"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey

TITLE: The Habits of Highly Effective Teens

AUTHOR: Sean Covey

PUBLISHER: Fireside / Simon & Schuster


ISBN: 978-0743258159

PAGES: 272

Today I'll be hosting a school summer reading book club program at the East Orange Public Library and this book is on the district school summer reading list for high schoolers in East Orange, NJ.


I read the "parent" book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, years ago and this book has the same clichés as the original book, but I'm sure that as wildly successful as both of these books are, these common sense principles are what people need to hear. I'm interested to see what the teens thought of this book. It was very preachy, and I did cringe at a white man trying to give advice on overcoming race.....I mean, come on. But much of what he said was universal, and could be advice that anyone would give anyone, only these are things easier to say than to do - and particularly easier for a white male who's father is a best selling author, and probably lives within a level of comfort the kids who frequent my library will never know. What are the habits, at a glance?

  • Be Proactive - Covey encourages students to take responsibility for their own lives and their own actions. To stop blaming parents, their race, or whatever external factors, and be more of a go-getter. This is good advice. Advice anyone would give to anyone.

  • Begin with the end in mind - This is a strategy Covey gives to help teens keep in mind why they are working hard and not procrastinating - to set goals and keep them in mind when striving towards them.

  • Put first things first - Covey encourages teens to prioritize the things they have to do by keeping a planner... Every school gives a planner to students, so I'm not sure if schools read this 20 years ago and have made this a thing, but it seems kind of self explanatory to me, even though many teens are just not going to do it.

  • Think win-win - Covey encourages teens t