Home | Blog | Quote from Stephen Covey
Quote

Quote from Stephen Covey

September 4, 2005

I often write down quotes from the books I read and usually I write down the name of the book. But I have come across this interesting quote about creative enterprises that I wrote down and all I can work out is that it was on page 263-264. But I don’t know what book! Any ideas?

“The creative process is … terrifying because you don’t know exactly what’s going to happen or where it is going to lead. You don’t know what new dangers and challenges you’ll find. It takes an enormous amount of internal security to begin with the spirit of adventure, the spirit of discovery, the spirit of creativity. Without doubt, you have to leave the comfort zone of base camp and confront an entirely new and unknown wilderness. You become a trailblazer, a pathfinder. You open new possibilities, new territories, new continents so that others can follow … Most all creative endeavors are somewhat unpredictable. They often seem ambiguous, hit-or-miss, trail and error. And unless people have a high tolerance for ambiguity and get their security from integrity to principles and inner values they find it unnerving and unpleasant to be involved in highly creative enterprises. Their need for structure, certainty and predictability is too high.”

by Susan Barnes
10

Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

10 thoughts on “Quote from Stephen Covey”

  1. wow i really like this. Truly the creative process is a terrifying but fulfilling one. But have no idea where this passage comes from.

  2. wow i really like this. Truly the creative process is a terrifying but fulfilling one. But have no idea where this passage comes from.

  3. I checked Mark Buchanan. He doesn’t write that many pages. It was right after some quotes I had written from, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. But it doesn’t sound like it is from there either.

    Thanks anyway.

  4. I checked Mark Buchanan. He doesn’t write that many pages. It was right after some quotes I had written from, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. But it doesn’t sound like it is from there either.

    Thanks anyway.

  5. Wow! Three and a half years later I have eventually found out that this quote is indeed from The 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey. It is in habit 6 – Synergize.

    All I did was type one part of the quote into Google. I probably did this 3.5 years ago but the entry I found this time would not have been there last time.

  6. Wow! Three and a half years later I have eventually found out that this quote is indeed from The 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey. It is in habit 6 – Synergize.

    All I did was type one part of the quote into Google. I probably did this 3.5 years ago but the entry I found this time would not have been there last time.

Comments are closed.