The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens by Sean CoveyThe 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens

bySean Covey

Paperback | October 1, 1998

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Being a teenager is both wonderful and challenging. In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, author Sean Covey applies the timeless principles of the 7 Habits to teens and the tough issues and life-changing decisions they face. In an entertaining style, Covey provides a step-by-step guide to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, get along with their parents, and much more. In addition, this book is stuffed with cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens will engage teenagers unlike any other book.

An indispensable book for teens, as well as parents, grandparents, and any adult who influences young people, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is destined to become the last word on surviving and thriving as a teen and beyond.
Sean Covey was born in Belfast, Ireland, and raised in Provo, Utah; he has lived in South Africa, Boston, and Dallas. He is currently Vice President of Retail Stores at Franklin Covey Co., one of the world's leading time and life leadership authorities. He graduated with honors from BYU with a degree in English and later earned his M.B...
Title:The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective TeensFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.12 × 6.12 × 0.6 inPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0684856093

ISBN - 13:9780684856094

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing this book helped me in so many ways i was a compulsive liar but this book changed me and my thoughts on life and the world around me
Date published: 2015-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thumbs Up So far this book is amazing. It easily hooks readers and is very relatable. Sean Covey has created a masterpiece.
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from great, but description was lacking My kids are enjoying the book but I wish it was made clear that it is a "mini" version. It is just about 3 inches X 3.5 inches.
Date published: 2011-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring and Accessible I read this as a teen because of a leadership program I was attending. Although my self-esteem was not in the "low" at the time, this book still made me feel better to be myself, and also gave me the self-confidence to defy the trend and stake out my own path. This book is very accessible to teens because it talks to them in a way that is straightforward but inspiring all at the same time. This book features cartoons and excellent quotes (that I still look at from time to time) that are sure to put you on a road to a better "you". If your child (or YOU) need a good uplifting talk from a non-parent figure, this book is probably your best bet. It makes you see the world differently, and though I went in as a pessimist (unfortunately), I came out optimistic. I recommend this book with the Reflections from the same series.
Date published: 2006-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy, motivation! I read this book in high school when, like many teenagers, my self-esteem was compromised. I would recommend guidance offices carry these for loan-outs! This book is a must for ALL teens as it illustrates lessons that are easily and readily applied to real life. An invaluable tool for everyone.
Date published: 2002-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent way to find the right path in life This book sends a positive message to teens like myself, about dealing with the challenges and obsticals of adolecense. It discuses how to deal with peer pressure, time managment, setting goals, decision making and being "bullied". It is written in an entertaining, and engaging format. I would highly recomend it to any teen, sudent, or parents of teen children.
Date published: 2000-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not just for Teens The title of this book is very misleading. People in their twenties can benefit highly from this book. The content is very well laid out and is very applicable to people of all ages. I highly recommend this book to people who are trying to get a hold of their life.
Date published: 2000-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens The author is the son of Stephen R. Covey, who wrote The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I enjoyed this book because it is like a companion to Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul. It provided many helpful tips about choices in life, prioritizing, stress management, teamwork, education and career paths. I found the author's life story very interesting, and relevant to the topics discussed throughout the book.
Date published: 1999-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book! I've read the "adult" version of this book and I have to say that I got a lot more out of Sean's book than I did Stephen's. The anecdotes, quotes, cartoons and poetry are educating, yet entertaining at the same time. The stories were very relative to my age level - reading some of the short stories was like reading a story about myself. Some people might regard the book as "uninspirational and preachy", but for me it was anything but that. What you get out of reading it just depends on how the habits are utilized. Reading the book, it was as if new doors were opening before me. I am better able to handle any arising problems, and solve them faster as well. Two thumbs up!
Date published: 1999-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not just for teens I had a hard time putting this book down! I first bought it so I would have something to read on the way back home from vacation. I hardly ever buy books I just put them on Birthday and Christmas lists but this is the best $20 I ever spent! this book has great tips it should be read by every teen, parent of teens and children who will become teens, teachers etc...
Date published: 1999-06-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Uninspirational and preachy This book was not what I expected: it was so preachy and square that I don't know how Covey's message can effect anyone. It was condescending and patronizing...I couldn't figure out whether it was my parents telling me to join a convent, or my local priest. The verdict? A repetetive, predictable bore, that tells teens that in order to be a positive leader and have self-worth, you must never drink, smoke, go to bed past 10:00 pm, or fight with your parents. These are issues we face every day and for Covey's information, we've been informed that they are wrong. Author: If you're going to write a book for teens, try to relate to the 16 year old inside of us; not the 45 year old inside of yourself.
Date published: 1999-06-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Patronizing pap If you're looking for teen guidance, this is exactly where not to look. Sex is only discussed as something to save for marriage, sexual preferences aren't even brought up, and all substance uses are implicitly evil (yes, even caffeine), and all the "habits" described are pretty much geared toward putting you in a nun's habit, unless you want to become a meat-and-potatoes-straight parent of 4 like the Utah author.
Date published: 1998-12-03

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Get in the HabitThey make you or break you Welcome! My name is Sean and I wrote this book, I don't know how you got it. Maybe your mom gave it to you to shape you up. Or maybe you bought it with your own money because the title caught your eye. Regardless of how it landed in your hands, I'm really glad it did. Now you just need to read it.A lot of teens read books, but I wasn't one of them. (I did read several Cliffs Notes book summaries, however.) So if you're like me, you may be ready to shelve this book. But before you do that, hear me out. If you promise to read this book, I'll promise to make it an adventure. In fact, to keep it fun, I've stuffed it full of cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world...along with a few other surprises. So will you give it a try?Okay? Okay!Now, back to the book. This book is based on another book that my dad, Stephen R. Covey, wrote several years ago entitled The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Surprisingly, that book has become one of the bestselling books of all time. He owes a lot of the credit for its success to me and my brothersand sisters, however. You see, we were his guinea pigs. He tried out all of his psycho experiments on us, and that's why my brothers and sisters have major emotional problems (just kidding, siblings). Luckily, I escaped uninjured.So why did I write this book? I wrote it because life for teens is no longer a playground. It's a jungle out there. And if I've done my job right, this book can be like a compass to help you navigate through it. In addition, unlike my dad's book, which was written for old people (and can get really boring at times), this book was written especially for teens and is always interesting.Although I'm a retired teenager, I remember what it was like to be one. I could have sworn I was riding an emotional roller coaster most of the time. Looking back, I'm actually amazed that I survived. Barely. I'll never forget the time in seventh grade when I first fell in love with a girl named Nicole. I told my friend Clar to tell her that I liked her (I was too scared to speak directly to girls so I used interpreters). Clar completed his mission and returned and reported."Hey, Sean, I told Nicole that you liked her.""What'd she say!?" I giggled."She said, 'Ooohhh, Sean. He's fat!'"Clar laughed. I was devastated. I felt like crawling into a hole and never coming out again. I vowed to hate girls for life. Luckily my hormones prevailed and I began liking girls again.I suspect that some of the struggles that teens have shared with me are also familiar to you:"There's too much to do and not enough time. I've got school, homework, job, friends, parties, and family on top of everything else. I'm totally stressed out. Help!""How can I feel good about myself when I don't match up? Everywhere I look I am reminded that someone else is smarter or prettier, or more popular I can't help but think, 'If I only had her hair, her clothes, her personality, her boyfriend, then I'd be happy.'""I feel as if my life is out of control.""My family is a disaster. If I could only get my parents off my back I might be able to live my life. It seems they're constantly nagging, and I can't ever seem to satisfy them.""I know I'm not living the way I should. I'm into everything -- drugs, drinking, sex, you name it. But when I'm with my friends, I give in and just do what everyone else is doing.""I've started another diet. I think it's my fifth one this year I really do want to change, but I just don't have the discipline to stick with it. Each time I start a new diet I have hope. But it's usually only a short time before I blow it. And then I feel awful.""I'm not doing too well in school right now. If I don't get my grades up I'll never get into college.""I'm moody and get depressed often and I don't know what to do about it."These problems are real, and you can't turn off real life. So I won't try. Instead, I'll give you a set of tools to help you deal with real life. What are they? The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens or, said another way, the seven characteristics that happy and successful teens the world over have in common.By now, you're probably wondering what these habits are so I might as well end the suspense. Here they are, followed by a brief explanation:Habit 1: Be ProactiveTake responsibility for your life.Habit 2: Begin with the End in MindDefine your mission and goals in life.Habit 3: Put First Things FirstPrioritize, and do the most important things first.Habit 4: Think Win-WinHave an everyone-can-win attitude.Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be UnderstoodListen to people sincerely.Habit 6: SynergizeWork together to achieve more.Habit 7: Sharpen the SawRenew yourself regularly.As the above diagram shows, the habits build upon each other. Habits 1, 2, and 3 deal with self-mastery. We call it the "private victory." Habits 4, 5, and 6 deal with relationships and teamwork. We call it the "public victory." You've got to get your personal act together before you can be a good team player. That's why the private victory comes before the public victory. The last habit, Habit 7, is the habit of renewal. It feeds all of the other six habits.The habits seem rather simple, don't they? But just wait till you see how powerful they can be! One great way to understand what the 7 Habits are is to understand what they are not. So here are the opposites, or:The 7 Habits of Highly Defective TeensHabit 1: ReactBlame all of your problems on your parents, your stupid teachers or professors, your lousy neighborhood, your boy- or girlfriend, the government, or something or somebody else. Be a victim. Take no responsibility for your life. Act like an animal. If you're hungry, eat. If someone yells at you, yell back. If you feel like doing something you know is wrong, just do it.Habit 2: Begin with No End in MindDon't have a plan. Avoid goals at all costs. And never think about tomorrow. Why worry about the consequences of your actions? Live for the moment. Sleep around, get wasted, and party on, for tomorrow we die.Habit 3: Put First Things LastarWhatever is most important in your life, don't do it until you have spent sufficient time watching reruns, talking endlessly on the phone, surfing the Net, and lounging around. Always put off your homework until tomorrow. Make sure that things that don't matter always come before things that do.Habit 4: Think Win-LoseSee life as a vicious competition. Your classmate is out to get you, so you'd better get him or her first. Don't let anyone else succeed at anything because, remember, if they win, you lose. If it looks like you're going to lose, however, make sure you drag that sucker down with you.Habit 5: Seek First to Talk, Then Pretend to ListenYou were born with a mouth, so use it. Make sure you talk a lot. Always express your side of the story first. Once you're sure everyone understands your views, then pretend to listen by nodding and saying "uh-huh." Or, if you really want their opinion, give it to them.Habit 6: Don't CooperateLet's face it, other people are weird because they're different from you. So why try to get along with them? Teamwork is for the dogs. Since you always have the best ideas, you are better off doing everything by yourself. Be your own island.Habit 7: Wear Yourself OutBe so busy with life that you never take time to renew or improve yourself. Never study. Don't learn anything new. Avoid exercise like the plague. And, for heaven's sake, stay away from good books, nature, or anything else that may inspire you.As you can see, the habits listed above are recipes for disaster. Yet many of us indulge in them...regularly (me included). And, given this, it's no wonder that life can really stink at times.WHAT EXACTLY ARE HABITS?Habits are things we do repeatedly. But most of the time we are hardly aware that we have them. They're on autopilot.Some habits are good, such as: Exercising regularly Planning ahead Showing respect for othersSome are bad, like: Thinking negatively Feeling inferior Blaming othersAnd some don't really matter, including: Taking showers at night Eating yogurt with a fork Reading magazines from back to frontDepending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do. As writer Samuel Smiles put it:Sow a thought, and you reap an act;Sow an act, and you reap a habit;Sow a habit, and you reap a character;Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.Luckily, you are stronger than your habits. Therefore, you can change them. For example, try folding your arms. Now try folding them in the opposite way. How does this feel? Pretty strange, doesn't it? But if you folded them in the opposite way for thirty days in a row, it wouldn't feel so strange. You wouldn't even have to think about it. You'd get in the habit.At any time you can look yourself in the mirror and say, "Hey, I don't like that about myself," and you can exchange a bad habit for a better one. It's not always easy, but it's always possible.Not every idea in this book will work for you. But you don't have to be perfect to see results, either. Just living some of the habits some of the time can help you experience changes in your life you never thought possible.The 7 Habits can help you: Get control of your life Improve your relationships with your friends Make smarter decisions Get along with your parents Overcome addiction Define your values and what matters most to you Get more done in less time Increase your self-confidence Be happy Find balance between school work, friends, and everything elseOne final point. It's your book, so use it. Get out a pencil, pen, or highlighter and mark it up. Don't be afraid to underline, highlight, or circle your favorite ideas. Take notes in the margins. Scribble. Reread the stories that inspire you. Memorize the quotes that give you hope. Try doing the "baby steps" at the end of each chapter, which were designed to help you start living the habits immediately. You'll get a lot more out of the book if you do.You may also want to call or visit some of the hotlines and Web sites I have listed at the back of the book for additional help or information.If you're the kind of reader who likes to skip around looking for cartoons and other interesting tidbits, that's just fine. But at some point you ought to read the book from start to finish, because the 7 Habits are sequential. They all build on each other. Habit 1 comes before Habit 2 (and so on) for a reason.Copyright © 1998 by Franklin Covey Co.

From Our Editors

Being a teenager means making important life decisions. But it doesn't mean life has to be tough. Using language and real-life teen scenarios, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers speaks convincingly about relationships, peers, parents, school and life choices offering direction and specific skill training to help teens make informed decisions. Adapted from the best-selling The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, it helps teens create their own unique destinies at a time when everything often seems overwhelming and complex.

Editorial Reviews

Dr. Laura C. Schlessinger author of Ten Stupid Things Women Do To Mess Up Their Lives This book has many positive, inspirational, and motivational strategies to help teenagers live up to their potential.