Maxwell says that if you are like him, you were never prepared to deal with failure. Coming out of school, he feared it, misunderstood it, and ran away from it. But he's learned to make failure his friend, and he can teach you to do the same.
Listen to everything by John C. Maxwell.
©2000 by Maxwell Motivation, Inc., a Georgia Corporation; (P)2000 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
As always, Maxwell does a great job at clearly covering a topic in an organized and easy to follow way. This is a great book for anyone who is in the trap of negative self-talk and can't quite seem to take themselves to the next level. It's also a great book for anyone who simply wants to give themselves a good re-charge of their optimism.
Maxwell gives 15 great ways to make failure become a stepping stone to success through viewing it differently. If you have recently suffered a failure and can't get out of the dumps, buy this and listen to it!
Although I fully agree on the concept of failing forward, I was quite dissappointed by the book. It is one long succession of stories of people who experienced difficulties, showed perseverence and finally got success. There are basically no pauses between Mr. Maxwell 15 (!) points, and I don't see them as very actionable either.
Additionally, I'm not sure I agree on Mr. Maxwell's understanding of success. Stories of people that work-work-work to get success, must give up something else (family life?), but that is not considered here.
Finally, the book isn't in any way scientifically based (like books from Dan Ariely or Malcom Gladwell) - everything is build on the stories, which to me, aren't very pursuasive. It's not surprising to me that you can find good stories of people who continue and continue and finally get success, but what about the ones that didn't find success? We don't hear about them.
So, if you consider this book, try the unabridged version - maybe it's more actionable and reflective - this one, was simply to shallow for me.
This book is full of metaphorical stories mingled with statistics. It provides lessons from failure and formulas to achieve success by using failure as a pathway towards it. I highly recommend reading and implementing its precepts.
Standard ideas from positive psychological roots. I liked it, though square shoulders and positive thinking are not always the keys to success, and people most often don't give up because the principles herein are lost upon them. Instead, the type A red, western greed, as a chief token of success is not invalid, it just is limited to those types of people. Personally, though I identify with the principles in this writ, I do not believe that any exercising of will, to a deliberate good, is key. Instead, Christ himself is key, and secularizing the gospel, in order to appeal to the widest audience is a position that promises what it cannot ultimately provide.
Still, in hopes that the forgetting of self will cause one to flow unto Heaven, I support the concepts herein, save only, the fact that the tone of the presentation will call upon the carnal ambition to "succeed" in promising wealth and empire, rather than smaller stewardships of smaller community style entrepreneurs; and for that, I shrug, and wonder at the state man.
This book was just a little bit fragmented in spots, however, there were some great principles that were definitely applicable. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Report Inappropriate Content