When I first wrote an article about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey, I was working in a high school and wanted to do what I could to become that person I wish I had in my life – someone who delivered real world information. I really enjoy the teen workbook too!

Sean Covey rewrote his fathers book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen Covey which sold millions of copies throughout the world in over 30+ languages. There’s a workbook for adults too!

The 7 Habits

The 7 Habits breaks down what it takes to develop the characteristics which happy and successful people in the world have in common.

I’m a huge fan of the original book by Dr. Stephen Covey, but also love the teen version as well. Whenever there’s a book that’s been reproduced for young adults, I make it a point to read both. By reading the original adult version first, then the teen version, I therefore learn the material at a deeper level.

Since we were all teens at one point, we’re able to relate to both. The metaphors in each are different but still apply the same principles.

At the bottom of my Top 150 Recommended Books page, you’ll be able to find a few more books that were written for teens with the original adult copies.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

All of these habits build upon one each other.  Simply start on the first habit for a week or more before moving to Habit 2, and so on. Take as much time as you need, whether it’s a week or numerous months. Once you master it, it’ll last a life time.

Why teachers fail at implementing this is beyond me. Since they refuse to teach real world information, it’s up to us to either teach our kids, or to unlearn all that garbage forced on us. The reason why I say “garbage” is because what did you do every three months in school for over a decade? At the start of winter and summer break, everything went into the garbage can because we knew it was useless.

These Habits are the polar opposite of that. It’s something to think about every day for an entire lifetime. By mastering only a few, you’ll become an outlier and be recognized as an extremely effective individual with whatever you choose to do.

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.

The habits, behaviors, and thought patterns you develop define who you are, what your life is like, and who you’ll eventually end up becoming. These habits are extremely useful for living a happy, successful life. 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is an easy read, just do it!

Private Victory

Self Mastery

Habit 1: Be Proactive

Take responsibility for your life and choose to be a go-getter.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Work towards a desired outcome you choose to hold in your mind.

Habit 3: Put First Things First

Priorities First. Know what’s most important.

Public Victory

Relationships and Teamwork

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

Believe that everyone can win and make it happen.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Listen empathetically to become an influencer and leader.

Habit 6: Synergize

Through teamwork you can achieve more in the long run.


Feeds the other 6 Habits

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Self Improving actions like reading, meditation, and exercise.

What habit will you develop first?

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