Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens is the Teen version of the award winning book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Using the same principles, Sean Covey simply rewrote His Father- Stephen Covey-‘s book to suit the new generation teen. Making use of colorful graphics, playful activities, and whimsical anecdotes; Sean provides self-help tools for the everyday teen in the digital world to achieve goals, build friendships, and much more.
The book has 288-pages, duly broken down into the essential seven Habits; it is stacked with direct challenges facing today’s teenagers and provides insight on how to constantly keep your head above the ground despite the odds of the Social Media age. Using real-life experiences from teens across the globe, these habits were analyzed in detail. Some of the things he proffered include: having a personal mission statement, being proactive and listening effectively.
Here is a summary of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens:
The Private Victory (Habits 1, 2 and 3)
- Be proactive
There are the proactive people and the reactive people. The proactive people take responsibility for their actions, while the reactive people rely on fate and blame others for everything. Being proactive, as a habit, requires taking charge of your emotions, attitude, and your life in general. We cannot control what others do to us, but we can control how we react to them.
2) Begin with the End in Mind
This is the habit of working with a clear objective. He advised that our goals be written clearly and followed to the best of our abilities. He also emphasized that we have a mission statement and gave a guide on how to go about it.
3) Put First Things First
Prioritize. In order to accomplish things without spending unnecessary time on irrelevant activities, our priorities should be properly organized. The ‘prioritizer’ plans ahead on a ‘first-things-first basis; not giving room for procrastination or saying yes to just about anything.
The Public Victory (Habits 4, 5 and 6)
4) Think Win-Win
Competitiveness is good but unhealthy competition can turn sour. It is advised that we carry on a ‘win-win’ rather than the ‘what is in it for me?’ mentality. The habit is to embrace the idea that everybody can be happy. It also shunned against comparisons.
5) Seek First to Understand, then to Be Understood
Often times, we listen only to reply and then we complain of not being understood. Listening is a habit that every teen should cultivate. It encouraged that we listen with our eyes – noting body language- and not just our ears.
This is the common principle of ‘1+1=3’. Two heads are better than one; hence, we should permit organized teamwork and celebrate the unity in our diversity.
7) Sharpen the Saw
Rejuvenate yourself. We are given four components that we should care for and constantly renew, that is, our body, mind, heart and soul. Get an education, stay fit, be energized, and happy.
The book has the right lessons; however, I find it quite dogmatic and rigid for the everyday teenager. Teens do not necessarily have the maturity to follow each step and activity judiciously.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens is a wonderful self-help book with well crafted principles and is recommended for parents raising teenagers and of course, teenagers themselves.
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I first read this book in my second year in School and was simply amazed at its simplicity. The Original book- Seven Habits of Highly effective People- was one of those books that seemed entirely too complex for me to read then, so I loved the fact that I could get the same principles in a much more ‘down to earth’ presentation.
The value of knowledge it provides is as timeless as infinity! Teens and youths for generations to come will still be able to relate to these seven habits. I rate the book a 3.8 out of 5. You can give your own rating below.
About the Author
Sean Covey is Executive Vice President of Global Solutions and Partnerships for Franklin Covey. He is a motivational speaker, and publishing executive providing business leadership and time management educational tools for organizations and individuals. A New York Times bestselling author, Covey has written several books, including The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, The 4 Disciplines of Execution, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, which has been translated into twenty languages and sold over five million copies worldwide.