Book Review by Kinley Meislahn, a teenager.
This chapter book takes young teens on an extraordinary adventure. Sean Covey, retired teenager, and son of Dr. Stephen R Covey (author of the acclaimed 7 Habits of Highly Effective People), writes this book sharing his experience being a teen in the digital age. As Sean Covey puts it, “[it is] The Ultimate Teenage Sucess Guide” Let’s dig into more of what this book is about.
Sean Covey writes this book from his own perspective and that these 7 habits can develop teens to be more successful. When teens read this book, they can easily follow along with the steps and pictures to make it more clear. Covey really knows how to appeal to teens. He captures the memes and jokes and turns them into learning assets. Covey provides real experiences from teens and turns them into stories to help train the young mind. He provides multiple examples of teens that have used and mastered this book, and have excelled on many levels.
Along with that, he provides baby steps at the end of each chapter to help teens apply what they learned to real life. Covey makes this book very teen-friendly but at the same time incorporates the habits into fun. One example of how he does this is in Habit 2. Let’s take a look.
My favorite parts…
In Habit 2, Begin with the End in Mind, Covey provided an example of a kid who was very small, weak, and determined to gain weight. This kid started his journey with the end in mind. He knew what he wanted to achieve, he wanted to gain weight and be able to bench press 180 lbs. He drank protein drinks every hour, exercised, and tried everything. Long story short, he began his journey with the end in mind and ended up getting what he desired. As Napoleon Hill wrote, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, the hand of man can achieve.” This is just one habit that has personally stuck with me.
One other habit which I always keep in the back of my head is the third habit, Put First Things First. I believe that teens nowadays should know this one in particular because they are always on their phones and hanging out with friends when they have homework. They should put first things (like homework) first- before checking their phones.
So, who’s it for?
This international bestseller should be read by everyone, teens, or even adults. This book includes everything to help teens these days. Whether you’re knee-deep in trouble, into drugs, having family troubles, need help balancing your time, or whatever else you may be going through. Covey makes this book fun and easy to understand. As Michael O. Leavitt explains, “…teaches them the value of hard work, setting and achieving goals, and taking responsibility and initiative, all of which are characteristics of effective leaders”.
In Conclusion, The 7 habits are definitely a gem that I would recommend to anybody looking to re-direct their life. This book has made an impact on me for the better. I never knew how unorganized I was on the inside. The third habit, Put First Things First, has really changed me for the good. It has helped me to develop a routine and to finish my responsibilities in a timely fashion.
Covey ended his book with a quote, as will I, “You can’t make footprints in the sands of time by sitting on your butt. And who wants to leave buttprints in the sands of time?” – Bob Moawad.
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