Stephen Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey

Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey

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

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The way we see the problem is the problem. To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.

There's a common misconception that a person's skill is their talent. Skills, however, are not talents. Talents, on the other hand, require skills. People can have skills and knowledge in areas where their talents do not lie. If they have a job that requires their skills but not their talents, organizations will never tap into their passion or voice. They'll go through the motions, but this will only make them appear to need external supervision and motivation. If you can hire people whose passion intersects with the job, they won't require any supervision at all. They will manage themselves better than anyone could ever manage them. Their fire comes from within, not from without. Their motivation is internal, not external.

The pattern of true growth and development may occur from the inside-out, but we are driven to it from the outside-in ? from the need that all of us have to serve, to matter, to contribute to the lives of others and to society, to be involved in something of transcendent meaning ? to leave a legacy.

The reality is that everybody makes mistakes. The issue isn?t whether you will make them, it?s what you will do about them. It?s whether you will choose the path of humility and courage or the path of ego and pride.

The way we see things is the source of the way we think or the way we act.

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.

The PC principle is to always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.

The reflection of the current social paradigm tells us we are largely determined by conditioning and conditions.

The way you spend your time is a result of the way you see your time and the way you really see your priorities.

There's strong data that, within companies, the No. 1 reason for ethical violations is the pressure to meet expectations, sometimes unrealistic expectations.

The person who doesn?t read is no better off than the person who can?t read.

The roots of the problems we face in the world, in our national life, and in our family and personal lives are spiritual.

The work will come again, but childhood won?t.

These four gifts?self-awareness, conscience, creative imagination, and independent will?reside in the space we

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.

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