We are all living in a very fast-paced and competitive world.


There are so many different kinds of jobs to choose from and of course, lots of people applying for all of the jobs that you are or will be. To be the successful applicant and to have the most dynamic career imaginable, there are habits that you must adopt and maintain consistently. To rise above the crowd and stand out, it’s all about how you present yourself, your attitude, your actions and what you can offer to your employer and workplace.

Sean Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, declares that there are 7 habits, that if adopted and maintained by teenagers, make them a force to be reckoned with and lead them along the pathway to having a career they will love.

So what are habits you may ask?


Well habits are anything that we do repeatedly. We often do them automatically, without even thinking or noticing that we are doing them. For example, which way do you fold your arms? Right arm over the left arm? Or left arm over the right arm? Do you have a shower in the morning or in the evening? Or both? Do you listen to music to go to sleep? Do you exercise regularly?

Our habits can either make or break us.


They can be positive or negative. They can promote success, fulfilment and happiness or they can leave us feeling disengaged, unrewarded and unsuccessful. The good news is, we can break habits that do not reflect our values or that hold us back in life if we want to. It takes 30 days to break a habit and it often requires hard work, patience and persistence to do so.

To be ahead of the pack as a teenager and aiming to have a career you will love, it’s important that the following 7 habits from Sean Covey become part of who you are and who you choose to be in life on a consistent basis. You can have what you want if you choose to be and do these habits.

The 7 habits of highly successful teenagers are:


Be proactive

  • Take responsibility for your own life
  • Make positive choice and decisions
  • Be accountable for your own actions
  • Take action – have a go – stretch your comfort zone
  • Be prepared to make mistakes and learn from them
  • Pause first, think, then act
  • Be in control of your life

Begin with the end in mind

  • Know what you want to achieve
  • Set goals for yourself
  • Make a plan – plan each week – take steps to achieve your goals
  • Define/know your mission life
  • Have an outcome/end result – then take steps consistently to make it happen

Put first things first

  • Prioritise
  • Do the most important things first
  • Plan when you will complete the most important things
  • Complete a weekly plan – plan each week on a Sunday

Think win-win

  • Have an everyone can win attitude
  • Encourage others to succeed and reach their goals
  • Believe that everyone can be a winner
  • Understand that if everyone is winning (achieving their goals/outcomes) then you are winning too.

Seek first to understand, then to be understood

  • Listen politely to others
  • Have empathy – listen and understand what other people are saying. Put yourself in their shoes
  • Wait before you respond
  • Only respond when you really know what the person has said


  • Cooperate and collaborate
  • Many hands make light work
  • Many heads means diverse thinking and ideas

Sharpen the saw

  • Renew yourself regularly
  • Look after yourself –eat healthily, exercise, get enough sleep, educate yourself continually, take regular breaks and notice what you are doing well
  • Continue to grow as a person – learn, experiment, experience and reflect

If you take on these 7 habits as a teenager or even as an adult, you will notice more success, fulfilment and happiness in your life almost immediately. And some more good news for teenagers – you are learning about the habits before you even finish school and officially become an adult. So, you are in front already.

Think about your current habits. Review your habits. List the habits that are proactive and positive. These are the habits you need to keep. Now list any habits that are holding back and preventing you from being all that you can be. These habits need to be changed or abandoned so that you can achieve the success you deserve.

Lou Campbell

Lou Campbell

Career Consultant at The Career Consultant
Louise is a Career Consultant who specialises in working with professional women. She’s all about working with professional women on career growth, sustainability and change.
Lou Campbell
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