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Stephen Covey

United States 24 October 1932, Utah, United States 16 July 2012, Idaho, United States


Over his lifetime, Stephen inspired millions with the power of universal principles. As he traveled the globe many times over, his message was a simple one: for true success and meaning in life, we must be principle-centered in all areas of life. A teacher at heart, he often taught: "there are three constants in life: change, choice and principles." 

From the oval office, the board room, community halls and to the school house and family room, Stephen taught the mindset, skillset and toolset found in the 7 habits of Highly effective people, his seminal work. His legacy is woven in the 7 habits, and, just as these habits are universal and timeless, so is Stephen r. Covey, who is admired around the world for his simple, yet powerful, universal, timeless teachings. 

Recognized as one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey was one of the world’s foremost leadership authorities, organizational experts, and thought leaders. 

Covey was the author of acclaimed books, including the international best seller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which has sold more than 25 million copies in 40 languages throughout the world. Other best sellers authored by Covey include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness. 

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

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

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

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

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

Management works in the system; leadership works on the system.

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

Self-mastery and self-discipline are the foundation of good relationships with others.

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we're getting.

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

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

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

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 Covey

Stephen Covey

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

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

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

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

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 Covey

Stephen Covey

Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

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

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

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 Covey

Stephen Covey

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

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

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

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

Start with the end in mind.

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

We are free to choose our actions, . . . but we are not free to choose the consequences of these actions.

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

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

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

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

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy.

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

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