Inspirational Quotes from “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”

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I recently finished the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. This blog post is not to serve as a review. Rather, I noted some of the quotes that I thought were inspirational:

This one was so long, so I’m not quoting directly: A student said they “have” to leave class go to on a tennis trip. Upon questing if they really “have” to, the student said “yes.” The consequences would be to miss the trip. The author (a teacher) said if you go, then you’ll miss class, and not learn. So you need to choose between learning and tennis. The student admitted he had a choice to leave class. — Page 86–87

“It is not what others do or even our own mistakes that hurt us the most; it is our response to those things. Chasing after the poisonous snake that bites us will only drive the poison through our entire system. It is far better to take measure immediately to get the poison out.” — Page 99

“What would you like each of these [people giving a eulogy at your funeral] to say about you and your life? What kind of husband, wife, father, or mother would you like their words to reflect? What kind of son or daughter or cousin? What kind of friend? What kind of working associate?” Page 104

“Management is a bottom line focus: How can I best accomplish certain things? Leadership deals with the top line: What are the things I want to accomplish? In the words of both Peter Drucker and Warren Bennis, ‘Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.’ ” — Page 108

“I am personally persuaded that the essence of the best thinking in the area of time management can be captured in a single phrase: Organize and execute around priorities.” — Page 158

“ ‘To do the jobs that you want done right would take several days. Which of these projects would you like me to delay or cancel to satisfy your request?’ ”— Page 166

“Trust is the highest form of human motivation. It brings out the very best in people.” — Page 187

“If you don’t have confidence in the diagnosis, you won’t have confidence in the prescription.” — Page 256

“A good student will understand before he applies. A good parent will understand before evaluating or judging.” — Page 256

“We can’t live without eating, but we don’t live to eat.” — Page 314

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