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70+ Stephen Covey Quotes From The Motivational Keynote Speaker

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A collection of Stephen Covey quotes on leadership, change, and trust.

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Stephen Richards Covey is an eminent motivational speaker, educator, author, businessman, and professor at Utah State University.

Stephen Covey has influenced and empowered many readers of all age groups through his speeches and books. Time magazine in 1996 named him as one of the 25 most influential people.

Stephen Covey's most popular and influential book is 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People'. It was first published in 1989 and focused on attaining goals through integrity, honesty, and human dignity. More than 30 million copies of the book were sold worldwide since its first publication and was the first audio-book in the U.S. to sell more than one million copies.

His other best-selling books are 'The 8th Habit', 'The Leader in Me,' 'First Things First,' 'Principle-Centered Leadership,' and many more.

In 1997, Covey established FranklinCovey, a global professional services firm with Franklin Quest, which provides training and productivity tools to individuals and organizations.

One of Stephen Covey's famous motivational thoughts was, "What you do has far greater impact than what you say." This powerful thought was vouched by many, who said that they benefitted a lot.

Here is a collection of the best Stephen Covey quotes. If you are interested in similar quotes, visit [Zig Ziglar Motivational quotes and Leo Buscaglia quotes.

Stephen R Covey Quotes

Stephen Covey has transformed many people through his inspirational books and thoughts. Here is a compilation of his thought-provoking quotes.

1." Most people do not listen with the intent to understand. Most people listen with the intent to reply."

-Stephen Covey.

2."There are three constants in life – change, choice and principles."

-Stephen Covey.

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

-Stephen Covey.

4." 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.

5."You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage — pleasantly, smilingly, non apologetically, to say "no" to other things."

-Stephen Covey.

6." Seek first to understand, and then to be understood."

-Stephen Covey.

7." Strength lies in differences, not in similarity."

-Stephen Covey.

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

-Stephen Covey.

9." And the way you do that is by having a bigger "yes" burning inside. The enemy of the best is often the good."

-Stephen Covey.

10."Each of us guards a gate of change that can be opened only from the inside."

-Stephen Covey.

11."Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education."

-Stephen Covey.

12."Live out of your imagination, not your history."

-Stephen Covey.

13."Primary greatness is on the inside. It’s about character."

-Stephen Covey.

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

-Stephen Covey.

15." What air is to the body, to feel understood is to the heart."

-Stephen Covey.

16." Don’t argue for other people’s weaknesses. Don’t argue for your own."

-Stephen Covey.

17." Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a choice. Be part of the solution not part of the problem."

-Stephen Covey.

18." The way we see the ‘problem’ is the problem."

-Stephen Covey.

19." The key to life is not accumulation. It’s contribution."

-Stephen Covey.

20."When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it – immediately."

-Stephen Covey.

21." We judge ourselves by our intentions. And others by their actions."

-Stephen Covey.

22." The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."

-Stephen Covey.

23." We develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and obstacles."

- Stephen Covey.

24."You can retire from a job, but don’t ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life."

-Stephen Covey.

Stephen Covey '7 Habits Of Highly Effective People' Quotes

'The 7 habits of Highly Effective People' written by Stephen Covey, is the most sold motivational book. Below are some powerful Stephen Covey 7 habits quotes.

Quotes from Stephen Covey's best-known book.

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

-Stephen R. Covey.

26."At some time in your life, you probably had someone believe in you when you didn't believe in yourself."

-Stephen R. Covey.

27."Synergy is better than my way or your way. It’s our way."

-Stephen R. Covey.

28." If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control- myself."

-Stephen R. Covey.

29." 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 R. Covey.

30."Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is the fruit of love the verb or our loving actions. So love her. Sacrifice. Listen to her. Empathize. Appreciate. Affirm her."

-Stephen R. Covey.

31." The key to your family culture is how you treat the child that tests you the most."

-Stephen R. Covey.

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

-Stephen R. Covey.

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

-Stephen R. Covey.

34."Being is seeing in the human dimension."

-Stephen R. Covey.

35."Courage isn't absent of fear, it is the awareness that something else is important."

-Stephen R. Covey.

36."Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice."

-Stephen R. Covey.

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

-Stephen R. Covey.

38." What we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do."

-Stephen R. Covey.

Stephen Covey Leadership Quotes

Through his books, Stephen Covey has encouraged people to improve and upgrade themselves to be true leaders. Here are some quotes on leadership from Stephen Covey that energize us.

Stephen Covey inspirational quotes on leadership.

39."Leadership is a choice, not a position."

-Stephen Covey.

40." I don’t define leadership as becoming the CEO. A CEO is no more likely to be a leader than anyone else. I am talking about leading your own life, being a leader among your friends, being a leader in your own family."

-Stephen Covey.

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

-Stephen Covey.

42."A life of total integrity is the only one worth striving for."

-Stephen Covey.

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

-Stephen Covey.

44."Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them."

-Stephen Covey.

45."Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."

-Stephen Covey.

46."He who has a why can deal with any what or how."

-Stephen Covey.

47."Treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers."

-Stephen Covey.

48."Our most important financial asset is our own capacity to earn."

-Stephen Covey.

49."Private Victory precedes Public Victory. Algebra comes before calculus."

-Stephen Covey.

50."Make time for planning; Wars are won in the general’s tent."

-Stephen Covey.

51."Results matter! They matter to your credibility. "

-Stephen Covey.

52."Accountability breeds response-ability. "

-Stephen Covey.

53." Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs."

-Stephen Covey.

54."Involve people in the problem and work out the solution together."

-Stephen Covey.

55." The only thing that endures over time is the Law of the Farm. You must prepare the ground, plant the seed, cultivate, and water it if you expect to reap the harvest."

-Stephen Covey.

56."Every human being 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."

-Stephen Covey.

57."Leadership is the highest of the arts, simply because it enables all the other arts and professions to work."

-Stephen Covey.

58."Leadership is a choice that lies in the space between stimulus and response."

-Stephen Covey.

Inspirational Quotes By Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey has created his own brand as a self-help guru. Here are some of the motivational quotes by Stephen covey that will help us live our dreams.

59." What you do has far greater impact than what you say."

-Stephen Covey.

60."Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly."

-Stephen Covey.

61."You have to water the flowers you want to grow."

-Stephen Covey.

62." Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment."

-Stephen Covey.

63." Our ultimate freedom is the right and power anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us."

-Stephen Covey.

64." To achieve goals you’ve never achieved before you need to start doing things you’ve never done before."

-Stephen Covey.

65." 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.

66." To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions."

-Stephen Covey.

67." Effective people are not problem-minded; they’re opportunity-minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems."

-Stephen Covey.

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

-Stephen Covey.

69."Deep within each of us is an inner longing to live a life of greatness and contribution – to really matter, to really make a difference. We can consciously decide to leave behind a life of mediocrity and to live a life of greatness – at home, at work, and in the community."

-Stephen Covey.

70."Start small, make a promise and keep it. Then, make larger promises and keep them."

-Stephen Covey.

71." Highly proactive people don’t blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. Their behavior is a product of their own conscious choice."

-Stephen Covey.

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

-Stephen R. Covey.

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