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John Maxwell
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April 10 2007
The major difference between achieving people and average people is their perception of and response to failure. John C. Maxwell covers the top reasons people fail and shows how to master fear instead of being mastered by it. Listeners will discover that positive benefits can accompany negative experiences-if you have the right attitude. Chock full of action suggestions and real-life stories, Failing Forward will help men and women move beyond mistakes to fulfill their potential and achieve success.

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The author of 24 books on maximizing personal and leadership potential, John C. Maxwell believes "the difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure." In Failing Forward, he offers inspirational advice for turning the difficulties that inevitably arise in life into stepping stones that help you reach the top. Noting that star performers are often those who aggressively push forward after encountering adversity, Maxwell shows how a variety of well-known and not-so-well-known people have forged ahead despite obstacles that could have derailed them. They include: Mary Kay Ash, who founded her cosmetics firm against enormous odds when the direct-sales company she toiled in for 25 years resisted her continued corporate climb; Truett Cathy, who lost two brothers (and business partners) in an airplane crash and experienced his own serious medical problems before establishing the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain; Greg Horn, who reopened his Kentucky grocery store just 21 days after it suffered $1 million in flood damage; and Beck Weathers, who lost his nose, half of one arm, and the fingers on his other in the infamous 1996 Into Thin Air Mt. Everest tragedy, but now takes a positive message of survival and conquest to audiences around the world. --Howard Rothman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books in fifty languages. Maxwell was identified as the most popular leadership expert in the world by Inc. magazine in 2014. He is the founder of the John Maxwell Company, the John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP. He can be followed at For more information visit

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5.0 out of 5 stars Failure is never final Jan. 1 2004
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This was is my first book by Maxwell, but it won't be my last. Maxwell mixes scriptures along with success principles and tells us that failure is never final. It's not how many times you fall, it's how many times you get back up and how much you learn from it.
Some people have called this a hookie-pookie superficial feel good book. I strongly disagree, except that I can do more by feeling good than by feeling lousy.
Maxwell is excellent. His words will inspire you but more than that, his words, when followed will instruct you as well.
Outstanding book. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Failure is Your Stepping Stone to Success! April 10 2004
John C. Maxwell brings a gift to all who have ever felt like a "failure" by the extraordinary examples of some of the greatest people that have achieved outstanding success, only to attribute that to their prior so-called "failures."
This book will help you USE the lessons you can learn from your experience. One of the most important aspects of this book is to NOT PERSONALIZE the experience, and take it into the core of your being, The KEY is to take "you" out of the failure, and look at it as another outward experience that will teach you much. It is most often that our deepest struggles are the very foundations for our greatest growths and triumphs. This book sets a model of clean ethics, taking responsibility, being PASSIONATE about what you are doing, because without passion, you might as well just stop - because passion is the driving force behind every success.
If you have been through the mill, and want to really be inspired about your experiences from some of the greatest people who have brought inspiration to others, then this book will give that to you. An excellent book for turning failure into genuine success. 10 Stars!
Barbara Rose, author of 'Individual Power' and 'If God Was Like Man'
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5.0 out of 5 stars An important nook about an important life issue Nov. 14 2003
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John Maxwell does a marvellous job of helping people to work through failure and move on. I am 53 years old and was recently laid off by an employer who told me that I was the best employee he had. I felt betrayed and would wake up every morning thinking of ways to get even (even though I knew I wouldn't act on them.) I was really hurt and couldn't get over it. A friend of mine suggested I read two books. The first one she recommended was this one and it really helped me to put things into perspective. Instead of moping around the house, I started looking through the papers and making calls to get job interviews. Yes, it got me going! The other book my friend recommended was Optimal Thinking: How To Be Your Best Self which helped me to understand that every situation (even a a situation I don't like) is an opportunity to be my best, and it showed me how to make the most of any situation. With books like these in the world, we never have to be stuck and we can really make the most of our lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well structured book of encouragement Nov. 4 2003
I have read a few of John Maxwell's books about leadership and found them all to be insightful. In fact, he is usually one of the first authors I recommend to anyone looking for a book about leadership. I particularly enjoyed this book because it brings a somewhat different perspective to failure - a practical one.
We all have heard the cliches about "staying the course", and "not giving up", but this book adds layers of details about failure that you will probably not find in other books. Maxwell goes step-by-step into the numerous facets that can determine the differenc between success and failure. Having finished the book, I am more inspired to get busy, and make things happen - even if it means failing forward a few times.
Also, I especially liked the fact that John Maxwell includes numerous stories about those who have failed (usually numerous times) before achieving their goals. The stories help illustrate the points he makes throughout the book, and prove that it takes determination, effort, hard work, and sacrifice to get through the obstacles that you will face while chasing your dreams.
I highly recomend this book to anyone interested in learning practical strategies for achieving your goals and dreams. The exercises at the end of each chapter will help put Maxwell's concepts into action for your own life. Good luck.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Encouraging Read Sept. 14 2003
Subtitled - turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones for Success- is a delightful and compelling read. Maxwell realizes that leadership involves taking risks, and taking risks will inevitably involve experiencing failure. The difference between successful leaders and the also rans, is that failure is never final for those who succeed.
There is really nothing new in this book. Each of us has probably been told a hundred times that failure is never final; the only problem is that we really do not believe it. The fear of failure can be paralyzing; and once experienced, it can destroy us. That is why Maxwells approach is so effective, the takes actual case studies of men and women who experienced failure and demonstrates how they were able to turn it around into success.
I would make this required reading in every Bible College and seminary. Too many pastors believe that failure is a sign that they had missed the will of God. So fearful are they of missing Gods will, that they will only move ahead if they are guaranteed of success. What the church needs is more magnificent failures in the pulpit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Failure is never final nor fatal
John Maxwell is my favorite author and this book is one of his many classics. In this book John puts a spin on failure to help you as the reader overcome any failure you may face... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Horace McPherson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great motivator
This is a great book for anyone looking to take a big step in their life, personal or business. You will be shown the steps on what failure can do for you and not be afraid to take... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be taught in high school
I wish I had learned this in high school. If I had only learned from the failures of my past earlier. Now I can go back and see what I can learn NOW.
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
Nice CD; a lot of suggestions adding to personal experience. Will also be good to re-listen in a couple of months.
Published 19 months ago by Denis Prémont
5.0 out of 5 stars enlightening
Who would have ever thought that failing is a good thing? I never did, until I read this book. Mr. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2011 by nicolle
5.0 out of 5 stars Failure is actually success in disguise
Failing forward - in this book John Maxwell, the disciple of risk, shows that failure is actually success in disguise.
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Published on Oct. 13 2003 by Wynand Meyering
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought so much obvious to light!
I have had a hard time in the past reading non-fictional books, but this book was easy to read and I have recomended this to numerous people! Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Maxwell!
I've read several books by John Maxwell, each one of which has been excellent. This latest read is no exception. Maxwell offers 15 steps here of how to make the best of failure. Read more
Published on June 12 2003 by David R. Bess
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