Quotes from “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey

There are actually three social maps—three theories of determinism widely accepted, independently or in combination, to explain the nature of man. Genetic determinism basically says your grandparents did it to you. That’s why you have such a temper. Your grandparents had short tempers and it’s in your DNA. It just goes through the generations and you inherited it. In addition, you’re Irish, and that’s the nature of Irish people.
Psychic determinism basically says your parents did it to you. Your upbringing, your childhood experience essentially laid out your personal tendencies and your character structure. That’s why you’re afraid to be in front of a group. It’s the way your parents brought you up. You feel terribly guilty if you make a mistake because you “remember” deep inside the emotional scripting when you were very vulnerable and tender and dependent. You “remember” the emotional punishment, the rejection, the comparison with somebody else when you didn’t perform as well as expected.
Environmental determinism basically says your boss is doing it to you—or your spouse, or that bratty teenager, or your economic situation, or national policies. Someone or something in your environment is responsible for your situation.
Satisfied needs do not motivate. It’s only the unsatisfied need that motivates.
I feel pressured and hassled all day, every day, seven days


Smiling wins more friends than frowning,
set and met my career goals
We are what we repeatedly do.
Success became more a function of personality, of public image, of attitudes and behaviors, skills and techniques that lubricate the processes of human interaction.
This Personality Ethic essentially took two paths: one was human and public relations techniques, and the other was positive mental attitude (PMA)
of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.
to the principle of fairness
Principles are like lighthouses
We can see a reality that is superseded by his limited perception
Kuhn shows how almost every significant breakthrough in the field of scientific endeavor is first a break with tradition
What you are shouts so loudly in my ears I cannot hear what you say.”
in reaping for so long where we have not sown
We stopped trying to kindly
Smiling wins more friends than frowning
we would go to great lengths to reinforce him
we just can’t seem to rekindle the feeling we used to have
But I feel uneasy
I can control the outcome
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