Carnival of Pecuniary Delights #25 – Stephen Covey Edition

Welcome to the 25th edition of the Carnival of Pecuniary Delights. I’m delighted to be hosting this week! I’ve participated in the carnival since its inception and have big shoes to fill when it comes to hosting.

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This Week’s Theme

I selected Stephen Covey for this week’s carnival theme because he is truly one of my ‘personal heroes.’ Long-time readers know how frequently I quote his work, and one of the founding principles of this blog is just that – following principles, a staple of Covey’s work.

Throughout the Carnival, you’ll see quotes from Stephen Covey that teach us a great deal about life. I encourage you to pause and think about each one as you read!

Editor’s Picks

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

“Most people define greatness through wealth and popularity and position in the corner office. But what I call everyday greatness comes from character and contribution.”


I’m pleased to select four of the best entries this week as my Editor’s Picks. There were some really fantastic submissions, but the following really stood out:

Saving Money

“The commitments we make to ourselves and to others, and our integrity to those commitments, is the essence and clearest manifestation of our proactivity.”

“Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.”



“‘Begin with the end in mind’ is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things.”

“Contrary to most of our scripting, to win does not mean somebody else has to lose…”



“Without involvement, there is no commitment. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it. No involvement, no commitment.”

“We immediately become more effective when we decide to change ourselves rather than asking things to change for us.”


Everything Else

“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 behaviors grow out of these assumptions.”

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger ‘YES’ burning inside…”


And finally,

“Writing is another powerful way to sharpen the mental saw. Keeping a journal of our thoughts, experiences, insights, and learnings promotes mental clarity, exactness, and context.”

A big thank-you to everyone who participated in this week’s carnival. Next Thursday, the carnival will be hosted by none other than Financial Highway. Be sure to get your entries in by going to the carnival’s submission page.

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