Stephen Covey: 23 Quotes That Can Change Your Life

Stephen Richards Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book was The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. His other books include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, The 8th Habit, and The Leader In Me — How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time. He was a professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University at the time of his death.

Here are 23 quotes from Stephen Covey that have the power to completely change the direction of one’s life.

1. Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.


2. There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.


3. Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.


4. The key is taking responsibility and initiative, deciding what your life is about and prioritizing your life around the most important things.


5. Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply.


6. Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.


7. Accountability breeds response-ability.


8. When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.


9. If we keep doing what we’re doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.


10. It’s amazing how confused and distracted and misdirected so many people are.


11. Remember, we are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.


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


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


14. Between stimulus and response, there is a space where we choose our response.


15. Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution.


16. Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them.


17. The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.


18. 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.


19. 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.


20. Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.


21. People and organizations don’t grow much without delegation and completed staff work because they are confined to the capacities of the boss and reflect both personal strengths and weaknesses.


22. Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.


23. If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm.


Biography via: Wikipedia.

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