Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Book Review: Failing Forward


The 2nd book review for this year is Failing Forward by John Maxwell.  Maxwell is a prolific author, and Failing Forward is a great book for any and all.

The concept of the book is re-thinking how we look at failure.

We all fail and experience different levels of failures, but it's how we view these failures and respond to them that dictates where we go.
(Photo Credit - Failing Forward - John Maxwell)

Being a coach, I see this on a daily basis.  An athlete loses a drill and they'll often respond by going into a shell and pouting.  Others respond by wanting a re-match or looking at their performance and finding ways to improve.

The same can be said for any endeavor, failing is an opportunity to grow and learn and get better.

Think about this, most entrepreneurs fail 3.8 times before finally finding success.  Each of those failures give the person reflection and learning experiences to change as they try a new endeavor.

"The more you do, the more you fail. 
The more you fail, the more you learn. 
The more you learn, the better you get"

The whole book is geared toward changing how one looks and responds to failure.  Maxwell purposes that how one responds to failure is key to success in anything in life.  Failing forward shows how how looking at life's setbacks and learn from your mistakes.  If you haven't failed at anything, it means you haven't really taken a risk at anything.
"The next time you find yourself envying what successful people have achieved, 
recognize that they have probably gone through many negative experiences 
that you cannot see on the surface"

 Maxwell gave 15-steps or processes to fail forward
  1. Realize there is 1 major difference between average people and high achievers.  The difference is how you respond to failure
  2. Learn a new definition of failure
  3. Remove the "you" from failure.  Don't take it personally
  4. Take action and reduce your fear
  5. Change your response to failure by taking responsibility
  6. Don't let failure from outside get inside you
  7. Say good-bye to yesterday
  8. Change yourself, and your world changes
  9. Get over yourself and give yourself
  10. Find the benefit of every experience 
  11. If at first you don't succeed, try something harder
  12. Learn from a bad experience and make it a good experience 
  13. Work on the weakness that weakens you
  14. Understand there's not much difference between failure and success
  15. Get up, get over it, and get going
Overall it's a very quick and easy read with a ton of good takeaways.  Every leader, entrepreneur, or visionary should read this book.

Check it our HERE! 

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