Rocks and Boxes and Framing up Life
I used to roll my eyes at self-help books, you know the ones, someone gets a theme going and a trend gets going that sweeps everyone away–at least for a time. Parachute colors, cheese moving, flat abs, beach diets, being okay. Yup, it’s all out there. And yes, some of these books have changed lives and have contributed to shifting paradigms. Then again, some of these books are momentary blips that end up at the Friends of the Library book sale six months later.
There is one book I do endorse, and in a recent conversation with a Gen Y‘er who talked about time management and how this book really helped him, I recalled the importance of re-introducing this book to my students. Here is the promotional video that drives home the point of getting priorities right:
Actually, that promotional clip comes from the first book, Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I use his son’s version, Sean Covey‘s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. He made points with my students with his approach and humor, and the best part is that many of them learned from his book. I would dearly love to meet up with them ten, maybe fifteen years down the road and find out if the book’s principles stuck with them. The theme of his book is framed (you’ll get the pun after the clip) well in this promo clip:
So, question for the day: what self-help books have worked for you?
- Middle schoolers learn ‘The 7 Habits’ of effective teens (kansascity.com)
- Never Be A Victim (jmdemma.wordpress.com)
- Stop Sweating The Small Stuff If You Want To Get Rich (businessinsider.com)
- Fifty Habits of Highly Successful People (jamkib.wordpress.com)
- Lesson in a Jar (uciepro.wordpress.com)
- The Four Quadrants of Time (czarto.com)