Stephen R. Covey

American educator, author and businessman

Lived from: 1932-2012

Category: Economists and businessmen | Writers (Contemporary)

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    Accountability breeds response-ability.
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    Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it - immediately.
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    If you're proactive, you don't have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own.
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    Interdependency follows independence.
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    It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.
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    It's easy to say ''no!'' when there's a deeper ''yes!'' burning inside.
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    Live out of your imagination, not your history.
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    Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
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    Management works in the system; Leadership works on the system.
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    Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character…
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    Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.
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    People can't live with change if there's not a changeless core inside them. The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.
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    People who exercise their embryonic freedom day after day, little by little, expand that freedom. People who do not will find that it withers until they are literally ''being lived.'' They are acting out scripts written by parents, associates and society.
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    Power is the faculty or capacity to act, the strength and potency to accomplish something. It is the vital energy to make choices and decisions. It also includes the capacity to overcome deeply embedded habits and to cultivate higher, more effective ones.
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    Priority is a function of context.
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