Episode 78 – The Compass vs. the Clock

On the anniversary of Stephen Covey’s death, Jake & Brett discuss the immense impact he’s had on their lives by unpacking one of his powerful quotes, “Live your life by the compass, not the clock.” They discuss how hard it can be to truly live by our values and compass, and why it’s important to regularly stay connected to what matters most. 

Key Points

  • Initial thoughts on the Canadian Residential School tragedy 
  • The legacy of Stephen Covey
  • Shifting our focus from things that are immediate to focusing on the big picture/future
  • Scheduling your priorities instead of prioritizing your schedule
  • How we spend our time shows what our priorities are
  • Character ethic vs the personality ethic 
  • Dealing with the “Tyranny of the Urgent”
  • How to regularly stay connected to your values

Discussion Questions

  • What matters most to you? What are your values? 
  • What do your habits say about your priorities?
  • Which of your priorities needs more time on the schedule?
  • How do you deal with the “Tyranny of the Urgent?” 
  • How often do you take a step back to reassess priorities?

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