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5.0 out of 5 stars Find Your Highest Potential and Build on It
While the media likes to portray success as effortless, the reality is far different. Blood, sweat, and tears often accompany accomplishment.

Dr. Maxwell does two unexpected things in this book that make it a valuable contribution to the success literature:

1. He points out that you may not know what your areas of greatest talent are and provides way...
Published on 23 Oct 2007 by Donald Mitchell

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3.0 out of 5 stars Talent is never enough, you need luck too.
I found the book well written and enjoyable, if you are new to this type of self help leadership literature then the book is very useful. It has common sense ideas and is very practical.

The only caution I would add is this: All successful people probably exhibit the types of behaviours suggested in this book, but there are probably many unsuccessful people who...
Published on 20 Jun 2007 by Stephen Parry


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5.0 out of 5 stars Find Your Highest Potential and Build on It, 23 Oct 2007
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Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" (Thanks for Providing My Reviews over 124,000 Helpful Votes Globally) - See all my reviews
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While the media likes to portray success as effortless, the reality is far different. Blood, sweat, and tears often accompany accomplishment.

Dr. Maxwell does two unexpected things in this book that make it a valuable contribution to the success literature:

1. He points out that you may not know what your areas of greatest talent are and provides way to check out your thinking.

2. He provides many examples that powerfully reinforce the point that it's hard to succeed without talent . . . or without developing a potential talent. The negative examples are very telling and powerful.

He also does one expected thing that's very helpful: He encourages you to test your thinking with those who know you well. It's hard to see yourself objectively so that's very good advice.

Once you have focused in on an area where you have potential to develop talent, he offers 13 principles to emphasize which I have rephrased below:

1. Believe you will succeed.
2. Pursue your passions with your talent.
3. Take action rather than wait for the right moment.
4. Be focused.
5. Continually practice and improve.
6. Be prepared for the challenge before using your talent.
7. Never give up.
8. Build and rely on courage in facing challenges.
9. Be open to suggestions.
10. Honor what's right.
11. Build relationships with those you love, those you want to serve, and those whose help you need.
12. Be responsible in employing your talent.
13. Be a good team player.

The most useful parts of the book come in the application exercises that accompany each of the 13 points. If you didn't read the book but did those exercises, you would gain most of the benefit of this book. So do those exercises!

Bravo, Dr. Maxwell.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational guide to maximizing your talent, 15 Dec 2009
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Rolf Dobelli "getAbstract" (Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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The professional sports world is filled with athletes who have extraordinary talent and yet end up with mediocre careers. Of course, every field has people who have failed to achieve their individual talent potential. Why? Talent alone is not remarkable. In fact, it is commonplace. What is special is "talent plus," the term leadership author John C. Maxwell uses to describe the achievement level of people who maximize their talents. Maxwell says you must add effort to talent to make it matter. He describes 13 sterling attributes people should strive to build within themselves to maximize their talents. getAbstract recommends his message to those who coach, mentor or encourage others. In any business or activity, Maxwell contends, talent "is only a starting point." How you develop your talent is what counts, and this book will show you how.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Talent is never enough, you need luck too., 20 Jun 2007
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Stephen Parry "Author of Sense and Respond" (Lean Service Transformation Designer London) - See all my reviews
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I found the book well written and enjoyable, if you are new to this type of self help leadership literature then the book is very useful. It has common sense ideas and is very practical.

The only caution I would add is this: All successful people probably exhibit the types of behaviours suggested in this book, but there are probably many unsuccessful people who exhibit these same behaviours who for one reason or another have not been lucky.

After all, success happens when opportunity meets preparation. Read the book and get at least half of that equation right.
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