Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It

Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It

by John C. Maxwell


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Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It by John C. Maxwell

Do you dream big? Now you can put your dream to the test and bring it to life!

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.

"It's one thing to have a dream. It's another to do the things needed to achieve it," says Maxwell. "If you're willing to put your dream to the test?and do what's needed to answer yes to the ten dream questions?then your odds are very good for seeing your dream become reality."

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400200405
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 04/19/2011
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 108,627
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than thirty 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. magazines. 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. The recipient of 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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10 Questions That Will Help You See It and Seize It

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2011 John C. Maxwell
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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.


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 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.


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.


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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Table of Contents


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
My Dream Map....................235

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KS_Chew More than 1 year ago
No doubt, John C. Maxwell's Put Your Dream to the Test is a greatly inspiring book. In this book, John helps people answer ten powerful questions to reveal a future where their dream is fulfilled. 1. The Ownership Question: Is my dream really my dream? A dream is only worth pursuing further if it is truly our own dream. We don't want to live out somebody else' dream - be it our parents', teachers, etc. 2. The Clarity Question: Do I clearly see my dream? If you can't see it, you can't seize it. 3. The Reality Question: Am I depending on factors within my control to achieve my dream? I, not only need to know what are my strengths, but I also need to know what are my weaknesses. 4. The Passion Question: Does my dream compel me to follow it? Do I have what it takes to drive me on despite the challenges? 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? Am I willing to be persistent despite all odds? 9. The Fulfillment Question: Does working toward my dream bring satisfaction? Essentially the flip-side to the Cost and Tenacity Questions, this question ask if it is worth pursuing the dream that may cost us considerably -- does this dream bring me fulfillment that I am willing to pay the price. 10. The Significance Question: Does my dream benefit other? There are numerous uplifting quotes, anecdotes, etc scattered throughout the book. This is definitely another of John Maxwell's books that is worth re-reading and re-reading again.
KatyYL More than 1 year ago
John Maxwell is one of my favorite authors. His writings are practical and inspirational. This book is a book appropriate for those want to make the most our of their life; that hopefully means everyone. The book has a lot of examples, which makes the book particularly easy to read and understand. The Dream Map at the end of the book is very useful, with questions for self-evaluation and action steps to take. While some of the points in the book may be obvious, they are good reminders nevertheless. Disclosure: Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for this review. Opinions are entirely my own.
gadfly1974 More than 1 year ago
"Disappointment is the gap between that exists between expectation and reality." ~John Maxwell If you are interested in taking the next step, pursuing the next opportunity, chasing the next dream, then I highly recommend this book. In it, John Maxwell presents another classic self-management scheme, one that you will find useful. His goal is not to discourage dreamers, but to give them a rubric to connect their dreams to reality. I give this book my highest recommendation!
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Marcin_Hartman More than 1 year ago
I love reading inspiring books by John Maxwell so I jumped at the opportunity of laying my hands on his "Put your dream to the test". It came in a very opportune time in my life as I'm chasing my life dream of planting a life-giving church. No wonder I skipped the body of the book on day one and plunged head-first into "the test" at the back end to see where I was. I scored 74 out of 100 for starters, which only whetted my appetite for the book contents in order to make realistic progress on my way to reaching my goal. Having finished the book, I must say it was very helpful, insightful and practical. Even though, as a business trainer and coach, I was aware of most of the principles mentioned there, it was beneficial that someone with a fresh perspective helped me assess MY dream. The book centers around ten questions that every dreamer needs to answer to make sure they will live to see their dream fulfilled :). There is also a dream map, an extra chapter as it were, that brings together all ten questions again and helps delineate a personal route and set realistic goals to be able to check one's progress. I'm thankful to Thomas Nelson Publishing for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book.
the_twitterer More than 1 year ago
"It's one thing to have a dream and another to do the things needed to achieve it," according to John C. Maxwell. In the book Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It, the internationally respected author shares his insights on the difference between a dreamer and someone who achieves his dream. Maxwell asks you 10 straightforward and powerful questions that will test your dream. Here you'll analyze whether your dream is worth pursuing and the reflections that you'll make from it is priceless. I know a lot of people who lost hope and stopped dreaming just because they failed to reach their dreams. But this book makes you realize that sheer will nor talent are not enough. Learning how to test your dream will make it more easier for you to succeed and turn from a dreamer to an achiever. I love this book. Not only is it motivational but it also encourages me to reflect, discover and evaluate my dreams more deeply than I could have ever did on my own. The ten questions act as a practical guide to anyone raring to reach their dreams. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to pursue their dreams. If you dream big, put your dream to the test and bring it to life. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com 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 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
jovialjen More than 1 year ago
Book Description New York Times and Business Week best-selling author John C. Maxwell helps people answer ten powerful questions to reveal a future where their dream is fulfilled. Most people John Maxwell encounters have a dream. In fact, he's asked thousands about their greatest aspirations. Some describe their dream with great enthusiasm and detail. Others are reluctant, almost embarrassed, to talk about it. Regardless of their zeal or fear, the same question drives every person with a dream: Can I achieve it? Sadly, most people have no idea how viable their dream is. They hope to achieve it, yet hope is not a strategy. What people need is a way to test their dream. In Put Your Dream to the Test, Maxwell brings the subject of a personal dream down to earth. He gives readers practical and powerful direction for their lives by leading them through ten questions that will help them create a clear and compelling pathway to their dream. My Review How apt for the book to come when i've just posted a blogpost on everyone having a dream when they are young. in this book, Maxwell touched on the 10 questions you can put your dream to test The Ownership Question (Is this dream really my dream?) The Clarity Question (do i clearly see my dream?) The Reality Question (Am I depending on factors within my control to achieve my dream? ) The Passion Question (Does my dream compel me to follow it? ) The Pathway Question (Do I have a strategy to reach my dream? ) 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? ) The Tenacity Question ( Am I moving closer to my dream?) The Fulfillment Question ( Does working toward my dream bring satisfaction? ) The Significance Question (Does my dream benefit others? ) this book is definitely for anyone with a dream (that makes everyone) and for any leaders and any bosses. it'll will help you in your course of life. i've said earlier in a post that many at times the distractions of life put us off course for our dreams or we simply stop dreaming. and perhaps it's time to dream again and this book will put you on the right paths to realizing your dreams. practical ways and practical way of looking at your dreams. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com 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 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
ChristyProject More than 1 year ago
John C. Maxwell helps people answer 10 questions to help them fulfill their God-given dreams. The ten questions involve: ownership, clarity, reality, passion, pathway, people, cost, tenacity, fulfillment, and significance. The points he make are valid and extremely motivational. With a dream of becoming a published writer one day, this book helped me see the steps I need to take to make that dream come true. I liked the stories that were included: stories about how other famous people saw their dreams come true. I couldn't give it 5 stars though, as I did find it a little boring in parts and felt there were waaaay too many quotes. Overall, a great read I would recommend to others.
viveresperando More than 1 year ago
I found this book amazing and helpful in so many ways. This book would also make a great gift for someone if you know they enjoy reading. The questions that are asked are powerful questions that help you clarify your dreams. I wish I would have found this book sooner.
chechu More than 1 year ago
I was so happy to receive this book since this book was my first free book I received from the Booksneeze (R) Blogger Review program. This book discusses about how to help you see your dream and seize your dream. This book is divided into 10 questions, each helping you realize if your dream is really your dream, if you clearly see your dream, if you have a strategy to reach your dream, and many more. It's true that many people have dreams, but most of them cannot see it or seize it. The message of this book is to see your dream, focus in your dream and seize your dream. I really like this book because it inspired me to focus on my dream. The award winning author, John Maxwell, really held my attention. This book, Put Your Dream to the Test, was presented the book in a nice, enjoyable, and appealing manner. I will definitely recommend this book to other people that have a dream, and even others who have not seen their dream. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com 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 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
meowth2011 More than 1 year ago
Anybody who has dream or ever had a dream will definitely find some use for this book. John Maxwell offers a kind of manual to dreaming and achieving your goals by answering ten seemingly easy questions about your dreams and how you can build a manageable strategy around these answers to eventually start chasing and giving life to your dream. Whatever type of dream you have, John Maxwell's book will definitely be able to help you turn it into reality, guiding you every step of the way. The best thing about this book is that it is easy to read and understand. The question at the end of each page is not really easy to answer, but once I was able to give the best answer I could possibly give, I felt fulfilled and the faith I have or used to have for my dream is gradually restored. This book aims to make people believe in the reality of a dream and how truly easy it is if one has a clear view of the path he has to take in order to achieve it. Any kind of dream, as long as it's passionate and true, will definitely benefit from this book. It's good to keep by your bedside as a reminder that every day is a step towards becoming what you have always hoped to be. A keeper! I give it 5 stars! I got a copy of this book to review from booksneeze.
BethRBR More than 1 year ago
Often people do not know where to begin in achieving their dreams. They might feel incapacitated by low self-esteem or just inability to get a sense of direction. Put Your Dream to the Test by author John Maxwell will give such a person some practical ways to get going. This book is filled with stories of real people who have achieved and/or are on that road to success. Chapter titles include: The Ownership Question, The Passion Question, and The Fulfillment Question. The reader will also find quotes that inspire among the purposeful stories. One of my favorites is "Reality..is the enemy of fantasies but not of dreams." This quote came from Rudy Ruettiger and is the intro to the chapter, "The Reality Question", which was a very beneficial chapter for me personally. Once I heard a teacher say something to the effect of, "There are always two sides to a mountain." I think that is an accurate description of this book. I enjoyed this book. It has helped me. But for me, it is one side of the mountain. I think this a very practical book in helping people with their part in God's plan for their life. I would like to have seen more of God's side of the mountain. (But I think maybe that is another book!) I don't want it to be left unsaid however that I think John Maxwell is brilliant and fulfilling his plan for his life and is a man committed to God. I would recommend this book for anybody who needs help getting started in the right direction. There is so much practical advice on steps you can take to ensure you achieve your dream(s). I would suggest however to buy a paperback copy. I read this book in e-book form, which was not the best idea for a person like me, and for this type of book. I would like to have been able to underline and make notes in the margin. Pastors will benefit from this book. There is a chapter entitled "The People Question" which discusses how to place the right people around you to fulfill your dream. Many blessings to you as you endeavor to fulfill the dreams God has placed in your heart and happy reading! Disclaimer: I received this book from booksneeze as part of a free books for bloggers program. I was not required to give a favorable review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Put Your Dream to the Test by John Maxwell was great. I love John Maxwell's books. This is a great business gift, and I know just the client I want to share this book with. It also has My Dream Map included which was an added bonus. Great quotes throughout the book which I have shared a few with co-workers and now they are going to find the book! Definitely gets your wheels turning as you read! Could be a great book for anyone!
NicoleMillerBooks More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I cannot say exactly what drew me to it in the first place-I have a pretty good idea what my dream is (as evidenced by the hours upon hours of writing, blogging and journaling.) But John C Maxwell asks the important questions and digs deeper. He has a clear, concise writing style with great illustrations and stories to show his points. I'd recommend this book for anyone, whether or not they think they know what their dream is. Is your dream attainable? Is it reasonable? Does it even play to your strengths? You'll consider these questions and more in "Put Your Dreams to the Test." I've heard wonderful things about Maxwell's other books, and by evidence of his writing and his step by step approach, I see why. Check this one out! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
ChristianMomBookReview More than 1 year ago
John C. Maxwell's book is for anyone who has a dream but lacks the tools,mental clarity, and focus necessary to move from dream to reality. The book starts with the premise that the reader already has a dream that has not come to fruition. The author uses a series of ten questions that he feels are imperative to attain success, along with stories of other individuals who have attained their dreams, while interweaving motivational tidbits to move the reader toward a greater probability of success. The reader is encouraged to reflect on each question and honestly evaluate what action needs to be taken in order to promote a greater success rate toward the overall dream. Each chapter is very thorough and detailed, and while very informative and highly accurate in each statement made, the length of each chapter can become a bit tedious if you are a little ADD like myself. It is definately a book that you can read, absorb, and come back to many times over. I received this book from the publisher. 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 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
solidrockpastorSP More than 1 year ago
The challenge of every man and woman on the planet is to satisfy that desire in their heart. To find the true satisfaction in life. That satisfaction comes from realizing their dream. To not only exist, but to enjoy their life and have a "successful" life. The amazing leader, writer, and speaker John Maxwell dives into this topic with extreme passion. You can sense it in every chapter as he challenges the reader to evaluate their dream. Do you even have one? Do you have a clue what a dream is? This book will have you turning pages, but you will find yourself at times stopping and folding your hands under your chin, staring into space as you ponder the thoughts that John evokes into your mind. What appears to be an attempt by John Maxwell to get you and I thinking about what makes us tick, should become evident to you that he has succeeded in just that. The examples he uses as illustrations, are real people like you and I. They are men and women that have faced the questions at moments in their life that all of us have faced and sometimes ignored. These heroes have taken the time to face the task of answering these questions and passing the results on to us. Thanks Mr. Maxwell for another outstanding piece of literature! Shawn P. WordPress Blogger: solidrockpastor Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com 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 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
Put Your Dream to The Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It by John C. Maxwell is the perfect book for anyone who wishes to pursue a life long dream, or perhaps those uninspired indivvduals who are simply living in fantasy world waiting for some good luck. This book is the perfect resource to for those indivduals to see if their pipe dreams actually have the potiential to measure up to reality. Although this book may be percieved as condescending, it is in actuality a wake- up- call for those who simply sit back, living in a fantasy world waiting passively for luck to make their dream come true. ANd, for those motivated readers who are truly inspired, this book is a perfect tool for helping such indivduals to actually making their dream come true. Systematically, Maxwell, proceeds to guide the reader to the goal of turning his or her dream from the sphere of imagination into reality. Written in simple language that any reader can follow and appreciate, this book serves as a guide towards accomplishing one's goal. It is as if the reader has a lifecoach and counselor at his own personal disposal. Each chapter is dedicated to a question by which the reader can gauge the reality or or viability of his dream. Obviously some dreams will not pass the "test" as being viable. Real life issues such cost and time factors are considered. There is a hands on study guide at the end of the book for the reader, referred to by Maxwell as "My Dream Map". As a blogger for booksneeze bloggers I recieved this book from Thomas Nelson publishers for the purpose of writing this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Paula_Greene More than 1 year ago
At midlife, I find myself settled into busy daily routines, but after reading John Maxwell's Put Your Dream to the Test, I discovered not only do I still have dreams, but they are still achievable. I just need to dust them off, define them, put them to the test, and get into action. I felt realistically inspired each page I turned. This book is not one of those books that claim if you can dream it, then you can achieve it. The author guides you through ten practical questions to assist you in recalling and reformulating your dream, defining it with clarity, measuring it against you strengths and passion, developing a strategy, networking with people whose strengths are your weakness, counting the cost while keeping priorities straight, having tenacity, and evaluating the satisfaction and significance. A couple of my favorite parts included the importance of having a 'dream team', realizing we can't accomplish the dream all on our own but instead we should draw on skills of those that complement ours - their strengths complementing my weaknesses. The author also provides a strategy to help with the planning process in reaching our dreams using the acronym SECURE. Tenacity is essential to realizing our dreams, and he provides seven tips to developing greater tenacity. At the back of the book, the Dream Test serves as a map so you can determine where you are at and where you are headed. It includes checklists, evaluation, and how to plot the course for each of the ten questions that are designed to help you "see it and seize it." This book is not only inspiring, practical, and easy to read, but also potentially life-changing. For me, I find myself stretching my imagination beyond the expected norm to match my abilities and strengths in ways that may be new or different in my culture. It helped me to appreciate how God made me and encouraged me to resurrect the dream that died somewhere along the way through life. To comply with regulations by the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR Part 255, I am disclosing that BookSneeze® provided me a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
ENUS71 More than 1 year ago
How many of us have that one dream that we would love to accomplish? Is it possible to move it from fantasy to reality? Should we even try? This book was designed to help you to ask the right questions and make you take that next step by putting your dream to the test. The book is set up for you to ask yourself ten simple questions. Depending on the answers, yes or no, you will be asked to refine and revise your process or dream to get you to the next question. Some areas discussed are. ownership is it your dream or someone elses.clarity- do you see your dream clearly.Reality- is your dream based on things you can control? I don't want to spoil any of this great read for you but this is a soul-searching process so honesty is required. Overall I found this book fascinating. Author John C. Maxwell helps to keep you motivated and inspired along the way, by listing examples of dreams from some of the most famous people in history. PUT YOUR DREAM TO THE TEST is a book you will enjoy reading and once finished you will actually find yourself opening it again and again marveling at normal everyday things you can do to finally have your dream come to fruition. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Angela_Nic More than 1 year ago
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!
elise067 More than 1 year ago
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.
Marsha_Randolph More than 1 year ago
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