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It seems that some people are born to achieve anything they want. Some would say they are lucky, are blessed, or have the Midas touch. But what truly is the reason for their success? Family background, wealth, greater opportunities, high morals, an easy childhood? New York Times best selling author John C. Maxwell has the answer: The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.

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

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  • Francine
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • 03-12-04

Life-changing perspective

To some of you, this book might be basic stuff but for me this was life-changing. I find myself listening to it over and over. I am hoping that the concepts will finally sink in. Until about a year ago, I really had never truly failed. When I finally did, I handled it in the worst way possible. I pretty much did everything that the author tells you not to do. I ended up making the situation way worst than it was originally. When I listened to this book, it was like a wake up call. I only wished that I had come across it earlier.

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  • Mike
  • West Jordan, UT, USA
  • 01-08-04

Fairly Good

Good listen about failure and changing your perspective in relation to it. The focus of the book is failure is actually a good event. However, this is abridged and it shows. Many chapters are barely mentioned. It felt like you were rushed through the book.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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very motivational

If you could sum up Failing Forward in three words, what would they be?

very motivational

What was one of the most memorable moments of Failing Forward?

when it talks about starting to move again after defeat

Have you listened to any of John C. Maxwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

It made me want to look for more similar literature

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A must read!!

If you could sum up Failing Forward in three words, what would they be?

Inspiring, uplifting, motivating!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Failing Forward?

This whole book is memorable and I recommend it to everyone.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES!! I did!!

Any additional comments?

This book is one I know I will want to read (or listen to) many times.

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  • William
  • Atlanta, Ga, United States
  • 06-11-12

If at first you succeed, try something harder!

Loved this book. I need to read it once a year and need to make more mistakes!!

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  • Marianne
  • Copenhagen SV, Denmark
  • 04-03-11

Nice and encouraging

The concept of failing forward is nice and encouraging. But the book is storybased and the points mainly summarized by the phrase "try, try and try again". The stories told underline this point. If you just keep trying you will inevitably succeeded. It’s a bit annoying that the author doesn’t take into account that, because some made it through hardship and failure, some will not.

The book is very one-dimensional, focusing almost entirely on the goals such as earning money or/and recognition from the "outside" world.

It doesn’t discuss what our dreams and goals are made of. Perhaps some goals which you are failing to achieve could use some investigation. Perhaps the goals are not truly yours but put upon you by others/surroundings, or perhaps you have stopped believing in yourself making it (unconsciously) impossible for you to success. The book does thought, point out that your attitude toward your goals is important.

The superficial approach of the book makes it a bit uninteresting, extraneous and lengthy.
But the book is nice and encouraging. And on a long, lonely night with some recent failures troubling you, I'm sure it will bring you some pleasant comfort.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Abridged

This is the Abridged version and the editing isn't amazing. Would have liked to get the full version. Great message and philosophy!

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Best 3 hours this week

Would you consider the audio edition of Failing Forward to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the printed version. The way that Mr. Maxwell tells a story it would definitely be better to have the audio version. His voice and his ability to make you feel as part of his private group is great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Failing Forward?

The story of Dave was one of the most memorable parts. This gentleman started a couple places to eat and enjoy the atmospheres that you would be more than happy to take pictures of the place and proud to be in his creations.

What does John C. Maxwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His love for helping people. You can hear it in his voice. He is full of energy, yet he knows how to release it at the right times in the right amount.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Yes You CAN!

Any additional comments?

Have a few pieces of paper and a pen or pencil with you as you read this great book. Also share what you learn with your loved ones. It is not worth learning something if you don't apply it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL, United States
  • 03-21-12

Failing Forward

What made the experience of listening to Failing Forward the most enjoyable?

John Maxwell is long time inspirational speaker who addresses everyone at the lowest level of understanding. This book is important for anyone who has had difficulties in life.

What does John C. Maxwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His humor and candor at times throughout the reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Failing Forward

This book provides the listener with the tools to bounce back from all of the setbacks in life. Each setback can be devastating and demoralizing, however, having the proper tools can make the process easier. Listen with open ears and an open mind.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Rebekah
  • 07-05-17

Fuel for action! Brilliant 👏👏👏...

Wow! John Maxwell, does it again, with this book. Proof positive that failure isn't final!!!!

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  • Lindsay
  • 01-02-17

failure

so helpful and encouraging..christian or not - everyone should read it. loved the examples as it kept it real.