Stephen Covey Dies, But Leaves a Legacy of Inspiration

Famed motivator and author Stephen Covey recently passed away. The author, made famous by the “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” book series, has been adopted by millions of people around the world. Covey, a former professor at Brigham Young University, founded an executive training center in Utah that merged with Franklin Quest Co to form FranklinCovey, a leading provider of time-management seminars and publications.

In a statement sent to employees of the Utah consulting firm co-founded by Covey, his family said Covey died at a hospital in Idaho early Monday due to complications from a bicycle accident this past spring. He was 79.

To commemorate the impact he made on the world and giving you a little extra motivation, here are the top inspirational quotes by Stephen Covey. Whether you need that extra push while pursuing your online Business degree, or are sluggishly working in a cubicle, these quotes are sure to move barriers to success and increase your productivity.

On Choices

“But until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.”

“We are free to choose our actions, . . . but we are not free to choose the consequences of these actions.”

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

Day-to-day Advice

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”

“Start with the end in mind. ”

“Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy.”

“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.”

“Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.”

“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and
he will become as he can and should be.”

And… The Seven Habits

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



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