Any one who has got a chance to read the works of Stephen Covey or to attend a training based on his works would know its effectiveness and the impact it can make in one’s personal and professional life. On the occasion of his sad demise, the best way to pay tribute to him will be to remember his thoughts which will continue to live and inspire forever.

Here are the key principles, or ‘habits’ he propagated in his famous book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’:

Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win/Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Famous quotes of Stephen Covey:

  • “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
  • “Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”
  • To know and not to do is really not to know.”
  • “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
  • “Without involvement, there is no commitment. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it. No involvement, no commitment.”
  • “Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.”
  • “As long as you think the problem is out there, that very thought is the problem.”
  • “If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control – myself.”
  • “To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.”
  • “There are three constants in life… Change, Choice and Principles.”
  • “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”
  • “Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do).”

 Stephen Covey RIP.

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