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Friday, November 1, 2019

Quotes from Stephen R Covey’s ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’




Stephen R Covey’s ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ is one of the popular business-cum-self-help book. It was first published in 1989.

Sometimes I wonder should I be honest or just stay quiet. Then I think why deprive the world of my opinion, it wouldn’t be a better place without it. :D

So here’s my opinion: I don’t remember much of what I read from this book back in probably at the end of 2013 or maybe it was 2014.

I did like reading it at that time, but certainly not enough to remember much of it. But that applies to most self-help books I end up reading (thankfully I’m no self-help book addict, so I don’t waste my time on many).

I’m just glad that I’m a hoarder and I still had this copy of collected quotes with me.

Here’s a small collection of quotes, I ended up noting down as I went through the book:  



“You’re the creator. You are in charge.” ~~ Stephen R Covey (Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)



“Valuing the differences is the essence of synergy -- the mental, the emotional, the psychological differences between people. And the key to valuing those differences is to realize that all people see the world, not as it is, but as they are.” ~~ Stephen R Covey (Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)



“The person who is truly effective has the humility and reverence to recognize his own perceptual limitations and to appreciate the rich resources available through interaction with the hearts and minds of other human beings.” ~~ Stephen R Covey (Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)



“We typically seek first to be understood. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” ~~ Stephen R Covey (Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)



“Sameness is not oneness; uniformity is not unity. Unity, or oneness, is complementariness, not sameness. Sameness is uncreative...and boring. The essence of synergy is to value the differences.” ~~ Stephen R Covey (Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)



“You are a disciple, a follower, of your own deep values and their source. And you have the will, the integrity, to subordinate your feelings, your impulses, and your moods to those values.” ~~ Stephen R Covey (Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)



“You cannot pretend for long, for you will eventually be found out.  Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education.” ~~ Stephen R Covey (Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)



“Effective people are not problem-minded; they're opportunity-minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems. They think preventively.” ~~ Stephen R Covey (Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)



“But you have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage --pleasantly, smiling, non-apologetically -- to say "no" to other things. Keep in mind that you are always saying "no" to something. Even when the urgent is good, the good can keep you from your best, keep you from your unique contributions, if you let it.” ~~ Stephen R Covey (Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)



“You also need a tool that deals with people, not just schedules. While you can think in terms of efficiency in dealing with time, a principle-centered person thinks in terms of effectiveness in dealing with people.” ~~ Stephen R Covey (Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)



“Writing is another powerful way to sharpen the mental saw. Keeping a journal of our thoughts, experiences, insights, and learnings promotes mental clarity, exactness, and context. Writing good letters -- communicating on the deeper level of thoughts, feelings, and ideas rather than on the shallow, superficial level of events -- also affects our ability to think clearly, to reason accurately, and to be understood effectively.” ~~ Stephen R Covey (Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)




“What matters most is how we respond to what we experience in life. Difficult circumstances often create Paradigm Shifts, whole new frames of reference by which people see the world and themselves and others in it, and what life is asking of them. Their larger perspective reflects the attitudinal values that lift and inspire us all.” ~~ Stephen R Covey (Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)



“Make small commitments and keep them. Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.” ~~ Stephen R Covey (Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)



“Habit 7 is, preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have -- you. It's renewing the four dimensions of your nature -- physical, spiritual, mental, and social/emotional.” ~~ Stephen R Covey (Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)


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Hope you enjoyed reading this collection of quotes.