature.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“To learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.”

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“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships. When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Two people can see the same thing, disagree, and yet both be right. It's not logical; it's psychological.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“We are free to choose our actions, based on our knowledge of correct principles, but we are not free to choose the consequences of those actions. Remember, If you pick up one end of the stick, you pick up the other.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.”

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“We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions.”

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“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.”

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“We're responsible for our own lives.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“When all you want is a person's body and you don't really want their mind, heart or spirit, you have reduced a person to a thing.”

Stephen R. Covey The 8th Habit

“When I look back on my life nowadays, which I sometimes do, what strikes me most forcibly about it is that what seemed at the time most significant and seductive, seems now most futile and absurd.”

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“When man created the mirror, he began to lose his soul. He became more concerned with his image than with his self.”

Stephen R. Covey The 3rd Alternative

“Without involvement, there is no commitment.”

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“Words are like eggs dropped from great heights. You could no more call them back then ignore the mess they left when they fell.”

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“You can't change the fruit without changing the root.”

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“You can't talk your way out of a problem you behaved your way into!”

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“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.”

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“You have to water the flowers you want to grow.”

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