Thursday, April 17, 2008

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey

Everyone thinks they've got their act together - that is until your homework starts piling up, your room gets trashed, you have a fight with your parents, and you start thinking that nobody is on your side! That's when you notice those kids at school who always seem happy, prepared, on target with everything they do, and you ask yourself "how do they do it?"

Young author Sean Covey just might have the answer. His dad wrote the popular book "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," which guided many people toward a more rational & satisfying way of living their lives. Sean built on that to create his own ideas on how teens can get more organized, minimize stress, and get more satisfaction from life.

What are Sean's ideas? He starts with basic things like creating a "Personal Bank Account" to keep track of the positive and negative things you do for yourself and others. The more positive things you do, the better you feel about yourself! He also talks about keeping the promises you make (especially to yourself), being honest, tapping your talent, and avoiding some common negative things like neglecting your talents.

And what are the "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens"? Things like beginning a task with the end in mind, and "keep hope alive" when things in your life start to look bleak. Each of the habits is explained with lots of personal examples from the author life, as well as others. The book reads easy, is well illustrated, and it makes sense!

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