Stephen R. Covey: 7 essential quotes to commemorate his life

Named one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey, bestselling author of the self-help book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," worked to help individuals discover how they can be more effective by making conscious decisions as to how they will respond, act, and think. More than 25 million copies of "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" have been sold worldwide since its publication in 1989, but Covey was insistent that what he taught was not original but rather was based on “universal principles” and mostly “common sense” – he credited himself only with laying the material out. Covey held a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University and spent the majority of his career teaching at Brigham Young University as a professor of organizational behavior and business management. In 1997, Covey co-founded Franklin-Covey, a leadership development organization that aims to help individuals and organizations improve through coaching, mentoring, workshops, and assessment services based on Covey’s principles. It is the largest management and leadership development organization in the world.

1. Our world view

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“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are – or, as we are conditioned to see it.” 

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