Failing Forward

  • by John C. Maxwell
  • Narrated by John C. Maxwell
  • 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It seems that some people are born to achieve anything they want. Some would say they are lucky, are blessed, or have the Midas touch. But what truly is the reason for their success? Family background, wealth, greater opportunities, high morals, an easy childhood? New York Times best selling author John C. Maxwell has the answer: The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.Maxwell says that if you are like him, you were never prepared to deal with failure. Coming out of school, he feared it, misunderstood it, and ran away from it. But he's learned to make failure his friend, and he can teach you to do the same.


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Life-changing perspective

To some of you, this book might be basic stuff but for me this was life-changing. I find myself listening to it over and over. I am hoping that the concepts will finally sink in. Until about a year ago, I really had never truly failed. When I finally did, I handled it in the worst way possible. I pretty much did everything that the author tells you not to do. I ended up making the situation way worst than it was originally. When I listened to this book, it was like a wake up call. I only wished that I had come across it earlier.
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- Francine

Good concept, poor presentation

Although I fully agree on the concept of failing forward, I was quite dissappointed by the book. It is one long succession of stories of people who experienced difficulties, showed perseverence and finally got success. There are basically no pauses between Mr. Maxwell 15 (!) points, and I don't see them as very actionable either.

Additionally, I'm not sure I agree on Mr. Maxwell's understanding of success. Stories of people that work-work-work to get success, must give up something else (family life?), but that is not considered here.

Finally, the book isn't in any way scientifically based (like books from Dan Ariely or Malcom Gladwell) - everything is build on the stories, which to me, aren't very pursuasive. It's not surprising to me that you can find good stories of people who continue and continue and finally get success, but what about the ones that didn't find success? We don't hear about them.

So, if you consider this book, try the unabridged version - maybe it's more actionable and reflective - this one, was simply to shallow for me.
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- Dirk

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-22-2001
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Inc.