Friday, February 18, 2011


Stephen Covey : quid pro quotes

1/ There are three constants in life... change, choice and principles.

2/ You can't talk your way out of what you've behaved yourself into.

3/ While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.

4/ Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.

5/ Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it immediately.

6/ We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be. And our attitudes and behaviour grow out of these assumptions.

7/ Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

8/ The key is not to prioritise what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

9/ As a principle-centred person you try to stand apart from the emotion of the situation and from other factors that would act on you, and evaluate the options. Looking at the balanced whole -- the work needs, the family needs, the other needs that may be involved, and the possible implications of the various alternatives -- you'll try to come up with the best solution taking all factors into consideration. We are limited but we can push back the borders of our limitations.

10/ There are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfillment. The essence of these needs is captured in the phrase 'to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy'. The need to live is our physical need for such things as food, clothing, shelter, economical well-being, health. The need to love is our social need to relate to other people, to belong, to love and to be loved. The need to learn is our mental need to develop and to grow. And the need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence and contribution.

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