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Overview

What’s the difference between a dreamer and someone who achieves a dream? According to best-selling author Dr. John Maxwell, the answer lies in answering ten powerful, yet straightforward, questions. Whether you’ve lost sight of an old dream or you are searching for a new one within you, Put Your Dream to the Test provides a step-by-step action plan that you can start using today to see, own, and reach your dream. Dr. Maxwell draws on his forty years of mentoring experience to expertly guide you through the ten questions required of every successful dreamer:

  • The Ownership Question
  • The Clarity Question
  • The Reality Question
  • The Passion Question
  • The Pathway Question
  • The People Question
  • The Cost Question
  • The Tenacity Question
  • The Fulfillment Question
  • The Significance Question

More importantly, Dr. Maxwell helps you to create the right answers, giving you principles and tips to so you can make good decisions and maximize every moment to achieve your dream.

Don’t leave your dream to chance. This book is a must-have and can make the difference between failure and success.

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  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/24/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 3.60 (d)

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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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PUT YOUR DREAM TO THE TEST

10 Questions That Will Help You See It and Seize It
By JOHN C. MAXWELL

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2011 John C. Maxwell
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4002-0040-5


Chapter One

The Ownership Question Is My Dream Really My Dream?

Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure that it is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure that it is what you feel. —T. S. Eliot

His father wanted him to become a policeman. After all, his father was the chief of police in the small town where he grew up. His mother had other ideas. She believed he should become a carpenter. She saw that he didn't have much interest or aptitude for academic subjects in school, and she wanted him to learn a practical trade. At her request, Arnold dutifully enrolled in a carpentry apprenticeship program while in high school, but his heart was never really in it.

WHOSE DREAM IS IT?

Many young people find themselves in this kind of situation when they are growing up. They don't know what they're good at. They don't know what they want to do. So they listen to their parents or friends and start in a direction for their lives that reflects someone else's desires and dreams, not their own. And that shouldn't be a surprise. Children first see themselves through the eyes of their parents and other role models. They have no other point of reference. Counseling expert Cecil G. Osborne, in The Art of Understanding Yourself, observes, "The young child has no clear picture of himself. He sees himself only in the mirror of his parents' evaluation of himself. ... A child who is told repeatedly that he is a bad boy, or is lazy, or no good, or stupid, or shy, or clumsy, will tend to act out this picture which the parent or some other authority figure has given him." Many young people lose touch with their emerging identity—who they are and what they would really like to do—and they adopt the dreams and desires of someone else's heart because they wish to gain approval or because they don't know what else to do.

How many people attend law school because that is what their parents want? How many get married to please their mother? How many get a "real job" instead of pursuing a career in movies or the theater? Anytime you see people pursuing a midlife career change, you can almost be certain they had been living someone else's dream and lost their way. As disruptive as such a transition can be, they are more fortunate than the people who never discover and pursue their own dreams.

Even encouraging, positive, well-meaning parents can steer their children in a wrong direction. I know because I experienced it in a small way when I was seven years old. My parents were convinced that I possessed musical talent. They bought a piano and signed me up for lessons. For a couple of years, I enjoyed learning and practicing. I didn't have a passion for it, but I kept playing because it brought joy to my mom and dad.

My parents decided to broaden my musical horizons when I reached the fifth grade, and they bought me a trumpet. My teacher informed them that my mouth was not shaped correctly for that instrument, so they switched me to the clarinet. A famous clarinet player named Ted Lewis had come from my hometown, Circleville, Ohio, so friends started saying, "Maybe you can become the next Ted Lewis!"

Not likely. I didn't even have enough talent to make first chair in my elementary school band. I was the last clarinet!

At that age I really wanted to play basketball. I can still remember the pressure and heaviness of heart I felt when I finally sat down with my parents to tell them that I wanted to give up music to play sports. I can also remember the exhilaration I felt as they let go of their dream for me to become a great musician. It was with great joy that I packed away my clarinet for good and picked up a basketball.

ARNOLD'S DREAM

Arnold wasn't sure of what he wanted to do, but he knew it wasn't law enforcement or carpentry. It wasn't for lack of trying to find his dream. He had ambition. In fact, one thing he did know was that he wanted to be the best in the world at whatever he chose. He loved athletics, but in his midteens, he still hadn't found the right sport. He had tried many: ice curling, boxing, running, and field events such as javelin and shot put. For five years, he played soccer but had no strong passion for it. Then one day his soccer coach asked members of the team to start lifting weights once a week to improve their conditioning. It was then that his dream began to take shape.

"I still remember that first visit to the bodybuilding gym," he recalls. "I had never seen anyone lifting weights before. Those guys were ... powerful looking, Herculean. And there it was before me—my life, the answer I'd been seeking. It clicked. It was something I suddenly just seemed to reach out and find, as if I'd been crossing a suspended bridge and finally stepped off onto solid ground."

At age fourteen, Arnold Schwarzenegger had found his passion in a gymnasium. His dream came just a few months later when he spotted a magazine in a store window. On its cover was the image of a bodybuilder playing the role of Hercules in a movie. Arnold remembers what happened next:

I scraped up the pfennigs [Austrian pennies] that I had left and bought that magazine. It turned out that Hercules was an English guy [named Reg Park] who'd won the Mr. Universe title in bodybuilding and parlayed that into a movie career—then took the money and built a gym empire. Bingo! I had my role model! If he could do it, I could do it! I'd win Mr. Universe. I'd become a movie star. I'd get rich. One, two, three—bing, bang, boom! I found my passion. I got my goal.

Not everyone understood Arnold's dream—certainly not his parents or the friends he grew up with. His father hoped it would be a passing phase.

"Well, Arnold, what do you want to do?" he would ask.

"Dad, I'm going to be a professional bodybuilder. I'm going to make it my life," Arnold would explain.

"I can see you're serious, but how do you plan to apply it?"

No one understood Arnold's choice, his dedication, and his vision.

"I could not have chosen a less popular sport," Arnold explains. "My school friends thought I was crazy. But I didn't care.... I had found the thing to which I wanted to devote my total energies and there was no stopping me. My drive was unusual; I talked differently than my friends; I was hungrier for success than anyone I knew." That's the power of a compelling dream. A dream is an inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will, and emotions, empowering you to do everything you can to achieve it.

Once Arnold had found a dream of his own, he was relentless in its pursuit. He began working out for hours at a time, six days a week. His dream was to become the best built man in the world. At age eighteen while he served his mandatory year in the Austrian army, he won the Junior Mr. Europe, his first major competition. The next year he won Mr. Europe. He moved to Munich and kept working. He obtained part ownership in a gym there. And in 1967, he won the Mr. Universe amateur contest in London. He was only twenty years old, and his victory astounded everyone. When he called his parents to tell them about his success, they were less than excited.

"If it had been through the local Graz paper saying I had just completed my college degree, it would have meant more to them," remarks Arnold. "In a way I cared that they didn't understand it. I felt they ought to have at least realized what it meant to me. They knew how hard I had worked for it.... I think you're always doing things for the approval of your parents."

Despite the lack of support for his career choice, Arnold went on to win every major bodybuilding competition in the world, including the prestigious Mr. Olympia contest an incredible seven times, the last in 1980. But becoming the world's greatest bodybuilder—an amazing accomplishment in itself—was not Arnold's only dream. Many people were shocked when he was able to turn his bodybuilding prowess into a successful movie career. Years later, they were flabbergasted when he ran for governor of California—and won. What most people didn't know was that Arnold had dreamed of such things since his early days in Austria. At age twenty, he told a friend, "I want to win the Mr. Universe many times like Reg [Park, his idol]. I want to go into films like Reg. I want to be a billionaire. And I want to go into politics."

Arnold has lived his dream. He became Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia many times. He's made many movies, with his films earning more than $1.6 billion! He's been a highly successful businessperson. Since the early days in the United States, he's been a disciplined saver and wise investor in real estate, stocks, and businesses. (He's not quite a billionaire yet; it's estimated that his net worth is only $800 million.) He is a political leader. Arnold Schwarzenegger has owned his dream, and as a result, he has been highly successful.

"From the very beginning I knew bodybuilding was the perfect choice for my career," says Arnold. "No one else seemed to agree—at least not my family or teachers. To them the only acceptable way of life was being a banker, secretary, doctor, or salesman—being established in the ordinary way, taking the regular kind of job offered through an employment agency—something legitimate. My desire to build my body and be Mr. Universe was totally beyond their comprehension." But it wasn't beyond Arnold's comprehension—or his ability to achieve it because he was able to answer the Ownership Question affirmatively.

A DREAM IS POSSIBLE ONLY IF YOU OWN IT

How do you answer the Ownership Question? Is your dream really your dream? Are you willing to put it to the test? In the name of being sensible, many people ignore their desires. They undertake a career to please their parents, their spouses, or others. That may make them dutiful, but it will not make them successful. You cannot achieve a dream that you do not own.

Think about your personal history. How have your plans, goals, and desires been influenced by others? Are you aware of how your vision for yourself has been impacted? Is it possible that your dreams are the result of ...

Who your parents think you are? Who others think you are? Who you wish you were?

Or are they the result of ... Who you really are and are meant to be?

It is the responsibility of every individual to sort that out for himself or herself. In fact, you will fulfill your dream and live the life for which God created you only after you figure it out. As Nobel Prize winner for literature Joseph Brodsky observed, "One's task consists first of all in mastering a life that is one's own, not imposed or prescribed from without, no matter how noble its appearance may be. For each of us is issued but one life, and we know full well how it all ends. It would be regrettable to squander this one chance on someone else's appearance, someone else's experience."

How do you know whether you're pursuing a dream that's not really your dream? Here are some clues to help you figure it out:

When Someone Else When You Own Owns Your Dream Your Dream It will not have the right fit. It will feel right on you. It will be a weight on It will provide wings to your shoulders. your spirit. It will drain your energy. It will fire you up. It will put you to sleep. It will keep you up at night. It will take you out It will take you out of your strength zone. of your comfort zone. It will be fulfilling to others. It will be fulfilling to you. It will require others You will feel you were to make you do it. made to do it.

When the dream is right for the person and the person is right for the dream, the two cannot be separated from each other. For something to truly be your dream, you need to see the possibility it represents—and you need to own it! Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard asserted, "A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it."

Ownership is the first vital step to fulfilling a dream. It is like the key that opens a dream to everything else. When you own your dream, don't you see it more clearly? When you own it, don't you rely on things you can control to achieve it? Doesn't your passion increase, and aren't you more likely to develop a strategy to achieve it? Don't you include other people in it and pay the price to achieve it? When you own your dream, don't you become more tenacious and fulfilled while pursuing it? Doesn't its significance increase? All the other questions about your dream are more easily answered in the affirmative once you take ownership for it.

I HAVE A DREAM, BUT ...

Most people don't live out their dreams. They wish and wait. They make excuses. They hope for the best. As time goes by and their dreams are unfulfilled, some become frustrated and bitter. Others give up. Author and thinker Henry David Thoreau stated, "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." I believe one of the reasons so few people realize their dreams is that they don't take responsibility for them.

My brother, Larry, has often reminded me of the importance of putting a stake in the game for any endeavor. By a stake in the game, he means investing something of value. Anytime that happens, a person's level of commitment goes way up. Why? Because if you own something, you must give it energy, money, time, and commitment. When you have a stake in the game, you no longer have an easy come, easy go attitude about it. You are invested in it. Whenever Larry goes into a business deal with someone, he is sure that both have a stake in the game, or he doesn't move forward.

You need to possess a similar attitude about your dream. You need to have a stable in it, to own it. When you do, you become empowered to rise above the excuses offered by people for not pursuing a dream, such as the following three I hear most often:

Excuse #1: Dreams Don't Come True for Ordinary People

Many people believe that dreams are only for special people, and everyone else has to settle for less. But I disagree with that mind-set. It is true that the people who shape history have dreams. The Wright brothers wanted to fly. Winston Churchill envisioned a free Europe. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed about racial equality. However, you don't have to be a world figure to have a dream. Everyone can have a dream and pursue it. In fact, the pursuit of a dream often makes the difference between ordinary and extraordinary people. Ordinary people can live extraordinary lives when they follow their dreams. Why do I say that? Because a dream becomes a catalyst to help people make important changes in their lives. You don't just change who you are in order to live out your dream. You pursue your dream, and the process changes who you are and what you can accomplish. A dream is both a target and a catalyst.

Excuse #2: If the Dream Isn't Big, It's Not Worth Pursuing

A dream should never be evaluated according to its size. That's not what determines its worth. A dream doesn't have to be big. It just has to be bigger than you are.

My friend Dan Reiland told me about a member of his staff who told his colleagues, "All I ever wanted to be was a great dad." They didn't criticize him because he wasn't shooting for the moon. And as he talked to them about his heartfelt desire, he had everyone in tears. It wasn't a big dream, but it was a powerful one. Bigger is not always better, and size does not determine significance.

Excuse #3: Now Is Not the Right Time to Pursue My Dream

The most common excuse for not owning and pursuing a dream is timing. Some say it's too soon. They wait for permission to go after their dream—permission that can be given to them only by themselves. Meanwhile, the few, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, see their dream and go after it, affirming the words of author Pearl S. Buck: "The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation."

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Contents

Acknowledgments....................ix
Introduction: What Is Your Dream?....................xi
The Dream Test....................xxiii
CHAPTER 1 The Ownership Question Is My Dream Really My Dream?....................1
CHAPTER 2 The Clarity Question Do I Clearly See My Dream?....................23
CHAPTER 3 The Reality Question Am I Depending on Factors within My Control to Achieve My Dream?....................45
CHAPTER 4 The Passion Question Does My Dream Compel Me to Follow It?....................71
CHAPTER 5 The Pathway Question Do I Have a Strategy to Reach My Dream?....................93
CHAPTER 6 The People Question Have I Included the People I Need to Realize My Dream?....................115
CHAPTER 7 The Cost Question Am I Willing to Pay the Price for My Dream?....................137
CHAPTER 8 The Tenacity Question Am I Moving Closer to My Dream?....................161
CHAPTER 9 The Fulfillment Question Does Working toward My Dream Bring Satisfaction?....................185
CHAPTER 10 The Significance Question Does My Dream Benefit Others?....................205
Conclusion: Looking Back ... Looking Forward....................223
Notes....................227
My Dream Map....................235
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  • Anonymous

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    Best Ever

    John c Maxwell, Is annointed to help people discover their pathway to leadership. God has used this mans talents to illustrate to us how he wants us to think, lead and be. John isn't perfect by any means but as a 30 year old African American Male raised in a Single parent home, I can say that John's book have taught me the things I needed to hear when I was a younger man.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    Make your dream reality!

    John Maxwell has become one of my favorite authors and speakers, and I look forward to each of his new books. I had the chance to review "Put Your Dream to the Test" and have really enjoyed it. Once again, Maxwell's writing is very clear, easy to read and to the point.

    I haven't been such a good long term planner, especially when it comes to my life and life's goals and this is something I'm working on changing and really appreciate the help and guidance from books like this. I really enjoy the way he uses real life stories to help illustrate the points he brings out, it helps it take on life, helps me grasp the concept more clearly and the lesson sticks with me much easier. And while I have more to learn in some areas than others, I found something to learn from and meditate on in each chapter. I feel he lays out some of the keys points and principles for making dreams reality.

    If you're someone like me who is defining my dream and bringing it to life, than I whole heartedly recommend this book.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    Great Book!

    I just had the chance to review a new book by best-selling author John Maxwell called, "Put Your Dream to the Test". We've all had dreams, but not all of us have lived them or made them reality for a number of reasons. And while I've realized some of mine, I feel I still have many more to live.

    Maxwell covers the following topics in his book:

    1. The Ownership Question: Is my dream really my dream?
    2. The Clarity Question: Do I clearly see my dream?
    3. The Reality Question: Am I depending on factors within my control to achieve my dream?
    4. The Passion Question: Does my dream compel me to follow it?
    5. The Pathway Question: Do I have a strategy to reach my dream?
    6. The People Question: Have I included the people I need to realize my dream?
    7. The Cost Question: Am I willing to pay the price for my dream?
    8. The Tenacity Question: Am I moving closer to my dream?
    9. The Fulfillment Question: Does working toward my dream bring satisfaction?
    10. The Significance Question: Does my dream benefit others?

    Reading "Put Your Dream to the Test" is putting not just my dreams, but also me to the test. In reading it, I've been challenged to ask myself the questions it poses and to make decisions that make it clear that I am the one responsible for whether or not I will go for my dreams and give them a try. After reading this, I feel strengthened and empowered to do something about them!

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    CAN YOUR DREAM PASS THE TEST?

    A master at motivating, once again Mr. Maxwell presents a very doable blueprint for accomplishment. If you want to be a parent, an engineer, or an entertainer, if you have dreams read this book.
    Have you ever met someone who you thought would be successful but never quite made it? John Maxwell in his newest book "Put Your Dream to the Test" presents the nuts and bolts of obtaining personal objectives. Upon completion of this book you will have a general idea as to why some people make it and some people don't, more importantly you will know the difference between dreams and fantasy and which to pursue.
    "Put Your Dreams to the Test" is a working book. At the beginning of each chapter is a definitive question followed by a frank discussion of how your answer to the question will influence the success or failure of your dream. As with most of Mr. Maxwell's books self evaluation is the key, if you are not willing to take a close look at yourself do not read this book. If you are not willing to put forth the effort in honestly answering each question and making the necessary adjustments do not read this book.

    This ebook was provided to me free of charge via Book Sneeze in exchange for my personal evaluation. To my readers I recommend this book to others who may not read my blog buy this book before you spend another penny on your plans for the future. Review written by: Marsha Randolph author The Truth About Vashtai

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    Not Just Another Book

    I'll admit I like to read books that inspire me to be the best person I can be. This book does not preach pie in the sky. It is not part of the name it and claim it gospel.

    What I found different about this book was making sure the dream I am following is really mine. Making sure I have the necessary abilities to make this dream a possibility. Making sure I want the dream enough to make the necessary sacrifices that it is going to require. Making sure the dream will benefit others.

    It is easy to dream. Not so easy to work toward the dream.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

    Is Your Dream Worth Believing?

    Bestselling author, internationally recognized leadership expert and speaker, John C. Maxwell, has done it again! Put Your Dream To The Test 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It is about taking our dreams from mere wishful thinking and making it into reality. He makes you look at the dream that you have, focus on it, and asks you ten important questions about it. The more you're able to answer the questions satisfactorily, the closer you are to achieving that dream. The book is filled with encouraging real-life testimonies of people who have achieved their own dreams through thick and thin. He inspires you to work out your dreams through achievement, considering the costs for you and your family.

    It was my husband who initially wanted to get this book. We were both excited to read it. But since I'm really the booklover between us, I'm the one reading it and I would narrate it to him. Just like every one of us, we both have dreams for our family. Dreams that seem like they are just too hard to achieve. Put Your Dream To The Test 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It has made us sit down and really evaluate our dream. Do we really want to achieve it? What are we willing to do? How much are we willing to pay to make that dream a reality? Does our dream have benefit for others or is it only for us? In reading through this book, it made us realize that there is still much for us to do as we reach for that dream, if we are willing to go through the sacrifices and hardships to see our dreams come true.

    I would recommend this book to people who seriously want to achieve big dreams in their lives. John Maxwell inspires you, pushes you and makes you take a long, hard look at your dreams to make it into reality.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    Test Your Dream

    John Maxwell has hit another home run with his latest book, Put Your Dream to the Test. In this book, he outlines ten checkpoints that will help guide you to whether your dream will stand the test.

    These checkpPut Your Dream To The Testoints include:

    * The Ownership Question - is my dream really my dream - when it all comes down to it, do you truly believe in this dream, if not you need to re-evaluate
    * The Passion Question - will I follow my own dream - will I be passionate to see it through so that I can bring others along eventually
    * The Cost Question - will I pay the price for my dream - sacrificially giving to the dream, sometimes the cost is manageable and other times, the cost is too high - there needs to be a healthy balance
    * The Significance Question - will this dream benefit others - if the dream doesn't benefit others in the long run, you may want to double-check the dream - help others grow!

    This book will challenge you to put action to your dreams. Many people dream, but putting action to them is a different story. John challenges you to answer each question fully. If you can't answer one question, evaluate your dream and adapt or start over. By working through each of the steps, you will be able to test and pursue more fully your own dreams.

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

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    Must read to reach your dreams!

    I have read several books and many articles by John Maxwell. However, "Put Your Dream to the Test" is John Maxwell's greatest book yet. This is an absolute must read for anyone challenged by discovering, taking hold of, and pursuing their dream. The book walks you through the ten questions for putting your dream(s) to the test:

    · The Ownership Question

    · The Clarity Question

    · The Reality Question

    · The Passion Question

    · The Pathway Question

    · The People Question

    · The Cost Question

    · The Tenacity Question

    · The Fulfillment Question

    · The Significance Question

    Many people have hopes and dreams, but no idea how to go about reaching those dreams. "Put Your Dreams to the Test" essentially helps you to create the right answers to these questions, giving you principles and tips to so you can make good decisions and maximize every moment to achieve your dream. The book is full of examples of people who have successfully pursued and attained their dreams.

    "Put Your Dream to the Test" is definitely a book that I will read again and again. It is a practical, yet very applicable book that is a must-have and can make the difference between failure and success. Don't leave your dream to chance or whatever may be.

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  • Posted May 27, 2009

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    Put Your Dream to the Test

    A round brilliant cut diamond has 58 facets - 32 on the crown, 24 on the pavilion, the table counts as one and the culet counts as one.

    Such is every John Maxwell book, especially Put Your Dream to the Test. He approaches the topic of pursuing your dreams from every facet imaginable. Maxwell defines a dream as "an inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will, and emotions, empowering you to do everything you can to achieve it."

    Put Your Dream to the Test is arranged around ten questions that comprise "The Dream Test."

    1. The ownership question: Is my dream really my dream?
    2. The clarity question: Do I clearly see my dream?
    3. The reality question: Am I depending on factors within my control to achieve my dreams?
    4. The passion question: Does my dream compel me to follow it?
    5. The pathway question: Do I have a strategy to reach my dream?
    6. The people question: Have I included the people I need to realize my dream?
    7. The cost question: Am I willing to pay the price for my dreams?
    8. The tenacity question: Am I moving closer to my dream?
    9. The fulfillment question: Does working toward my dream bring satisfaction?
    10. The significance question: Does my dream benefit others?

    What a great test; what a great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2009

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    Excellent Book

    I highly recommend John Maxwell's book Put Your Dream to the Test. Most people who have a dream never take the steps to make it a reality. Some people are so busy with life that they have never even taken the time to dream. Mr. Maxwell's book not only helped me see that my dream could be a reality, but it also helped me realize that I had dreams that needed to be fulfilled.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    Excellent!!!

    Excellent book! Read it, study it, work through it...Discover your dream, determine if you are really commited to it and get the tools to help you see it through.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

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    Put Your Dream to the Test

    Put Your Dream To the Test is one of the most practical books that has ever been written for a dreamer. He begins by challenging the reader to take personal ownership of a dream. We can never see the dream come to fruition unless it becomes ours.
    Once the dream has become internalized, then the importance of getting the dream to reality is found in answering ten questions. Examples of three which seem to be the key ones are .
    * The Passion Question, "Does my dream compel me to follow it?"
    * The People Question, "Have I included the people I need to realize my dream?"
    * The Cost Question, "Am I willing to pay the price for my dream?"

    To remind us that making success of a dream may require some hard work. John Maxwell says, "We quickly realize that between the dream's inspiration and its manifestation, there's going to be a lot of perspiration!" Then humorously adds, "As every new parent finds out, it's much harder having and raising the baby than making it."
    This book is one of the most practical guides in laying out the plan for a dream's success through a step-by-step process of questions, each one building upon the other. Being a "people person" Dr. Maxwell's final question, "The Significance Question" is his forte, "Does my dream benefit others?"
    This is an valuable resource in getting you started on the road to success.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2009

    Put Your Dream to the Test

    This book drew me in immediately right from the introduction

    He asks the following ten questions to be used in defining and planning to pursue your dream:

    1. The Ownership Question: Is my dream really my dream?
    2. The Clarity Question: Do I clearly see my dream?
    3. The Reality Question: Am I depending on factors within my control to achieve my dream?
    4. The Passion Question: Does my dream compel me to follow it?
    5. The Pathway Question: Do I have a strategy to reach my dream?
    6. The People Question: Have I included the people I need to realize my dream?
    7. The Cost Question: Am I willing to pay the price for my dream?
    8. The Tenacity Question: Am I moving closer to my dream?
    9. The Fulfillment Question: Does working toward my dream bring satisfaction?
    10. The Significance Question: Does my dream benefit others?

    The book also has stories of people who have succeeded in achieving their own dreams.

    It taught that you need to really realize what your dream is and then gain the insight into what you need to ask yourself in order to make your dream a reality.

    I think this book was a real kick in pants, so to speak, it really gave a boost to in the least not let go of the dreams I do have.

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  • Posted May 7, 2009

    Excellent tool for testing one's dream

    To tell you the truth, I was a little nervous about reading "Put Your Dream to the Test" because I thought, 'What if I start reading this book and find out that I'm not pursuing the right dream?' What I found out is not only am I pursuing the right dream, but I am learning key points to clarifying that dream and truly making it a reality in my life.

    The book consists of 10 chapters that pose questions and give guidance on what you should consider in regards to identifying your dream. Maxwell writes, "A dream worth pursuing is a picture and blueprint of a person's purpose and potential" and later explains that it isn't a vague notion of what you think may happen. It's a specific outline of how you visualize it.

    What I like most about the book is the fact that it has given me extreme clarity of my vision. I'm in the process of writing a specific vision statement, which I learned how to do from Chapter 2 in the book, which I'm going to post on a vision board that I have in my office near my desk. I now feel more in control of what will become of my future.

    I find this book to be an invaluable tool to testing one's dream and, of course, it's high on my recommended reading list. "People who don't possess compelling dreams are in danger of having their lives merely slip away," Maxwell writes in the introduction. I know that I don't want that to happen to me.

    I am really thankful to have been given the opportunity to review this book as a member of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program at http://brb.thomasnelson.com/.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2009

    Great for anyone!

    This book is for everyone with a dream. If that dream is to be a great Dad or Mom, student, business person or church leader. It has inspired me to stick to my dream of losing weight. It has something for everyone.

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  • Posted April 24, 2009

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    You can't judge a book by it's title

    In John Maxwell's newest book, Put Your Dream to the Test:10 Questions to help you see is and seize it, John tries to tackle the many questions about having life dreams/aspirations/goals and the path to pursue and hopefully achieve them.

    I'll admit, the initial impression of what I thought the premise of this book would be didn't really appeal to me from just a judgment of the cover. I'm not one for your "self-help" pick-me-uppers ,which is what I thought this book was going to be about. But as I began to read I was more than pleasantly surprised.

    As I read this book, I began to realize that the word "Dream" here can be replaced with what I would describe as "Calling." My calling is directly affected by my relationship with Christ because I have committed to being someone who "Delights in the Lord", allowing Him to give me the "Desires of my Heart." It may just be a matter of semantics, but it made all the difference to me.

    Personally, this book touches specifically on just a part of the spectrum good leadership (which is my favorite subject of study at the current moment) or what Covey would call a "Highly Effective Person." The idea of a dream is what drives the human nature. Some "experts" of personal development call it "seeing with the end in mind". In the Christian world, it has even been called in a round-about way, "Holy Discontent." In normal circumstances this book might have been a snoozer for me, but at this particular juncture in life, evaluating my "Dream" is exactly what I needed - and this book had a lot to offer.

    Here are just a few quotes:

    * .a dream is an inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will, and emotions, empowering you to do everything you can to achieve it.
    * Failure is the price we must pay to achieve success.
    * Followers don't give their best to something they don't understand.
    * Yes, we do need to aim high. However, we don't have the ability to attain whatever we seek. I don't possess the ability to achieve every potential I can imagine. I don't believe that I can achieve any goal. That is not reality.
    * .you have to take a realistic look at yourself to know where your habits are taking you.
    * .complacency kills passion. It reduces us to average.
    * It is impossible for me to ignore the reality of my present position and be successful.
    * Successful people think differently from unsuccessful people, especially in the area of failure. They see it as a regular part of success, and they get over it.
    * The great men and women of history were not great because of what they earned and owned. They were great because they gave themselves to people and causes that lived beyond them.

    I really needed this book at this time in my life, and I was glad to have read it and gained some insightful wisdom on how to approach the journey of going after my "Dream."

    Got dreams?

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    Put your dream to the test, by John C. Maxwell

    "I have a dream."

    Those are four very famous words that showed the power of a passionately held vision. I received a copy of John Maxwell's "Put your Dream to the Test" from Thomas Nelson (http://brb.thomasnelson.com/) as part of the Book Review Blogger program, and I liked this book's thoughtful, analytical approach to how people can turn such dreams into reality.

    The book is structured around ten questions that help determine whether our dreams are right for us (as opposed to, for instance, what our parents wanted for us) and whether we're willing to do all that it takes to achieve them. It never gets too methodical, though, and there are plenty of stories of people who did achieve what they hoped for, as well as inspiring quotes and humorous anecdotes.

    This is one of the rare self-help books which stays positive throughout, though it still acknowledges that many dreams cannot and will not be fulfilled quickly or easily - i.e. no instant gratification. That's a characteristic of so many great achievements, though. And the author places as much emphasis on pragmatism and hard work as on the value of dreams. A head-in-the-clouds style would never have appealed to me, but this book is like the anti-"Death of a Salesman".

    I try to balance my reviews and point out whatever didn't work (as well as what I liked), but I can't do that here. I enjoyed this book too much.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

    Good, for what it is, but is it enough?

    Here's a review of John C. Maxwell's Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It. I received the book for free from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, in exchange for an honest review.

    I chose this book from the selection Thomas Nelson offered because it touches on some things I've been wondering about lately. I've spent a lot of time thinking about the role of dreams in our lives, how we're supposed to pursue them in light of who God is, what we're to expect from Him and from them, and what that means for my life. While I wasn't at all sure I would agree with Maxwell, his book seemed like a logical choice for me-if nothing else, I figured it would give me something solid to disagree with.

    In the end, I honestly don't know what to think of this book. On one hand, it spouts a lot of the guru-esque mumbo-jumbo that a reader familiar with Maxwell or this genre would expect. On the other hand, there are pockets of depth in this book that I didn't expect.

    Maxwell is big on the "See it, Name it, Do it" idea of following dreams. You name your dream, list out specific goals, and start going after them. Ok, it's a little more complicated than that, but if you're at all familiar with books of this sort, you know what I mean. What surprised me was his acknowledgment that many dreams are not fulfilled, despite good (or even great, superb, or excellent) planning, and that the dreamer has to come to terms with that (preferably before he gets very far on the journey). While his commentary on these issues amounted more to encouragement bordering on exhortation, his simple stating of these things as fact made me much more open to what he had to say throughout the rest of the book.

    When I finished, I was left with the ideas that, while there's a lot of thought and theological work that still needs to be done in this area (trust me . . . I've tried to find the books), this is a decent place to start.

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  • Posted April 19, 2009

    Make YOUR Dreams YOUR Reality!

    Dr. John Maxwell, author of this awesome book: Put Your Dreams To The Test, has devised yet another way for you to reach your dreams. We all have what works and we all know what doesn't - Dr. Maxwell has designed ten questions to ask yourself, to Put Your Dreams To The Test:

    · The Ownership Question
    · The Clarity Question
    · The Reality Question
    · The Passion Question
    · The Pathway Question
    · The People Question
    · The Cost Question
    · The Tenacity Question
    · The Fulfillment Question
    · The Significance Question

    Now mind you, like I said, we all have our own ways, ideas and inspirations, but it doesn't hurt to learn something new - maybe one person found an area of success where we've find a dead end. What ever way you find to successfully reach your dreams, run with it!

    This is an easy read, short, to the point and helps you to find your path to the answers.

    Don't dismiss your dreams, don't allow situations or circumstances to deter you - no matter how hard that can be sometimes - from achieving your dreams. Just know that what ever dreams are forever in your heart, that for some 'odd' reason, you can't shake them, know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are yours, for you to pursue and not quit!

    This is an excellent book to give as a gift or to add to your personal library. He did a very good job at not only writing it, but pinpointing the specifics.

    "...wherever you are, whatever you are doing, this new book will absolutely and positively transform your view of leadership and the dream for YOUR life that God wants to share and develop in YOU."

    Special thanks to Thomas Nelson for this wonderful opportunity to review another amazing book!

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  • Posted April 11, 2009

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    Book Review: Put Your Dream to the Test

    John Maxwell has made such a huge impact on my life through his teachings and books. Personally, I try to devour as much of his stuff as I am able to. What I love about John's books is that he can take complicated principles about leadership and life and put them into bite sized pieces that anyone could digest.

    I've been looking forward to reading "Put Your Dream to the Test" for a long time. I'm 23 years old and still really figuring out my strengths, my weaknesses, and what dream I am going to pursue with my life.This book really helped me get some clarity on some issues I was wrestling with.

    We live in a world where it's easy to find people that have dreams, but it's very difficult to find people who are actually living out their dreams. There are a lot of reasons people never start pursuing their dreams, give up on their dreams, or never see their dreams come to pass. John covers all of those in his book. So no matter where you are in your journey, if you're questioning where you are when it comes to pursuing your dream or why you're not making progress the way you should be, read this book!

    John breaks down your dream into 10 questions that put your dream to the test. The more questions you can answer successfully, the more likely you'll be to see your dream come to pass. The questions that really impacted me were:

    1.) The Ownership Question - Is my Dream Really My Dream?

    2.) The Clarity Question - Do I clearly see my dream?

    3.) The Reality Question- Am I depending on factors within my control to achieve my dream?

    4.) The Cost Question - Am I willing to pay the price for my dream?

    This book is definitely worth the read! This should be a requirement for anyone who has a dream in their heart.It's a quick and easy read, but filled with wisdom for your life. Get this book now!

    Final Grade: A

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