Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success

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Are some people born to achieve anything they want while others struggle? Call them lucky, blessed, or possessors of the Midas touch. What is the real reason for their success? Is it 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.

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Overview

Are some people born to achieve anything they want while others struggle? Call them lucky, blessed, or possessors of the Midas touch. What is the real reason for their success? Is it 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.

Most people are never prepared to deal with failure. Maxwell says that if you are like him, coming out of school, you feared it, misunderstood it, and ran away from it. But Maxwell has learned to make failure his friend, and he can teach you to do the same.

"I want to help you learn how to confidently look the prospect of failure in the eye and move forward anyway," says Maxwell. "Because in life, the question is not if you will have problems, but how you are going to deal with them. Stop failing backward and start failing forward!"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785288572
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/3/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 43,070
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Maxwell is a #1New York Timesbestselling 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 atTwitter.com/JohnCMaxwell. For more information visitJohnMaxwell.com.

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

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    To succeed, you must also know how to handle failure.

    As a high school counselor, I am, indeed, a big fan of Maxwell's writings. I am constantly using Maxwell's wisdom and insight to help students and myself. For those who want change in their lives and are motivated toward true success, it's important to know how to handle failure and spawn success from it. This book does exactly that!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2014

    Tackling The Fear Of Failure I as a student have always feared

    Tackling The Fear Of Failure

    I as a student have always feared failing a state exam, class test or even a quiz,
    and I needed to find a solution to alleviate this problem , as it was not only affecting
    me, but also my family, and fellow peers. Maxwell's advice cured my simple
     fear and guided me to the power of positive thinking. We use our mistakes to
    learn from our past and prepare us for the future. It's one thing to dwell over failure,
    and it another to take action and conquer the fear of failing. Reading Failing Forward
     has provided me with the wisdom to appreciate failure, and all of it's components.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    2GA2

    Wow, another question though, is Alora a male or female, that is all I am having trouble with; drawing the characters- 2GA2

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    The Secret of Castle Hill

    Chapter Three ~

    I shrugged, then turned back around and raced to the door. I yanked it open to see Jalock waiting impatiently on the doorstep.
    He was tall, muscular, with olive colored skin, long jet black hair, and strange black eyes.
    "Oh, hi Jalock." I stammered.
    Jalock stepped inside the house and looked around. "Your aunt here?" He asked.
    I shook my head slowly. "No, she went to visit Cora."
    "The cat lady?"
    "Yah."
    "What about your brother?"
    "He... he..." I couldn't say anything.
    Jalock looked at me and said, "What happened?"
    "Janred... he left to join the army." I murmured.
    "Oh."
    I didn't say anything. Jalock put his arm around my shoulder and led me to the living room, which was empty except for an old leather couch and a broken TV.
    I flopped down onto the couch and Jalock sat down beside me. I could tell he wanted to say something.
    "Look, this might be hard for you but..." He began, looking at the dusty wooden floor.
    I glanced at him, wondering what he was going to say.
    "But... I'm thinking about, well, going off to join the army as well." Jalock said slowly.
    For a moment I was silent. Then I leaped to my feet, eyes blazing, and said, "You can't! You just can't!"
    "Alora..."
    "No! First Dad went to war, then Alya, now Janred... I can't loose you too!"
    "Alora, it doesn't have to be like that. You could come too."
    I was shocked.
    "Me?! Me go to war?!" I gasped.
    Jalock nodded. "You'd be an excellent warrior. You're sharp, talented, clever, a natural leader..."
    "But..."
    "Janred went to war, didn't he?"
    "Yes, but..."
    "You might see him again."
    "I guess..."
    "And we'd be together right?"
    I was silent. I'm not sure what to say. Almost all of my family, and friends, have drifted away since the war started, except Mom, who died of a strange illness. My father died. My best friend, Alya, who was also Jalock's sister, went to war and never came back. My other best friend, Dinara, moved away a few years ago to a safer place. Janred left for war earlier today. And now Jalock is going to war, too.
    "I don't know. What about Aunt Brolli? I can't just leave her. She'd freak out." I said.
    "She'd be fine! She and Cora get along fine, they could move into the same house or something. Cora doesn't have any kids, does she?"
    "But she does have all those cats."
    "Yah, well, your aunt likes cats, doesn't she?"
    "I guess so."
    "Come on, Alora! It will be fun!"
    War, fun?! I don't think so.
    But then I thought about Janred.
    "I suppose..." I began.
    "Good, let's get started." Jalock interrupted.
    "Jalock... I need sone time!" I snapped.
    "Okay, I understand." He sighed. "I'll meet you tonight."
    "When?"
    "Around midnight, at your window."
    "Okay."
    "I'll see you there." He said, getting up.
    "You're leaving?" I asked, following as he headed for the door.
    "For now." He said.
    "I'll see you later."
    "Bye."
    The door slammed shut behind him. I turned around and nearly fell over with fright.
    "Logas!" I gasped. "You scared me!"
    "Sorry." He said softly.
    There was silence.
    "Alora, are you sure you know what you're doing?" Logas asked, and I knew he had overheard our conversation.
    I didn't know what to say.
    "I don't know, Logas. I really don't know."

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Great book

    This book is a must for everybody, learning to fail is as important as to succeed,
    John Maxwell is a master in communication.

    Success and Happiness

    Jose Antonio

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2003

    Wonderful concept!! A Must Read for All.

    Excellent read!! I highly recommend this book to everyone regardless of their current successes. It is an eye-opener and will help individuals maximize their personal growth by overcoming personal fears of failure. This has given me great inspiration for my profession.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2002

    GREAT CONCEPT

    I loved this book. I actually bought it for my husband after seeing this guy on a talk show. I ended up reading it, and it made a big difference in my life. It inspired me to write my own book, which I'm working on with my sister. This book should be given to High School students to prepare them for life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2001

    From a Struggling Forward Failer to Another

    'A failure is a failure, because he fails to fail.' These are my words, but Maxwell makes you feel good about failing...forward. This book encourages you to keep taking risks, for inevitably, you will one day succeed. All successful people have failed at least a hundred times before they achieved their dreams. Read this book and let it send you soaring to new heights of failing...forward!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2001

    Life Changer

    This book has canged my life and the way I see things. I always saw failure as and end but now I know that it is only means to an end. Any young persons who wants to be in control read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2000

    Try it you'll like it.

    We have become in someways accustomed to a Internet-speed success culture. Making it means a lot of things to a lot of people. In Maxwell's Failing Forward, 'it's all net...swoosh.' Maxwell seems to hit the ground running with this one. He continues to improve his craft and the timeliness of this is great. Who wants to be a millionaire mentality has cut across the country, and Maxwell provides a lucid editorial focus that keeps his reader moving straight ahead toward achieving and appreciating the meaningful. Good job Max!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2000

    Refreshing!!

    This book is pure John Maxwell! Dealing with failure is an inescapable portion of the human existence. The question if not whether or not we will fail...the question is how will we recover - and propsper - from failure. Maxwell examines failure from this perspective. Imagine being given permission to fail! Now imagine being able to put that failure into a healthy perspective and move forward from there! I thought enough of this book to buy two additional copies for my two children in college! I will encourage them to read - and assimilate - the timeless principles in this book.

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