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Book Review: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers

A great book for you to read as a parent, youth worker or carer is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers you can then pass it on to those young people you care for. It is written by Sean Covey (Stephen’s son for those who have read the world top selling 7 Habits of Highly Effective People).

Sean’s concepts are the same but re-written from a teenager’s point of view, in a really entertaining style. In keeping with the aim of getting teenagers to read it (and follow its principles) the book is full of cartoons (pictures still work for me at my age!), practical ideas, quotes and stories from young people from across the globe. There are a few surprise things along the way too. Wherever you look there are inspiring stories of teenagers who have succeeded in life despite real set backs and hurdles; there are practical guides to take you through the ideas of the 7 habits – putting them into action list format.

Sean grew up with his dad practising the seven habits on the family, so he has learned them thoroughly. The seven habits are:

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  • begin with the end in mind
  • put first things first
  • think win-win
  • seek first to understand, then to be understood
  • synergise
  • sharpen the saw.

There is also a section of the alter-habits: ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Defective Teens”, including put last things first etc.

I think the balance is right – humorous yet thoughtful, fun yet practical – why not give it a try?

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