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: 9781418573768
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 04/18/2011
Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 459,655
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

 John C. Maxwell, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker was identified as the #1 leader in business by the AMA and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazines in 2014. His organizations--The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation--have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Visit JohnMaxwell.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

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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