Friday, December 06, 2013

Life's Greatest Lessons Are Gained From Our Losses
By John C. Maxwell

OVERVIEW: When you're losing, everything hurts. What do you learn when you fail? While people are usually ready to talk about their dreams, they are not well prepared to answer a question about their shortcomings. Most people don't like to talk about their mistakes and failures. When they do find themselves falling short, they say something trite, such as "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose." The message is, "Hope to win, expect to lose, and live with the results either way."

What's wrong with that? It's not how winners think! Successful people approach losing differently. They don't try to brush failure under the rug. They don't run away from their losses. Their attitude is never Sometime you win, sometimes you lose. Instead they think, Sometime you win, sometimes you learn. They understand that life's greatest lessons are gained from our losses―if we approach them the right way. (From the back of the book.)

AUTHOR: JOHN C. MAXWELL is an international leadership expert, coach, and author who has sold more than 21 million books. He is the founder of The John Maxwell Company and EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained nearly 6 million leaders in 177 countries worldwide. Each year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, foreign government leaders, and diverse organizations such as the NFL, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the United Nations.

MY REVIEW: In this book Dr. Maxwell will help you realize that learning is not easy in difficult times but with discipline you can learn to do the right thing when things go wrong. He leads you in examining the eleven elements that constitute the DNA of learners who succeed in the face of problems, failure and losses.

Although I read and review many books I rarely read one that I feel everybody needs to read. But I can't think of anybody that would not benefit from reading this one. I agree with John Wooden's  closing words of his Foreword to the book: "These pages offer more than just a how-to-manual for getting through difficult times; they offer the most valuable gift of all: hope." And I also like what Dr. Ben Carson said: "The first time I met John Maxwell, I could tell that he and I shared the same values. He cares about people and he wants to help them. One of the best ways to do that is to teach people how to overcome failure and adversity. That ability turned my life around. if you read Sometimes You Win―Sometimes You Learn, you will learn that valuable skill. I highly recommend this books."

(I received this book from Hachette Book Group in exchange for a fair and honest review.)