Inspiring Greatness in Youth

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by the CTL’s Laurie Hansen.]

If you are in education and you haven’t heard of the name Covey, it’s about time you have!  In his introduction video to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Sean Covey says at first some may exclaim “OMG!  Another self-help book!”  But Covey says his book presents his dad’s 7 highly effective concepts in a teen-friendly way.  Covey says it teaches “how to plan, take control, set goals, write a mission statement, get along with parents, plan for the future.”  In his book, he shares stories which are appealing to kids (and adults!).  We love storytelling!  Teens can even share their stories or read other stories from teens around the world!  And don’t miss the sections just for parents and educators!

Covey’s teen site features interactive tools such as The Voice Finder, which helps kids find their “life purpose” by uncovering talent and raising consciousness, and The Great Discovery, an activity that poses questions that will make a teen (and any adult, for that matter!) dig deeply.  For instance, it asks, “If you could spend an hour with any person who ever lived, who would it be?  Why that person?  What would you ask?”



2 responses to “Inspiring Greatness in Youth

  1. Laurie,
    It is so heart warming to see young people willing to ask the deeper questions about their lives. Raising our overall consciousness of who we are and what we are capable of doing (our life purpose) gives all of us great hope for the future. The Covey family are inspirations!


  2. Jonathan Groves

    Dear All,

    I cannot say anything specific about the content of the book itself since I have not read it. I’m not exactly the type of person who goes around searching for books on teen education since I do not teach teenagers or have any kids of my own, especially not any who are teenagers. I do find it odd that a book that is supposed to appeal to adult students has the word “teens” but not “adults” or “college” or other related words in the title. If I were an adult student looking for such a book or if I were looking for a book on helping adult students learn (as an adult educator), I would almost certainly ignore any books whose titles suggest that the books are about teen education only.

    Jonathan Groves

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