The Wisdom and Teachings of Stephen R. Covey Book Review

The Wisdom and Teachings of Stephen R. Covey 

By Stephen R. Covey

  • Accountability breeds responsibility.
  • To change anything in life, you must change.
  • With no involvement, there’s no commitment.
  • Never be so busy sawing that you do not have time to sharpen the saw.
  • No one can hurt you without your consent. You have the power to choose your response.
  • Happiness, like unhappiness, is a choice that each of us have the ability to choose.
  • I am not a product of my circumstances, I am a product of my decisions.
  • If you want to change things, work on the one thing that you have control over: yourself.
  • By making small changes, you can eventually change the entire culture of what you do.
  • Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our circumstances.
  • A mental attitude of “it can’t be done” usually results in a self-fulfilled prophecy.
  • Until a person can say, “I am what I am today because of the choices I make” they will not change the present or future.
  • Be a model, not a critic 
  • Often the enemy of great is good. 
  • The key to life is not accumulation but contribution. 
  • The most important work we will do is confined within the four walls of our own home.
  • The greatest risk is risk-less living. 
  • Many think you can only be tough or nice, but you can be both.
  • Anytime that we think the problem is “out there,” that is the real problem.
  • It is possible to be busy, very busy, without being effective.
  • You can be a transition person, a change between the past and future.
  • Don’t be seduced by your own autobiography.
  • Most people do not listen to understand, they listen to reply. They are filtering what is said and preparing their answer, instead of listening to understand.
  • Words are like eggs that are dropped from a great height, you can’t call them back but you can avoid the mess it makes.
  • What we are communicates much louder than what we say or do.
  • We cannot have a public successful victory unless we first have a private successful victory.
  • Management works on the system while leadership works in the system.
  • How you treat the individual determine how you’ll treat the many because ultimately the many are individuals.
  • In relationships, the little things are big things.
  • Find your voice and help other people find their’s.
  • Undisciplined people become slaves of their emotions and feelings.
  • If you want to be trusted, be trustworthy.
  • People usually trust people whose lives are found on solid principles. Character makes trustworthy.
  • Trust is a glue in life, and it holds relationships together.
  • To change ourselves, we must first change our perception. 
  • We are what we repeatedly do.
  • Plans are worthless, but planning is invaluable – Peter Drucker

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