Author Stephen Covey Dies: 14 Inspiring Quotes From His Legendary Self-Help Books
Stephen Covey, author of the iconic book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, died this morning at the age of 79. The management guru taught business at Brigham Young University and penned other 7 Habits spin-off books, selling some 20 million copies. In 1996 he was named one of Time magazine's top 25 most influential Americans. Not bad for a Utah boy raised on an egg farm!
First, a list of those 7 habits:
- Be Proactive
- Begin With the End in Mind
- Put First Things First
- Think Win/Win
- Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
- Sharpen the Saw
- Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do).
- Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.
- Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.
- You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.”
- The way we see the problem is the problem.
- There are three constants in life ... Change, Choice, and Principles.
- Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.
- Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic.
- We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.
- Two people can see the same thing, disagree, and yet both be right. It's not logical; it's psychological.
- If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control -- myself.
- It's not what happens to us, but our response to what happens to us that hurts us.
- Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy.