The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

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I have recently read the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by the author Sean Covey (son of Stephen Covey). I’ve organized my takeaways as either notes, quotes, or questions to help start discovering more about oneself.


Different options for principles that people focus on:

  • enemy
  • hero
  • self, parent, boyfriend/girlfriend/significant other, friend
  • school, work
  • stuff (materialistic)
  • sports, hobbies

Everyone should be principle centered. What does that look like? Focusing on one or more of these (making sure there’s a balance): honesty, service, love, hard work, respect, gratitude, moderation, fairness, integrity, loyalty, responsibility.

It’s difficult to complete a puzzle without a guiding picture (typically found on the cover of the puzzle). That same idea applies in real life, that’s why it’s important to “begin with the end in mind.”

New beginnings are incredibly helpful, especially when it comes to gaining inspiration/motivation to start improving your life. It can be anything from:
- A new school year, or a new year in general
- Breaking up or Starting a new relationship
- Moving (new home, going to college, etc)
- Or as simple as a new day :)

Work on self promises & discipline for example:

  • “I’m going to get up at 6am tomorrow.”
  • “I will drink a glass of water this morning.”
  • “I will do ___ by ____ o'clock ”

Take responsibility for everything happening in your life.

Imagination is key: “I can envision new possibility”

It takes 30 days to create / make a habit


“Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.” — Shakespeare

“Just as a compass always points north, your heart will recognize true principles.”

“It is impossible for us to break the law. We can only break ourselves against the law.”

“The real tragedy is the tragedy of the man who never in his life braces himself for his one supreme effort — he never stretches to his full capacity, never stands up to his full stature.” — Arnold Bennett.

“Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all” — Whitney Houston

“Life is anything but stable.”

“If who I am is what I have and what I have is lost, then who am I?”

“Proactive people make choices based on values. They think before they act.”

“Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else” — Judy Garland

“Character is the discipline to follow through with resolutions long after the spirit in which they were made has passed.”

“Most of us will never do great things. But we can do small things in a great way.” — Maren Mouritsen

“We all need a place we can escape to a sanctuary of some sort, where we can renew our spirits.”

“It’s hard to be depressed while serving someone else.”

“Even though I was spending long hours practicing, I wasn’t truly committed. I was holding back and I knew it.”

“If you don’t do your homework, you won’t make your free throws.” — Larry Bird


Would you want to marry someone like yourself? If not, fix it.

  • What talent do you want to develop this year?
  • How do you get there?
  • What talents do you admire?

Are your paradigms helping or hindering you?

  • Do you have a clear picture of who you want to be one year from now?
  • Deciding what your values are and setting goals?
  • What is your character?
  • What are you good at?



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