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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishing; New edition edition (12 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785288570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785288572
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of 24 books on maximizing personal and leadership potential, John C. Maxwell believes "the difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure." In Failing Forward, he offers inspirational advice for turning the difficulties that inevitably arise in life into stepping stones that help you reach the top. Noting that star performers are often those who aggressively push forward after encountering adversity, Maxwell shows how a variety of well-known and not-so-well-known people have forged ahead despite obstacles that could have derailed them. They include: Mary Kay Ash, who founded her cosmetics firm against enormous odds when the direct-sales company she toiled in for 25 years resisted her continued corporate climb; Truett Cathy, who lost two brothers (and business partners) in an aeroplane crash and experienced his own serious medical problems before establishing the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain; Greg Horn, who reopened his Kentucky grocery store just 21 days after it suffered $1 million in flood damage; and Beck Weathers, who lost his nose, half of one arm and the fingers on his other in the infamous 1996 "Into Thin Air" Mt. Everest tragedy, but now takes a positive message of survival and conquest to audiences around the world. --Howard Rothman, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling 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 at Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell. For more information visit JohnMaxwell.com.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mark.holland@breathemail.net on 8 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
John Maxwell once again writes as the reader wants to read. Failing Forward is the perfect book for anyone looking to achieve in their life time. Maxwell, in his first three chapters, will have you hooked as he get you, the reader, to realise that initial failure is the natural process in any successful result. Far to often individuals, groups or teams are cast onto the scrap heap because of failing first time. We must learn Maxwell's teaching if we are to understand ourselves more. This book will be a best seller! It will replace the infamous Magic of Thinging Big as a must read of anyone wanting to practice PMA. Enjoy the read, enjoy the failing!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
Failing Forward is one of the best stallbusting books I have ever read! It focuses on how to handle our emotions when things aren't matching up to our expectations. Dr. Maxwell identifies dozens of stalls that delay progress for those who are experiencing setbacks in their lives.
While most people see setbacks as a negative, Dr. Maxwell points out that there is an important lesson that we can use to accomplish more in the future. Building on that appropriate and valuable perspective, Failing Forward postulates 15 principles that can help you apply the lesson.
Each chapter covers a separate principle and is filled with self-diagnostic questions, as well as heart-warming examples of how people went from apparent failure towards great success.
The work is very consistent with the philosophy of Anthony Robbins. If you are a Robbins fan, you will find this book to be a good complement to Unleash the Power Within.
I strongly recommend that you read this book, and reread it the next time you are feeling sorry for yourself or have a setback. If you care about others, be prepared to loan your copy to the next person who looks morose after having a problem.
Dr. Maxwell also offers a self-diagnostic test on the book's Web site ([...] I took that test and found it helpful to cement my understanding of the book. I recommend that you do this as well.
Unlike most books about self-improvement that are scaled to a level of sophistication, this book should appeal both to those with lots of experience and education as well as those who have yet to develop those perspectives.
The only people who will be confused will be those who have yet to experience any significant setbacks. They will wonder what all the fuss is about. To fill in that point, progress is seldom smooth. It usually looks more like 1 or 2 steps forward, and them some backward. In essence, we are talking about a zig-zag, even when things go well. At other times, the zig-zag can be downward.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Eden on 13 Dec. 2008
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John C Maxwell is a master of taking uncomfortable topics and turning them into benefits. This user friendly, easy readable manual on the wisdom in failing and how to use it creatively for your own and others development is a must read if you happen to be human! To be able to mess up, dust yourself down, take the learning and move forward without the nonsense of shame and with a whole bundle of new skills and abilities is the gift it offers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mastermind on 26 Dec. 2009
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Good material recommended for those who seek a productive change in their personal and professional lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Jan. 2013
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The book gives you the opportunity to see failure in a new light and turn it to your advantage.
If you allow it, it can change your view of yourself and of those around you.
Nicely written and easy to read.
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By katie on 18 Mar. 2014
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Loved love highly recommend everyone read this

Implement learn and use this to learn from failure and move through the tough times to reap the rewards
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