Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My Life In Quotes

I have recently finished "The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey through Habit 6. Only one more Habit to go! Yay! :) I titled my post "My Life In Quotes" because I have a tendency to relate my life to quotes I find, and since this book is filled with them, I have found many I can relate to or like.

Looking back at all of the quotes throughout the book, the quote by Basketball Olympian Deborah Miller Palmore, found in Habit 6, has come to be my favorite so far. In this quote she said, "Even when you've played the game of your life, it's the feeling of teamwork that you'll remember. You'll forget the plays, the shots, and the scores, but you'll never forget your teammates."

Habit 6 is about synergy and working well with others. I can relate to this quote because I play basketball. I know how well you have to work with others in order for the game to be successful. One person cannot be too conceited in thinking they are going to be able to win the game by themselves. Basketball just does not work that way. The game takes a little work from everyone. That feeling of teamwork just gives me a rush in knowing I had others to help me. I will never forget any of my teammates, but I may not always remember the stats of the game.

Life is the same way. Working with other people just makes tasks easier because everyone helps in the success. You are not in this alone. When something is too hard for you to finish by yourself, someone is out there who is willing to help you. Take advantage of the help because tasks are a whole lot easier to complete with the help of others.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


I have recently been reading Sean Covey's The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens and have completed the book through Habit 4. I have already learned a lot from each Habit I have read. I can agree that this book can help in being a guide for teenagers looking for more success in their lives. The book is filled with many interesting anecdotes and quotes, ones that relate to each Habit, that I can connect with and that give me a better understanding of each Habit. Habits 1-3 teach teenagers how to deal with relationships with themselves, while Habit 4 teaches teenagers how to deal with their relationships with others. Here is a quick overview of the Habits I have read:

  • Habit 1 simply teaches teenagers to be proactive. This means they should take responsibility of their own life and live it to the best of their abilities without making choices that they will later regret. In other words, Habit 1 means only the person can live their life, so they should live their life to the best of their abilities.
  • Habit 2 teaches teenagers to begin with an end in mind. This explanation is clear. Teenagers should know what they are doing before they start doing anything. If not, they will get lost and not know what they really want out of what they are doing.
  • Habit 3 teaches teenagers to put the most important tasks first. This Habit tells teenagers they need to become "The Prioritizer" and learn how to fit everything they need to do into an organized schedule, one that fits their lifestyle.
  • Getting into the relationship with others part of the book, Habit 4 teaches teenagers to think win-win. This means that everyone involved wins. No one feels like they did not get their way or feels inferior to the other. Teenagers are able to do this through first getting secure with themselves and then working to avoid competing and comparing, "The Tumor Twins".

After reading Habits 1-4, I am ready to see what the rest of the Habits, Habits 5-7, have in store for me.