Top 31 Stephen Covey Quotes

There is no future in a job. The only future is inside oneself. We look inside rather than outside. We become producer rather than consumers of other peoples’ production.


Very few people have ever experienced the feeling of being completely understood. When they experience it, it can become one of the richest feelings they have ever had.


It is unpleasant and disturbing to be rejected. It is deeply satisfying to be accepted.


Our problems don’t stem from our ignorance so much as our disobedience of that which we know to be right.


I must change in order to change the world. The only revolution with any permanent value takes part in the breast of the individual person.


Your ability to get along with others flows naturally from how well you are getting along with yourself from your own internal peace and harmony which is itself a function of your peace and harmony with God and your family.


Lord, give me the courage to change the things which can and ought to be changed, the serenity to accept things which cannot be changed, and the wisdom to know the difference – Alcoholics Anonymous


So also in a marriage or in helping a teenager through a difficult identity crisis—there is no quick fix, where you can just move in and make everything right with a positive mental attitude and a bunch of success formulas.


If there’s one thing that’s certain in business, it’s uncertainty.


Employers and business leaders need people who can think for themselves – who can take initiative and be the solution to problems.


A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships.


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


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


Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect.


In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.


It’s a fact that more people watch television and get their information that way than read books. I find new technology and new ways of communication very exciting and would like to do more in this field.


Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.


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.


We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals.


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


We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.


An empowered organisation is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organisational success.


When we value correct principles, we have truth – a knowledge of things as they are.


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


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


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.


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.


Despite all our gains in technology, product innovation and world markets, most people are not thriving in the organizations they work for.


In school, many of us procrastinate and then successfully cram for tests. We get the grades and degrees we need to get the jobs we want, even if we fail to get a good general education.


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


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.



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