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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.
About the Author
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 Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell. For more information visit JohnMaxwell.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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'
Like many of his self-help contemporaries, Maxwell use lists to outline his ideas. Also like the other books on the "how to live life better" are inspiring anecdotes of famous success stories, like Mary Kay Ash and Truett Kathy. It sounds like an Amway sales seminar.
Where I think this book is different is that Maxwell feels free to acknowledge failure as a given. Rather than pretending failure is a negative attitude, he unpretentiously says failure should be embraced. It is part of the risk process.
Failure, Maxwell contends, is part of success. His play on words "failing forward" instead of "falling forward" is means more than to bring a smile. Like a running back in football, tackled hard by a player much bigger, will try to use the momentum of falling to reach the football another foot or two into the end zone. If he fell backwards, he loses a yard. If he falls forward, his team gets a touchdown. That is more or less Maxwell's thesis in the book.
I fully recommend "Failing Forward: How to Make the Most of Your Mistakes" by John Maxwell.
He mentions that anything you do, you going to get results. If you don't get the results you want, you learn and change.
Ok, that is a great message. But, I didn't need an entire book to figure that out. I was hoping for something more on the subject, but I felt that what I got was reiterations of the same theme for 200 pages.
Most recent customer reviews
Well written book all about overcoming failures and putting them in perspective. It's a very easy read that keeps you entertained.Published 10 months ago by Tyler
Found it overall too repetitive... Maybe I just got the idea after chapter 1... Maybe I was looking for something different.. But it didn't meet my expectations.Published 12 months ago by kv010101
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 morePublished on March 27 2014 by Horace McPherson
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 morePublished on March 6 2014 by Cheryl
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 on March 6 2013 by Amazon Customer
Nice CD; a lot of suggestions adding to personal experience. Will also be good to re-listen in a couple of months.Published on March 3 2013 by Denis Prémont
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