There are thousands of books that have revolutionized the lives of millions. These books are not only filled with useful information, but they also provide practical plans of actions that, if followed, bring success.

Unfortunately, these books share shelf-space with thousands of other books that do the exact opposite. For this reason, I thought I would disclose where I get most of my information, ideas, and content when it comes to posts for teens.  There are more that I will tap into later, but these were highly recommended to me to by people who are successful in their own lives.

Great starters for students, parents, educators, and anyone looking for a road map to achieve their dreams and goals should read these books and then read the original version too.

The Success Principles

Both of the “Success Principle” books by Jack Canfield address how a person can live a confident life of passion and purpose while being confronted with daily obstacles. The teen version is easily digestible and packed with real life examples that are relatable to teens in an authentic way.

The book outlines how a teen can be successful in becoming a better:

  • athlete
  • student
  • starting a business
  • making money
  • finding guidance and direction

It serves as blueprint to success; however, in order for the principles to work, a person must be committed to practicing the principles in all their affairs. The adult version changed my life and it can change yours.  The teen version is a phenomenal book for all ages because it is more relatable to a wider audience…and it is a few hundred pages shorter.

Want to make quantum leaps forward? Attend Jack Canfield’s next Breakthrough to Success seminar.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Likewise Stephen Covey’s step-by-step approach to living a principled life can be found in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Years later Sean Covey, Dr. Covey’s son, authored The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Much like his father’s book, Sean provides a step-by-step guide to creating a better self-image, dealing with friends and relationships, confronting peer pressure, creating goals, and much more.

The habits that the book addresses can be place in one of two categories, The Private Victories and The Public Victories.

The Private Victories (Inside First)

  • Being Proactive– I am the force: Take responsibility for your life.
  • Beginning With The End In Mind– Control your own destiny or Someone Else Will: Define your mission and goals in life.
  • Putting First Things First– Will and Won’t Power: Prioritize, and do the most important things first.

The Public Victories (Outside Second)

  • Think Win-Win– The Stuff That Life Is Made Of: Have an everyone-can-win attitude.
  • Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood– You Have Two Ears and one Mouth: Listen to people sincerely
  • Synergize – Work together to achieve more
  • Sharpening The Saw – It’s “Me Time”: Renew yourself regularly

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Robert Kiyosaki is a self made billionaire and the 21st Century financial guru.  His first book, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” is the New York Times #1 Bestseller.  The books tag line is “What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money – That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!” That says it all right there.

Wealth is not just a state of mind, it is easy and basic information that comes common sense the minute you read it.  The teen version helps teens to start young with building wealth.  Create good financial habits early and live a life your entire family could never dream of.

The teen version is filled with “Secrets About Money – That You Don’t Learn in School!”  I do not know why this book or any other Robert Kiyosaki book is not used in school.  If you are a teacher at any level, read these books and find a way to implement them in your class, even if you are a foreign language teacher or english teacher.

I would give anything to go back to high school and find a teacher who taught these topics… but the school system will never adopt information like this. You’d become “uncontrollable” because you’re doing what you desire rather than what you’re told.

The Slight Edge

The Slight Edge  by Jeff Olson is all about doing what is right at every step of the way.  The teen version, written by SUCCESS Magazine Editors has a lot of real life stories of teens who turned their life around by taking small steps every chance they get.  Do not be a small minded thinker and believe that your life will instantly change.  Think of it this way:

  • When you work out, do you expect to have all the muscles you want by the end of the day? No, it takes months of doing it every day!
  • When you go on a diet, do you expect to lose all your weight within one healthy meal? No, it means that every time you eat you have to make that positive choice to not eat the garbage your use to and eat healthy EVERY TIME!

All the information for living a life of passion, purpose, and success are readily available to those who seek it. However, reading is just the start. The magic happens when you begin applying these simple principles to your daily lives.

Knowledge is NOT Power

The saying “Knowledge is Power” is a lie. There are a lot of people out there who are more knowledgeable than the rest of the world but amount to nothing.  Knowledge is only POTENTIAL power.  It is what you do that makes everything you know relevant.  Here is a new saying that will help you acquire every desire that you can fathom:

Knowledge is POTENTIAL Power – Action is REAL Power”

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