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on August 12, 2002
Well, let me tell you where I am coming from before I start the actual review. I am 16 years old and I have two good hardworking parents that are always pushing me to be more "active" and join school sports and stuff like that. Well, not only do I hate playing sports, but I don't really relate to many of my peers so when my parents force me to play some sport or join some club I really hate it on more than one level. I don't merely hate being the worst on the team, I hate having to sit there and socialize with my peers also.
The organizational part of the book didn't do me a ton of good, basically because I am pretty well organized and I turn in all of my school work ext. Basically the reason I got this book was to read about the "comfort zone" and things of that sort, so possibly I could be motivated to like some of the activities my parents have forced me in to.
Some of the stuff I read in here is inspirational, and it helps me survive those practices/meetings that I really don't want to be at at all. This book never did actually make me LIKE these parental-forced ordeals, but again, the book helps me survive.
Downfalls? Well, there is alot of teen language in this book which is okay for the normal teen, but for me personally it gets on my nerves after awhile. Also, it is very difficult to read this book from cover to cover, but I cannot say for sure it is one of those books designed to be read that way. The book was only partially beneficial to me because of my extreme circumstances, but maybe if you like your peers a little more than I do, you'll get more out of it. "7 Habits" helped me out to an extent, and I am grateful for owning a copy of it
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on March 24, 2001
I've noticed that most of the reviews for this book give it either 1 star or 5 stars, but very few people seem to have mixed feelings about this book like I do. First of all, I think that "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" is both very powerful and well-written. It contains some very helpful advice that will come in handy some time or another in your life. However, some of the advice, such as the Relationship Bank Account, is easier said than done. I felt that many of Sean Covey's suggestions were facile in the sense that they were not things that I would do in real life. Covey seems to think that in order to have a good relationship with someone, you need to always be fishing for a compliment or nice thing to say. But in real life, "effective" people have a positive attitude, but aren't necessarily always dishing out compliments. People who over-compliment aren't always liked by everyone! Another thing about this book is that it should not be read in one sitting. I would say that it is best read about 5 minutes at a time... read one section, then put it down for the day and focus on implimenting that one section in your daily life. When you read several sections at a time, you tend to forget what you read at the beginning and you would definately have a hard time putting the first few habits to work in your life. Take the time to fill out all of the activities such as the "Baby Steps" sections in order to really help you put the book into practice. Lastly, I want to say that since reading this book, my life hasn't changed all that much. I'm not more effective... I'm not liked more or liked less. One thing that I found when I read the book was that I was already trying to do many of the things mentioned! I've tried putting some of the other habits into practice, but I fail to see how they are improving the quality of my life. If you're happy with your life as it is, I would pass on this book... the content person does not need self-help. But if you're not happy with your life or if you want to become a more positive person, you'll probably find this book very helpful. One last note... older teens would probably get more out of the "adult" version, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", since Covey uses language that is overly simple and trite at times, but the principles of both books are exactly the same.
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on February 21, 2002
Actually I had heard the book before, since many people say that it is very useful and famous book and they recommending me to read it. Some of my friends say that this book is very interesting and they like it very much, but for me it is not very useful, it is under my expectation.
The seven habits are
1. be proactive
2. Begin with the end in mind
3. Put first things first
4. Think win win
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
6. Synergize
7. Sharpen the saw
After hearing these seven habits, I think you may guess what the book is about and what the implications for author are. To my opinion, these habits are rather too general, actually many people already know the content of the 7 habit but what makes them to become successful, the key is whether they will change themselves. What makes teens determinate and willing to take action to change their habits to become successful people after reading this book, I think this book can¡¦t bring these ideas to the teens.
On the other hand, I like the baby steps and some golden rules in this book. Especially for these two ¡§learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all¡¨ and ¡§from there¡¦s a hole in my sidewalk by Portia Nelson. There are five stages for this story:
The first is ¡§I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost¡KI am helpless. It isn¡¦t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out. Then to step¡¨ The third stage is ¡§I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in. It¡¦s a habit. My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.¡¨ The last stage is ¡§ I walk down another street.¡¨
This book contains a lot of interesting real life stories to share with readers. These stories are some ordinary real life stories, I think many teens may have same experience as the characters in the story so that they many have association with the author and it may stimulate their interest in reading this book. This maybe one of the selling point for the teens to read it, if you don¡¦t expect too much and you hate boring books, this maybe a good choice for you to share some interesting stories brought by the author.
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on April 24, 2000
This book is filled with useless information that most teenagers already ready know (ie. 'do the most important stuff first'!). If you are an unorganized teenager, this is not the answer. Might I recommend the sister book of this drivel, "7 Habits of Highly Effective People"? Even though this book is written for adults, we teenagers can get much more out of it than "7 Habits...Teenagers" has to offer.
But, if you are an absolute slob when it comes to works-in-progress, this book may just be the thing for you -- but you will quickly grow out of it!
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on June 24, 2000
Well I read this book twice for school and thought most of it was boring. I only enjoyed the little stories but for the majority i would not read this book again.
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on June 26, 2001
I think the original Seven Habits is not only more complete, profound, and instructional, but the reading level or style of it shouldn't really deter teenagers of average intelligence. The original Seven Habits is simple without being simplistic. Younger teenagers probably don't need to be reading books like these yet. Once they are grown up and have some sense of themselves and what their weaknesses and strengths are then they might have use for a book like this.
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