12 Most Profound Life Lessons from Stephen Covey


Below are the 12 most profound life lessons from the great man [Stephen Covey].

1. Seek first to understand then to be understood

2. The way we see the problem is the problem

3. There is a way to solve the toughest problems we face, even those that look unsolvable

There is a path that cuts through nearly all life’s dilemmas and deep divisions. There is a way forward. It’s not your way and it’s not my way. It’s a better way than any of us have thought of before.

4. Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves

5. I am not a product of my circumstances, I am a product of my decisions

6. People are working harder than ever, but because they lack clarity and vision, they aren’t getting very far

They, in essence, are pushing a rope… with all of their might.

7. Our first birth gift: the freedom to choose

8. Find your voice and inspire others to find their voice

9. Human beings are not things needing to be motivated and controlled; they are four dimensional — body, mind, heart and spirit

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

11. You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage —pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say “no” to other things

The way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.”

12. Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny







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