Effectiveness Quotes

We all know we need to live more effective lives.  That’s where these effectiveness quotes come in.

Read through these quotes and see if you can take your life to the next level:

Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things. -Peter F. Drucker

To increase your effectiveness, make your emotions subordinate to your commitments. -Brian Koslow

Effective leadership is putting first things first.  Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. -Stephen Covey

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. -Henry David Thoreau

The most effective way to do it, is to do it. -Amelia Earhart

While you can think in terms of efficiency in dealing with time, a principle-centered person thinks in terms of effectiveness in dealing with people. -Stephen R. Covey

Don’t worry about being effective.  Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth. -Dorothy Day

Do the hard jobs first.  The easy jobs will take care of themselves. -Dale Carnegie

Concentration is the key to economic results.  No other principles of effectiveness is violated as constantly today as the basic principle of concentration. -Peter Drucker

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. -Peter Drucker

Flying off the handle sometimes causes hammers and humans to lose their heads, as well as their effectiveness. -William Al Ward

To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world — that I am able to change it in positive ways. -Maxine Hong Kingston

To accomplish more, redirect your mental energy by continuously reminding yourself of all the things you do right. -Brian Koslow

The more you are willing to accept responsibility for your actions, the more credibility you will have. -Brian Koslow

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans. -Peter F. Drucker

Busy does not equal important.  Measured doesn’t mean mattered. -Seth Godin

There is time for everything. -Thomas A. Edison

It will generally be found that men who are constantly lamenting their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, and improvidence, or want of application. -Samuel Smiles

Cause and effect, means and ends, seed and fruit cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end preexsts in the means, the fruit in the seed. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not bad, huh?  I like that 2nd to last one by Smiles. 

Of course, I could have added tons of other incredible effectiveness quotes by just typing out all the highlighted parts of Covey’s book on the subject. 

If you haven’t read it, drop everything and grab a copy…..

What are your favorite effectiveness quotes? 

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    • jawed khan
    • October 28, 2010


    • Mike aka Juggler
    • October 28, 2010

    Thanks, great way to get focused this morning!

    • laura
    • October 28, 2010

    The most effective way to do it, is to do it. -Amelia Earhart

    I particularly like this one. I started the Stephen Covey book a few years back but it was a loan so i never did get round to finishing it. but its on my bucket list.

    • Laurie
    • October 30, 2010

    Lot’s of favorites but I really like and believe “There is time for everything. -Thomas A. Edison. I hear so many people saying “I so busy, I don’t have time for that”.

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