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‘The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens’ – Book Review

You might have read or at least be familiar with the book “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People”.

Now Stephen Covey’s son, Sean, has adapted his father’s New York Times bestselling book for teenagers.

In ‘The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens‘, Sean does a great job of making ‘The 7 Habits’ relevant to teenagers.

A friend of mine introduced the concept of ‘sharpening the saw’ to me many years ago. This concept was very new and almost counterintuitive to me at the time.

20 years later and I now realize how important it is to look after yourself first. Only then can you can do the best job possible.

In other words “We must never become too busy sawing, to take time to sharpen the saw.” – Dr. Stephen Covey

This book isn’t simply a revised version of the original. But rather a complete rewrite with many new examples and many different anecdotes.

Covey offers a simple framework for teens to:

  • improve self-image
  • build friendships
  • resist peer pressure
  • accomplish their goals
  • and appreciate their parents


He also helps teens face the new challenges of our age, such as‌ ‌cyberbullying‌ ‌and‌ ‌social‌ ‌media.

Teens really enjoy this book because it is packed with cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes. He also includes extraordinary‌ ‌stories‌ ‌about‌ ‌ real‌ ‌teens‌ ‌from‌ ‌all‌ ‌over‌ ‌the‌ ‌world.

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens is a wonderful starting point for teens trying to develop an active action plan based on what they want and are interested in.

Sean sets out a step-by-step guide to help teens get from where they are now, to where they want to be in the future. It helps teens apply the 7 Habits to the tough issues and life-changing decisions they face.

We all know that some teens might be a bit hesitant at first. So it might be helpful to read the first chapters together with them and discuss the issues as a family.

Allow them to really think for themselves and freely share their thoughts with you. This will help them figure out the life that they would like to live for themselves.

Sean speaks directly to teens. So after a few pages, you might find that they’re quite happy to continue reading on their own. They might come back to you to discuss certain issues or ideas that come to mind with you later.

The book has many examples of real stories from other teens. It encourages teenagers to be better versions of themselves. For example, they can volunteer to help someone, which encourages them to be less self centered and show more empathy towards others.

If your teen is struggling with motivation in school, this book might help give them some perspective and focus to envision where they want to be in future.

7 Habits is not just for children that lack focus. It is also an extremely useful tool for teens who love planning ahead and striving to be better in social situations and communication.

It is written in such a way that allows them to internalize and apply these habits to their own experiences.

Lastly, the book assignments are worth doing, so you might want to buy the workbook as well.

The 7 habits of highly effective people takes an inside out approach – it focuses on the character ethic rather than the personality ethic.

The 7 Habits are:

Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Please Note:

  • It is recommended that you order the paperback version. There is also a hard cover MINI version, which is tiny. Please make sure that you order the full size paperback version to get all the content we discussed.

Mini version of The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens

  • You can buy a used copy or a New copy. I would highly recommend buying a new copy as you might get an old copy with other people’s notes in it.
  • There are also Kindle and Audible versions available. So choose carefully which one you want to avoid disappointment in receiving the wrong version.
  • Parents are advised to read this book as well, as you may not agree with everything. There is mention of diets as well as an anecdote about racism that is perhaps outdated. So you might want to discuss this upfront with your child.
  • There is also a workbook companion to the book which is very useful


If you found this book helpful, you might also like “He’s Not Lazy” by Adam Price