7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens - Paradigms and Principles

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According to the text, which expert made the statement 'There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home'?

Kenneth Olsen

Who famously rejected the Beatles, stating 'We don’t like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out.'?

Darryl F. Zanuck

Which expert said 'Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value'?

Marshal Ferdinand Foch

Who stated '[Television] won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night'?

Darryl F. Zanuck

What is the main theme of the text?

The importance of maintaining a positive self-image

How did Prince Louis handle the intense temptation he faced?

He did not succumb, maintaining that he was born to be a king

What does the example of Becky illustrate in the text?

The impact of gaining new information on one's perception of others

What does the anecdote about the young man at the airport serve to illustrate?

The significance of empathy and understanding towards others

What is a paradigm according to the text?

A way people perceive things and their point of view or belief

How did Linda's participation in the talent pageant affect her?

It led to a shift in her self-perception and personal growth

What is the effect of negative self-paradigms according to the text?

They put limitations on individuals

How does the text describe paradigms in relation to how we see things?

As glasses that affect how we see things

What is the main focus of the text?

The benefits and limitations of different life-centers

What does the author caution against in the text?

Being overly focused on possessions

What does the author suggest about different life-centers?

Each life-center has its benefits and limitations

Which of the following best summarizes the author's advice?

Challenge limiting beliefs and be open to change

What is the main alternative life-center concept introduced in the text?

Being principle-centered

Which analogy is used in the text to explain the idea of natural laws or principles governing the human world?


According to the text, what will breaking principles ultimately lead to?


Why does the text emphasize the importance of hard work as a principle?

To illustrate the consequences of faking abilities

What does the text acknowledge as a challenge in living by principles?

Temptation and observation of others who break them and still succeed

According to the text, centering one's life on someone can lead to:

unstable relationships and constant breaking up and getting back together

What does the text suggest about being school-centered?

It can become unhealthy if one becomes overly ambitious and obsessed with perfect grades to the detriment of overall well-being and enjoyment of youth

Based on the text, what can living to please parents above everything else lead to?

Feeling worthless, unimportant, and out of control

What does the text imply about sports- or hobbies-centered life?

It is important to maintain balance and not let any one thing become the sole focus

Study Notes

  • The more one centers their life on someone, the less attractive they become due to lack of independence and potential dependence on that person for emotional security.
  • Centering one's life on someone can make relationship unstable and lead to constant breaking up and getting back together.
  • School-centeredness, while important, can become unhealthy if one becomes overly ambitious and obsessed with perfect grades to the detriment of overall well-being and enjoyment of youth.
  • The real purpose of school is to learn, not just to achieve high scores or grades.
  • Living to please parents above everything else can lead to feeling worthless, unimportant, and out of control, and it is important to find one's own center to live a fulfilling life.
  • Other possible centers of one's life include being sports- or hobbies-centered, but it is important to maintain balance and not let any one thing become the sole focus.
  • Anonymous' experience of being attracted to someone who did not center their life on him, and his wife's independence, made her more attractive to him and contributed to a healthy, long-lasting relationship.
  • Lisa, a school-centered teenager from Canada, regrets having been so ambitious and school-centered that she didn't enjoy her youth and missed out on valuable experiences.
  • The young girl from Louisiana shares her experience of trying to live her life to please her parents and feeling worthless, useless, and unimportant as a result, and how she ultimately found her own center to live a fulfilling life.

Test your understanding of paradigms and perspective shifts with this quiz. Explore how people's perceptions and judgments can change when confronted with new information or experiences.

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