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

The person who is truly effective has the humility and reverence to recognize his own perceptual limitations and to appreciate the rich resources available through interaction with the hearts and minds of other human beings.

The sequence is the key.

The world has entered an era of the most profound and challenging change in human history.

They [Nazi captors] had more liberty, more options to choose from in their environment; but he [Viktor Frankl] had more freedom, more internal power to exercise his options.

The personal power that comes from principle-centered living is the power of a self-aware, knowledgeable, proactive individual, unrestricted by the attitudes, behaviors, and actions of others or by many of the circumstances and environmental influences that limit other people.

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

The worldly fountain does not breed spiritual depth.

They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.

The pleasure-centered person, too soon bored with each succeeding level of fun, constantly cries for more and more. So the next new pleasure has to be bigger and better, more exciting, with a bigger high. A person in this state becomes almost entirely narcissistic, interpreting all of life in terms of the pleasure it provides to the self here and now.

The single most powerful investment we can ever make in life is investment in ourselves, in the only instrument we have with which to deal with life and contribute.

There are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfillment. The essence of these needs is captured in the phrase 'to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy'. The need to live is our physical need for such things as food, clothing, shelter, economical well-being, health. The need to love is our social need to relate to other people, to belong, to love and to be loved. The need to learn is our mental need to develop and to grow. And the need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence, and contribution.

The power of the personal mission statement lies in your vision and in a commitment to that vision, that purpose, and those principle-centered values. They will control your decisions, determine your outlook, and provide the direction for your future. The single most important and far-reaching leadership activity that you will ever do is to develop a personal mission statement?and then to bring that sense of mission, of purpose, to your family. This book is a simple, short guide to developing your personal mission statement. After you develop your personal mission statement, consider also developing one with your family as described in the separate book How to Develop Your Family Mission Statement.

The solutions to our problems are and always will be based upon universal, timeless, self-evident principles common to every enduring, prospering society throughout history.

There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children... one is roots, the other wings.

The power to distinguish between person and performance and to communicate intrinsic worth flows naturally out of our own sense of intrinsic worth.

The spirit of America has nurtured responsibility and community unlike any other country.

There are only two roles in organizations: customers and suppliers.

The power to make and keep commitments to ourselves is the essence of developing the? habits of effectiveness.

The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don?t like to do.

There are principles that govern human effectiveness ? natural laws in the human dimension that are just as real, just as unchanging and unarguably there as laws such as gravity are in the physical dimension.

The principled exercise of free choice? almost always involves some form of sacrifice.

The term paradigm shift was introduced by Thomas Kuhn in his highly influential landmark book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn shows how almost every significant breakthrough in the field of scientific endeavor is first a break with tradition, with old ways of thinking, with old paradigms.

There are times to teach and times not to teach.

The proactive approach is to change from the inside-out: to be different, and by being different, to effect positive change in what?s out there?I can be more resourceful, I can be more diligent, I can be more creative, I can be more cooperative.

The Three Lives We all lead three lives: our public life, our private life, and our deep inner life. Our public life takes place in a community setting, where we interact with others. Our private life is away from the public?we may be alone, with a friend, or with family members. But our deep inner life is our most significant life. It is where our heart is. It?s where we have the capacity to explore our own motives, to examine our own thoughts and desires, and to analyze our problems and our needs. We can go into this deep private life?we could call it a secret life?even when we are in a public or a private setting. Our secret life is where we are able to tap into the power of the four human endowments: self-awareness, conscience, imagination, and independent will. When you are dealing with the development of a personal mission statement, you need to go into the deep inner or secret life, which influences the other two. It is the part of you where you decide the most fundamental issues of your life. As the psalmist put it: Search your own heart with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of your life. It truly is a secret life. No one knows the thoughts and intents of your heart. You alone have that awareness, and you can step in on your own deep inner life; you can examine, explore, and change it. Many people, unless they are in pain because of something they care about that is not being fulfilled, will not go into their deep inner life at all. In a sense, they?re not living. They?re just being lived, publicly and privately.

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First Name
Stephen
Last Name
Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey
Birth Date
1932
Death Date
2012
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American Author, Educator, Businessman, Trainer, Motivational Speaker best known for his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People