This last week marks the passing of one of the great creative thinkers and business writers, Stephen R. Covey.

Covey wrote the 1989 breakthrough book, “7 Habits of Highly Successful People.”

In honor of some great thinking, here’s ‘7 of the best’ from Covey:

“The private victory must precede the public victory. You can’t invert that process any more than you can harvest before you plant.”

“We first make out habits and then they make us.”

“See every problem as an opportunity to exercise creative energy.”

“Always start every endeavor with a clear sense of purpose.”

“Efficiency with people is ineffective. With people, fast is slow and slow is fast.”

“It doesn’t matter how fast your going if you’re going in the wrong direction.”

“Your life is the result of your own decisions – not your conditions.”

And, the 7 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 and then to be understood.
6. Synergise.
7. Sharpen the saw.