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New York Times best-selling author John C. Maxwell shows that talent is just the starting point for a successful impact in any organization. It's what takes you beyond your talent that matters.

People everywhere are proving him right. Read the headlines, watch the highlights, or just step out your front door: Some talented people reach their full potential, while others self-destruct or remain trapped in mediocrity. What makes the difference? Maxwell, the go-to guru for ...

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New York Times best-selling author John C. Maxwell shows that talent is just the starting point for a successful impact in any organization. It's what takes you beyond your talent that matters.

People everywhere are proving him right. Read the headlines, watch the highlights, or just step out your front door: Some talented people reach their full potential, while others self-destruct or remain trapped in mediocrity. What makes the difference? Maxwell, the go-to guru for business professionals across the globe, insists that the choices people make?not merely the skills they inherit?propel them to greatness. Among other truths, successful people know that:

  • Belief lifts your talent.
  • Initiative activates your talent.
  • Focus directs your talent.
  • Preparation positions your talent.
  • Practice sharpens your talent.
  • Perseverance sustains your talent.
  • Character protects your talent. . . . and more!

It's what you add to your talent that makes the greatest difference. With authentic examples and time-tested wisdom, Maxwell shares thirteen attributes you need to maximize your potential and live the life of your dreams.

You can have talent alone and fall short of your potential. Or you can go beyond talent and really stand out.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400203581
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/18/2011
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 500,455
  • File size: 621 KB

Meet the Author

John C. Maxwell, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold 25 million books, is called America’s #1 leadership authority. In 2014, Maxwell received the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, and was named the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. and Business Insider. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP—have trained more than 5 million leaders in 188 countries. For more information visit


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Become Someone Who Gets Extraordinary Results
By John C. Maxwell

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2011 John C. Maxwell
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4002-0357-4

Chapter One

Belief Lifts Your Talent

The first and greatest obstacle to success for most people is their belief in themselves. Once people figure out where their sweet spot is (the area where they are most gifted), what often hinders them isn't lack of talent. It's lack of trust in themselves, which is a self-imposed limitation. Lack of belief can act as a ceiling on talent. However, when people believe in themselves, they unleash power in themselves and resources around them that almost immediately take them to a higher level. Your potential is a picture of what you can become. Belief helps you see the picture and reach for it.

More Than Just Great Talent

It has become an American sports legend. People call it the guarantee. At the time, it seemed like little more than an outrageous statement— bravado from a high-profile athlete whose team was the underdog before the big game. It occurred on January 9, 1969, just three days before the third world championship game of football, the first that was called the Super Bowl. And it was just eight simple words uttered by the Jets' quarterback, Joe Namath: "The Jets will win Sunday. I guarantee it."

That boastful statement may not seem remarkable today. Ever since the career of Muhammad Ali, bold statements by athletes have been commonplace. But people didn't hear those kinds of boasts from anyone playing in the upstart American Football League (AFL). The eight-year-old AFL was considered to be inferior, and in the previous two world championship football games, the AFL teams had been trounced. Most experts believed it would be many years before an AFL team could compete at the level of any NFL team. The NFL's Colts were favored to win this third championship game by 18 or 19 points.

Namath's guarantee might have seemed outrageous, but it was more than a hollow boast. It wasn't out of character for him either. Despite the fact that Namath was often quick to take the blame in interviews when the Jets lost, he always displayed a powerful self-confidence. He believed in himself, his team, and their ability to win the game. That ability to believe in himself was something that could be traced all the way back to his childhood.

Early Signs

Joe Namath always possessed athletic talent. He came from a family of athletes. His first coaches were his family members. John, his father, spent a lot of time showing him how to throw, hit, and field a baseball and teaching him what to do in various game situations. His brothers contributed too. His brother Bobby started teaching him the position of quarterback when Joe was only six. And brother Frank drilled him and pounded him if he didn't perform well in their family practices.

Growing up, Joe was small and light for his age. Sometimes people underestimated him because of that. When he was in elementary school, a group of kids from an even tougher neighborhood than his own challenged his friend Linwood Alford to a game of two-on-two basketball. Linwood and Joe showed up to play, and Linwood recalled, "They were all laughing like: who's this little scrawny kid? How you gonna win with this guy?" Joe might have looked like an easy kid to beat, but he wasn't. "You knocked him down, he got right back up," observed Alford. "Joe wasn't no pretty boy." Joe and Linwood beat the other kids and quickly earned their respect.

Joe had a certain fearlessness. He and Linwood used to go to a train trestle near their home, and they would hang from the trestle as the locomotive and its cars thundered overhead. But at first, that fearlessness didn't translate onto the athletic field. The key to unleashing the belief that lifted his talent occurred when Joe Namath was eight years old. He came home with his first team uniform for the Elks' Little League baseball team. Namath's biography recounts the exchange that occurred between young Joe and his father, John:

"That's real nice, son. Fits you good." Joey was the smallest kid on that team. He was the youngest, too, probably by a year. "You know, Daddy, those other kids are so good," he said. "They're bigger than I am ... I don't have a chance." "Well, you take that uniform off right now," his father said. "Take it back to the manager and tell him that you can't make the team because the other boys are better than you are." Joey looked at his father with those sad, dreamy eyes. "Oh, no, Daddy. I can't do that." "If you can't make the team, what's the use of keeping the uniform?" "But, Daddy," he said, "they're so good." "You're good, too. You can field grounders. You can hit the ball. You know where to make the plays." John gave the boy a choice: return the uniform or practice with the team. If, after the practice, he didn't feel that he was better than every other kid, he should quit. Joey said he'd try. As it happened, he turned out to be the best player on that Elks team.

The belief that John Namath tried to instill in his son was not misplaced. The father used to sum up Joe's Little League career by telling about a particular game that represented his son's ability. John arrived late and asked about the score from someone who was at all of the games. There were no outs, the score was tied at 3, and all and the bases were loaded. "But don't worry," the man said. "They just put the little Namath kid in to pitch." Joe got three quick outs, including striking out the opposing team's best player, a boy who was two years older than Joe (and who later played football at Pitt). Then when Joe got up to bat, he hit the winning home run.

Business as Usual

That kind of confident performance became the norm for Namath. As a high school basketball player, he was fast, he could shoot, and unlike most of his opponents and teammates, he could dunk. As a football player, he led his Beaver Falls team to win the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League championship. Before one of the games when Joe had a sore ankle, the confident quarterback, who also punted for the team, assured his worried coach, "Don't worry, coach, we won't have to punt."

Namath was heavily recruited out of high school, and some referred to him as the best quarterback in the country. He ended up at the University of Alabama, where he became a star and led the Crimson Tide to a national championship.

Entering the pros, Namath was again considered the best quarterback of his class. It's said that the NFL's New York Giants wanted him badly, but the AFL's New York Jets got him. Namath signed a contract in 1965 whose terms dwarfed anything previously seen in professional football—in any professional sport, for that matter.

For three years, Namath played his heart out, broke passing records, underwent knee surgeries, and led his team to losing seasons. But he never lost his belief in himself. He knew he could play and lead his team to victory. In the 1968 season, his fourth, he finally led his team to a winning season and a victory in the AFL championship. He didn't care that nobody gave the Jets a chance to win against the NFL team. He believed in himself and his ability to win. He also convinced his team. What most people didn't know was that Namath had watched hours of film on the Colts, as he did for every opponent. "The one-eyed monster—it never lies," Namath used to say, referring to the projector he kept in his apartment. He showed his teammates what he saw. They could win that game. And that's exactly what they did. The Jets beat the Colts 16 to 7. Most people consider it to be the biggest upset in Super Bowl history.

What would have happened to Joe Namath if his father hadn't challenged him to believe in himself and his ability when he was only eight years old? Maybe he would have ended up like his brothers, talented athletes who dropped out of high school or college to work in the local mill or machine shop. Or maybe he would have ended up a pool hustler. It's hard to say. But one thing is certain: he wouldn't have ended up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. It takes more than talent to end up there; it also takes belief.

Beliefs Worth Buying Into

I don't know what your talent is, but I do know this: it will not be lifted to its highest level unless you also have belief. Talent alone is never enough. If you want to become your best, you need to believe your best. You need to ...

1. Believe in Your Potential

Your potential is a picture of what you can become. Inventor Thomas Edison remarked, "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves."

Too often we see what is, not what could be. People looked at Joe Namath when he was young, and they saw a skinny, undersized kid. They looked at him when he was in high school, and they saw a kid who hung around with the wrong crowd and didn't do his homework. They looked at him when he was in the pros, and they saw a guy with bad knees. But he saw himself as a champion. If you could see yourself in terms of your true potential, you wouldn't recognize yourself.

When my daughter, Elizabeth, was in high school, she had a "glamour shot" taken of herself to give me as a gift. That was the rage at the time. A person would go into the photo studio and be made up to look like a movie star. When I first saw the picture, I thought, That's not the way she looks every day, but that's Elizabeth. That's truly her. Likewise, that's what it's like when you see and believe in your potential. If you were to see yourself as you could be, you would look better than you ever imagined. I just wish I could show you a picture of yourself with your potential intact.

Indian statesman Mohandas Gandhi said, "The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems." Closer to home, it would also suffice to solve most of our individual problems. We must first believe in our potential if we are to do what we're capable of.

Too many people fall far short of their real potential. John Powell, author of The Secret of Staying in Love, estimates that the average person reaches only 10 percent of his potential, sees only 10 percent of the beauty that is all around him, hears only 10 percent of its music and poetry, smells only 10 percent of its fragrance, and tastes only 10 percent of the deliciousness of being alive. Most neither see nor seize their potential.

Executive coach Joel Garfinkle recounts a story by writer Mark Twain in which a man died and met Saint Peter at the pearly gates. Immediately realizing that Saint Peter was a wise and knowledgeable individual, the man inquired, "Saint Peter, I have been interested in military history for many years. Tell me who was the greatest general of all time?"

Saint Peter quickly responded, "Oh, that's a simple question. It's that man right over there."

"You must be mistaken," responded the man, now very perplexed. "I knew that man on earth and he was just a common laborer."

"That's right, my friend," assured Saint Peter. "He would have been the greatest general of all time, if he had been a general."

Cartoonist Charles Schulz offered this comparison: "Life is a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use." What are we saving those gears for? It's not good to travel through life without breaking a sweat. So what's the problem? Most of the time it's self-imposed limitations. They limit us as much as real ones. Life is difficult enough as it is. We make it more difficult when we impose additional limitations on ourselves. Industrialist Charles Schwab observed, "When a man has put a limit on what he will do, he has put a limit on what he can do."

In If It Ain't Broke ... Break It! Robert J. Kriegel and Louis Patler write,

We don't have a clue as to what people's limits are. All the tests, stopwatches, and finish lines in the world can't measure human potential. When someone is pursuing their dream, they'll go far beyond what seems to be their limitations. The potential that exists within us is limitless and largely untapped ... When you think of limits, you create them.

We often put too much emphasis on mere physical challenges and obstacles, and give too little credence to psychological and emotional ones. Sharon Wood, the first North American woman to climb Mount Everest, learned some things about that after making her successful climb. She said, "I discovered it wasn't a matter of physical strength, but a matter of psychological strength. The conquest lay within my own mind to penetrate those barriers of self-imposed limitations and get through to that good stuff—the stuff called potential, 90 percent of which we rarely use."

In 2001, I was invited to Mobile, Alabama, to speak to six hundred NFL coaches and scouts at the Senior Bowl. That's the game played by two teams of college seniors who have been invited to participate because they are believed to have NFL potential. In the morning I taught from The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, which had just been published. And in the afternoon, I attended a workout session in which the players were tested for running speed, reaction time, jumping ability, and so forth.

One of the coaches in attendance, Dick Vermeil, chatted with me as I watched. At some point he said, "You know, we can measure many of their skills, but it's impossible to measure the heart. Only the player can determine that."

Your potential is really up to you. It doesn't matter what others might think. It doesn't matter where you came from. It doesn't even matter what you might have believed about yourself at a previous time in your life. It's about what lies within you and whether you can bring it out.

There's a story about a farm boy from Colorado who loved to hike and rock climb. One day while climbing in the mountains, he found an eagle's nest with an egg in it. He took the egg from the nest, and when he got home, he put it under a hen along with her other eggs.

Since he hatched among chicks, the eagle thought he was a chicken. He learned chicken behavior from his "mother" and scratched in the chicken yard along with his "siblings." He didn't know any better. And when he sometimes felt strange stirrings within him, he didn't know what to do with them, so he ignored them or suppressed them. After all, if he was a chicken, he should behave like a chicken.

Then one day an eagle flew over the farm, and the chicken-yard eagle looked up and saw him. In that moment, he realized he wanted to be like that eagle. He wanted to fly high. He wanted to go to the mountain peaks he saw in the distance. He spread his wings, which were much larger and stronger than those of his siblings. Suddenly he understood that he was like that eagle. Though he had never flown before, he possessed the instinct and the capabilities. He spread his wings once more, and he flew, unsteadily at first, but then with greater power and control. As he soared and climbed, he knew that he had finally discovered his true self.

Phillips Brooks, writer of the song "O Little Town of Bethlehem," remarked, "When you discover you've been leading only half a life, the other half is going to haunt you until you develop it." Not only is that true, but I'd also say this: Not reaching your potential is a real tragedy. To reach your potential, you must first believe in your potential, and determine to live way beyond average.

2. Believe in Yourself

It's one thing to believe that you possess remarkable potential. It's another thing to have enough faith in yourself that you think you can fulfill it. When it comes to believing in themselves, some people are agnostic! That's not only a shame; it also keeps them from becoming what they could be. Psychologist and philosopher William James emphasized that "there is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true self."


Excerpted from BEYOND TALENT by John C. Maxwell Copyright © 2011 by John C. Maxwell. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents


When Is Talent Alone Enough?....................1
1. Belief Lifts Your Talent....................11
2. Passion Energizes Your Talent....................31
3. Initiative Activates Your Talent....................47
4. Focus Directs Your Talent....................67
5. Preparation Positions Your Talent....................83
6. Practice Sharpens Your Talent....................103
7. Perseverance Sustains Your Talent....................125
8. Courage Tests Your Talent....................147
9. Teachability Expands Your Talent....................167
10. Character Protects Your Talent....................191
11. Relationships Influence Your Talent....................211
12. Responsibility Strengthens Your Talent....................235
13. Teamwork Multiplies Your Talent....................255
The Last Word on Talent....................273
About the Author....................283
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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    Wonderful Book!

    John Maxwell has done it again, this time grabbing me from the very first moment I cracked the book. This book is a great reminder and gives great motivation to help us reach what we can and were meant to reach. Many times it's just that 1 extra step, that one degree of difference that takes hot water and brings it to a boil.
    To say I have enjoyed this book is an understatement. I've found it especially helpful at this point in my life where I'm at a bit of a crossroads in my career and I've found it give me great tools in fine tuning my focus to see what I should maximize on and put my efforts in.
    In his book, Maxwell says,
    "I've discovered thirteen key choices that can be made to maximize any person's talent:
    1. Belief lifts your talent.
    2. Passion energizes your talent.
    3. Initiative activates your talent.
    4. Focus directs your talent.
    5. Preparation positions your talent.
    6. Practice sharpens your talent.
    7. Perseverance sustains your talent.
    8. Courage tests your talent.
    9. Teachability expands your talent.
    10. Character protects your talent.
    11. Relationships influence your talent.
    12. Responsibility strengthens your talent.
    13. Teamwork multiplies your talent."
    This book will not be put away in my bookshelf, but will be one that I will reading and rereading and studying so I can fully grasp and apply the wonderful points he covers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    Beyond Talent

    I love the way John Maxwell presents his book, "Beyond Talent". The language is simple and clear and the message easy to grasp. His book explains that having talent is not enough, you must work hard to develop your talent in order to become successful. The chapters each outline one of 13 factors to maximize a person's talent. Just reading the titles and blurbs of each chapter got me right there! I love the way he uses one main story per chapter to illustrate the lesson he brings out, it makes it so easy to remember and remind myself of this points. The topics covered are:

    1. Beliefs lifts you talent. It's called the guarantee. At the time, many people said it was just big talk. Not true. It was a mark of the confidence possessed by the person who uttered it. That strong sense of belief made him a legend and his team members champions. What could it do for you?

    2. Passion energizes your talent. Why would a barber receive a prestigious fellowship, be recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and be awarded an honorary doctorate? Hint: it has little to do with barbering and everything to do with his passion to change the world.

    3. Initiative activates your talent. No one can make the most of his talent in the midst of bureaucratic red tape, especially in the fallout of natural disaster. Right? You might be surprised. Because of its initiative, this company was able to do the seemingly impossible in a remarkable sixty-six days.

    4. Focus directs your talent. What do you get when you put two unfocused and inexperienced hunters in one of the most bountiful hunting regions in the world? Comedy! Learn where and how to focus your efforts so that you get much better results than these hunters did.

    5. Preparation positions your talent. How do you prepare for a trip to an uncharted area with unknown obstacles for which you must pack everything you'll need for more than a year? That was the challenge for this great adventurer. He was successful. This chapter will help you to be prepared for whatever challenge lies ahead of you.

    6. Practice sharpens your talent. Nobody gave Charles a chance. Even his own family expected him to fail. But instead of letting it bother him, he practiced. Soon he became the best in the world at his profession. He's been called the first person to become a name brand. His secret can become yours.

    7. Perseverance sustains your talent. What do you do when a decade-old dream dies? That was the question for Vonetta. She wanted to quit, but how could she? She placed her hopes in a new dream, and her perseverance took her through to the highest level. Find out where it can take you.

    8. Courage tests your talent. His courage was legendary. Churchill stood alone against the Nazis and inspired a nation to stand with him during World War II. His story and how he developed his courage as a young man may also inspire you.

    9. Teachability expands your talent. He may have been the most talented person who ever lived. At age twenty-six he was recognized as a master. But even greater than his talent were his curiosity and teachability. Those qualities elevated him from master to legend. Will they also elevate you?

    10. Character protects your talent. What is the greatest threat to your talent? Lack of resources? Training? Opportunity? No, lack of character. When this scientist cut corners and lied, he not only hurt himself-he let the whole world down. Learn how character can protect you.


    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    "Beyond Talent" went beyond my expectations

    This is another great leadership book from John C. Maxwell. The assumption he makes is that everyone is talented, so the difference is what you do with your talent, and it takes more than just pure talent to be successful. Like most Maxwell books, he does a great job of illustrating each point with stories from history, sports, and American culture.

    To take talent and become successful, Maxwell emphasizes the importance of hard work and preparation. Being intentional about developing the talent of an individual and those around him is critical to reaching one's potential.

    One of my favorite things about reading "Beyond Talent" is that similar to many books by Maxwell, he emphasizes the importance of character, teachability, and teamwork. These are non-negotiables for any leader trying to maximize trying to reach success and maximize his influence.

    This book is a good read, easy to work through with great quotes, stories, and one-liners. The pace is quick for each chapter, but the content is thorough and challenging. Each chapter concludes with reflection questions which make this book great for reading groups or mentoring young leaders.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    Want Success? You have to read this! - Beyond Talent by John C. Maxwell

    Ever wondered why others who have the same job as you are more successful? John C. Maxwell believes that you can make choices that will make all the difference; he gives 13 key choices that can maximize your talent and success in Beyond Talent. Five of the thirteen key choices include: (1) Belief lifts your talent. (2) Initiative activates your talent. (3) Focus directs your talent. (4) Preparation positions your talent. (5) Practice sharpens your talent.
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booksneeze, and one reason I chose this book was to learn more about leadership and build the chances of my success in life. When I read this, I felt that I had heard many of the ideas before while reading other leadership books or listening to speakers on the topic of leadership. However, I understand that it deals with principles that many people tend to overlook in life - developing the deficit that needs addressed using the principles discussed by the book. I really enjoyed reading the book due to its outline-driven format, which made it easy to find key points throughout the book. The outline-driven format also made it a quick read; I read it in a matter of hours. I would definitely recommend this book to recent graduates who want to know what it takes to reach goals and dreams.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    Beoming the Person Really Are

    BookSneeze recently provided me a complimentary copy of Beyond Talent by John C. Maxwell on behalf of Thomas Nelson Publishing. In Beyond Talent Maxwell claims that anyone and everyone has talent, it is a God-given gift. However, not everyone reaches their potential because they don't implement certain principles into their lives. Within 13 chapters he shows how to take your talent and strategize to reach success. A person must have belief, focus and passion invested in their talent. Maxwell uses a formula to become that person you want to be; "TALENT + ____________ =A TALENT-PLUS PERSON PUTTING THE TALENT-PLUS FORMULA INTO ACTION."
    This being my first John C. Maxwell book I was impressed with his eloquence, as well as the ease of reading it. Some authors can get wordy in their quest for professional appearance. He definitely comes across as a professional, but with humbleness. Most chapters were easily read in one sitting even with three little ones running around.
    As a busy mom reading is my solace. I always read with an eye opened to find anything useful as it pertains to my mothering. With this in mind I found great encouragement to foster my own growth as a mother, as well as knowledge to encourage my children's talents along the way. One of the most fascinating chapters in Beyond Talent was on teachability.Am I open to being taught something new? To me that summed up my life's quest to never stop growing. "If what you are doing does not in some way contribute to what you or others are doing in life, then question its value and be prepared to make changes." Life makes a lot more sense when we don't chase things of little importance. Only when we live as people of worth as God created us, does life make sense.
    Beyond Talent may seem at first glance only for the professional or those with a dream to climb the corporate ladder. Maxwell may be a leadership trainer/consultant/author, but we all use leadership skills in some arena. Every reader can walk away with an increased knowledge of how to reach their potential, but the question lies in who will strive to reach for their star?

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    Beyond Talent by John Maxwell - A must read!

    John Maxwell has done it again. In his latest offering, Beyond Talent, John opens the reader up to the idea that talent is merely a stepping stone, the first step in success. Why do some talented people succeed and reach great heights when others remain stagnant or fail? Why do two people with the same talents reach different outcomes? In a word....choice. John Maxwell has written countless books on business, leadership and economics and has sold more than 19 million books and there a reason for that...his ideas work....if you make the CHOICE to use what you learn. In Beyond Talent, he tells the reader that essentially talent is not enough, you must choose to utilize those talents to get on the path to success, to move forward, to progress. Talent alone is not's the choices we make and what we can add to our talents that make a difference. This book was a very easy read. That being said, it offered lots of ideas and insight that almost everyone can have at least one or two ideas they can come away with and institute into their own lives. This book is great for those already in leadership positions, those aspiring to have leadership positions and anyone who wants to use really take full advantage of their talents. It can be personal or professional. This would be great for book clubs and to discuss at office meetings as well. Highly recommend this book (but get your own because this one is staying on my shelf for future reference). Well written, John Maxwell. You've done it example of your own ideas of choosing to use your talents.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2011

    another good book from john maxwell

    What does it take to become someone who gets extraordinary results? We see a lot of talented individuals in the world right now and it may be easy to answer "talent" - but is it enough?

    In his book, Beyond Talent, John Maxwell says that it takes more than talent to become successful. Talent is nothing without something that will lift, energize, activate, direct, position, sharpen, sustain, test, expand, protect, influence, strengthen and multiply it. You can be extremely talented but without these essential things, you will not be able to reach your full potential.

    I had read John Maxwell's books on leadership and I'd say that I liked all of his books including this one. If you need a little push, a little motivation, let this book inspire you as you discover the choices that will take you beyond your talent.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011


    The path to success includes more than just talent. In this book "Beyond Talent" written by John Maxwell the reader is given thirteen factors necessary to take talent into the realm of achieving your goals.

    At the onset the reader is presented with an argument that talent alone is not enough to determine who will be successful. This is a very important foundation for anyone who wants to become all that is within him or her. After being presented with thirteen choices an individual makes that can help maximize his or her talent the book begins a systematic explanation of each talent.

    Each chapter gives a detailed study of one of the thirteen choices. Along with a definition we are given excellent examples of a successful individual who made the choice. In reading the book I found the principles which accompanied each choice very helpful.

    What makes "Beyond Talent" a book worth reading is the application process which is found at the end of each chapter. John Maxwell presents a series of questions that allow for a personal assessment. This personal assessment when combined with the content of each chapter will help the individual make the necessary adjustments in his or her life to move beyond just having a talent.

    For me this book has served as a personal "tune-up" and reality check. I enjoyed it and have learned more than I expected. I received a free copy of this book via Book Sneeze in exchange for a book review. For my readers: I recommend this book.

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