Stephen Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey

Stephen
Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey
1932
2012

American Author, Educator, Businessman, Trainer, Motivational Speaker best known for his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Author Quotes

When I see kings lying by those who deposed them, when I consider rival wits placed side by side, or the holy men that divided the world with their contests and disputes, I reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the little competitions, factions, and debates of mankind.

What lies behind us is nothing compared to what lies within us and ahead of us.

When it comes to developing character strength, inner security and unique personal and interpersonal talents and skills in a child, no institution can or ever will compare with, or effectively substitute for, the home?s potential for positive influence.

What matters most is how we respond to what we experience in life.

When life does not go our way or we inadvertently make a mistake, it is so easy to make excuses, place blame on others, or argue that circumstances were against us. But we only progress in life to the extent that we take responsibility for our actions and attitudes, and put forth the initiative necessary to create our own circumstances.

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.

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.

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

We need to have business leaders who live by deep, strong principles.

What we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do. There are people we trust because we know their character. Whether they're eloquent or not, whether they have human-relations techniques or not, we trust them and work with them.

When one does not have the passion that flows from finding and using one?s voice to serve great purposes, the void is filled with insecurity and the empty chatter of a thousand voices that drive the social mirror.

We see the world not as it is, but as we are.

What would you like each of the speakers to say about you and your life?

When one side benefits more than the other, that's a win-lose situation. To the winner it might look like success for a while, but in the long run, it breeds resentment and distrust.

We see the world, not as it is, but as we are -- or, as we are conditioned to see it. When we open our mouths to describe what we see, we in effect describe ourselves, our perceptions, our paradigms.

What you are shouts so loudly in my ears I cannot hear what you say.

When other people disagree with us, we immediately think something is wrong with them. But, as the demonstration shows, sincere, clearheaded people see things differently, each looking through the unique lens of experience.

We seek not to imitate the masters, rather we seek what they sought.

Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.

When relationships are strained and the air charged with emotion, an attempt to teach is often perceived as a form of judgment and rejection.

We tend to get what we expect ? both from ourselves and from others. When we expect more, we tend to get more; when we expect less, we tend to get less.

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve.

When the external factors over which one has no control in a way start to become negative, it starts to affect our creative juices.

Well, why don?t you take a break for a few minutes and sharpen that saw? you inquire. I?m sure it would go a lot faster.

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 effectiveness, happiness, and trust-based relationships.

Author Picture
First Name
Stephen
Last Name
Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey
Birth Date
1932
Death Date
2012
Bio

American Author, Educator, Businessman, Trainer, Motivational Speaker best known for his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People