Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success

Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success

by John C. Maxwell

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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!"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785288572
Publisher: HarperCollins Leadership
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 62,264
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 31 million books in fifty languages. He has been identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. He is the founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation, organizations that have trained millions of leaders from every country of the world. A recipient of the Horatio Alger Award, as well as the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, Dr. Maxwell speaks each year to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world’s top business leaders. He can be followed at Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell. For more information about him visit JohnMaxwell.com.

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Failing Forward : Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Dan-the-counselor More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
n2funstuff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Outstanding book on overcoming adversity. A must read.
aputney2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I believe it was Edison that was asked after 1000 failed attempts to make a working light bulb if he was discouraged. His response - (paraphrase) "no, I now know 1000 ways that it wont work". It is a good book for keeping your head up and learning from your mistakes. Life is often more about how we respond to what happens then what actually happens. Filled with good stories of "overcomers" from all walks of life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book as additional reading assignment in one of my HR Management classes at the University of Georgia. I have read a couple other books by Maxwell and this certainly ranks up there with one of his best. So often in college I feel like students think they have to have their whole lives figured out by the time they graduate. This book brought a helpful perspective to the reality that we often have to step out in the midst of uncertainty and take a risk. As a result, our fear is reduced by simply taking action. As we learn to turn our mistakes into platforms to boost success, we gain a clearer picture of our skills, abilities, and passions. This book also helped me get an inside look at real life stories of those who experienced massive failure before they were successful. It seems like they were actually successful not in spite of their failure but because of them! I would say this is a must for business and nonbusiness students alike.
zsingle1 More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is very meaningful for everyone facing difficult challenges in their career. It is very easy to read and has a lot of useful information about turning failure into success. Maxwell provides a detailed list of steps to take in order to fail forward. He gave many real life stories of people who encountered failure but later on found success in their career, such as Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-a. In order to succeed in a career, a person has to be very hard working, goal-oriented, motivated, possess the right attitude in dealing with adversity and be accountable for their own mistakes.
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kross1 More than 1 year ago
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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