stephen covey quotes


Stephen covey was born on October 24, 1932. He is an American businessman, author and speaker. Stephen is the author of the most popular non-fiction, self-help book 7 habits of highly effective people. Covey started his undergraduate career as a graduate of Harvard University and received an MBA degree. Subsequently, he redirected his attention from business research to graduate studies in theology. Since then, he has received ten honorary doctorates, including a Doctor of Religious Education (DRE) from Brigham Young University. In this article, we have compiled Stephen covey quotes on the character.


Your most important work is always ahead of you, never behind you. –Stephen Covey

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

Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply. –Stephen Covey

If we keep doing what we’re doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.Stephen Covey

Every time you think the problem is ‘out there,’ that very thought is the problem –Stephen Covey

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

We see the world not as it is, but as we are. –Stephen Covey

What is common sense isn’t common practice. –Stephen Covey

The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it. –Stephen Covey

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

Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them. –Stephen Covey

Begin with the end in mind. –Stephen Covey

You can’t talk your way out of problems you behave yourself into. –Stephen Covey

To learn something but not to do is really not to learn. To know something but not to do is really not to know. –Stephen Covey

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. –Stephen Covey

Outsourcing is inevitable, and I don’t think it’s necessarily treating people like things. –Stephen Covey

Some habits of ineffectiveness are rooted in our social conditioning toward quick-fix, short-term thinking. –Stephen Covey

He who has a why can deal with any what or how. –Stephen Covey

A personal mission statement becomes the DNA for every other decision we make. –Stephen Covey

If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control – myself. –Stephen Covey

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


Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else trie to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.- –Stephen Covey

I teach people how to treat me by what I will allow. –Stephen Covey

Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; and sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny. –Stephen Covey

To achieve goals you’ve never achieved before you need to start doing things you’ve never done before. -Stephen Covey Click To Tweet

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