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Talent Is Never Enough: Discover the Choices That Will Take You Beyond Your Talent

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New York Times best-selling author Dr. John C. Maxwell has a message for you, and for today's corporate culture fixated on talent above all else: TALENT IS NEVER ENOUGH.

People everywhere are proving him right. Read the headlines, watch the highlights, or just step out your front door: Some talented people reach their full potential, while others self-destruct or remain tra
Hardcover, 283 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Nelson Business (first published January 1st 2004)
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Sep 17, 2016 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 07, 2011 Justine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A feelgood book. In summary:-

1. Belief lifts your talent.
2. Passion energizes your talent.
3. Initiative activates your talent.
4. Focus directs your talent.
5. Preparation positions your talent.
6. Practice sharpens your talent.
7. Perseverance sustains your talent.
8. Courage tests your talent.
9. 'Teachability' expands your talent.
10. Character tests your talent.
11. Relationships influence your talent.
12. Responsibility strengthens your talent.
13. Teamwork multiplies your talent.
Nov 01, 2011 Shayma'a rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
من أفضل كتب التنمية الذاتية التي قرأتها ، بل من أفضل الكتب التي قرأتها على الأطلاق، و من الكتب القليلة التي أستطيع القول بأنها أثرت في تفكيري و جعلتني أعيد النظر إلى كا ما يدور في فلك حياتي، أنصح به كثيراً، ومهما كانت خلفيتك الثقافية أو طموحك الذي تتطلع إليه ،ستجد قراته ممتعة و مفيدة في مجالك
Dec 10, 2008 Robert rated it it was amazing
In this volume, he asserts that "talent is never enough." If it were, "then the most effective and influential people would always be the most talented ones but that is often not the case...Clearly talent isn't everything." That said, he hastens to add, talent is worthy off our admiration and must be perceived in the proper perspective. For Maxwell, it is "a God-given gift." For others who do not share his faith, it is nonetheless usually referred to as a "natural" as opposed to an acquired capa ...more
Nguyên ngộ ngộ
Apr 14, 2015 Nguyên ngộ ngộ rated it liked it
Sách viết về 13 lựa chọn để phát triển tài năng thiên bẩm.
Song sau cả thảy, những dẫn chứng lang mang và thiếu thuyết phục.
Cụ thể: trích dẫn lung tung quote của ông này ông nọ mà không có hệ thống, giống như sưu tập câu nói hơn là cố làm rõ hay chen vào các dẫn chứng thuyết phục.
Viết lang mang và lặp lại. Nếu để ý kỹ sẽ thấy là nhắc tới coach John Wooden rất nhiều, qua chương khác thì lấy câu khác của ổng, đọc khá khó chịu.
Mar 24, 2008 Adam rated it liked it
I think I can reduce the thesis of this book to the following: "Talent can get you in the door, but it takes a lot sweat and tears to make it to the top."

This is a pretty recent book, having been published in 2007. As such, it has more contemporary references than many of the other Maxwell books I have read.

I felt less of the self-promotion in this book, but it was still present. If humility is something Mr. Maxwell was blessed with, it doesn't come across well in his books.

This book is good, b
Abdullah Alzahim
Dec 13, 2014 Abdullah Alzahim rated it really liked it
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Belief lifts your talent
Passion energizes...
Focus directs...
Practice sharpens...
Perseverance sustains...
Courage tests...
Teachability expands...
Character protects...
Responsibilty strengthens...
Teamwork multiplies...
Jan 19, 2013 مهنا rated it it was amazing
الكتاب الذي جعلني أشمر عن ساعدي و اشعل روحي في سبيل موهبتي
من هنا تحولت الموهبة الى شغف يتخذ شكل الإحتراف !
انصح به كل من يريد خوض مجال احترافي
و انصح به اصحاب الوظائف كمرتبة ثانية
May 29, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
Finally finished reading this book - have half-started at least twice. Some of the items that most caught my eye had nothing to do with talent at all (punctuality, effort, patience, unselfishness), which is at least 25% of the overall point of the book.

Once you move beyond the breakers of the book (believe in yourself, passion is greater than the plan, take initiative and kick fear in the teeth), the chapters on Focus and Practice have some very good illustrations. The John Walsh story (America
Jan 01, 2013 Yaqoub rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أناأؤمن بأن لدي مواهب ليس لها مثيل (وكل إنسان لديه مواهب فريدة من نوعها) فلماذا لم أستغلهااستغلالاً أمثل أين تكمن المشكلة هل أنا السبب أم الآخرين الذين لا يقدرون ما أملك أم الظروف المحيطة أم ... أم ... إلخ
لماذا أرى بعض من هم أقل مني موهبةأراهم قد استثمروا مواهبهم استثمارًا رائعاً بينما أنا لم أفعل ذلك ؟؟ لماذا .. و كيف ؟؟
هذه وغيرها من التساؤلات لطالما خاطبنا بها أنفسنا باحثين لها عن إجابات شافية ولكن دون جدوى .. أليس كذلك ؟!ا
الإجابة في هذا الكتاب ... إنه يعلمنا كيف نحرر مواهبنا من قيودها

Fernando Sosaya
Aug 10, 2011 Fernando Sosaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really helped me to think about how can I be better. Even if I think I have not found my talent to do something... because I'm good at nothing. This book tells me to use these qualities that John C. Maxwell points... and maybe if I follow them, I will become great even with my lack of talent. That would be amazing... I'd like to exploit the minimum talent I have. Also, after I read "17 essential qualities of a team player" I realized with the knowledge I got from "Talent is never enoug ...more
Aug 31, 2008 Kelvin rated it liked it
don't let my three star rating fool you. I think this is a pretty solid book but like a teacher on a bell curve I have to be stingy with my rating system. one thing i have learned by reading this book is that talented people are often time their own worst enemy.. it made me sit back and evaluate my ways and what i considered to be my personal talents. the line for the book that hit me most was this: "when it comes to believing in themselves people are simply agnostic!" yeah chew on that for a mi ...more
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استعرت هذا الكتاب من صديقي الحبيب علي عبد الهادي الحسناني وكان الكتاب الوحيد لمؤلف إنجليزي يدعى جون سي . ماكسويل ضمن كتب كثيرة بالعربية ولم أكن حينها أقرأ الكتب المترجمة ولا أرتاح لها حتى هذه اللحظة خاصة التي تخص تطوير الذات التي كثرت هذه الأيام نظراً لحاجة السوق وطلبات الشارع التجاري .

الكتاب كان بمثابة الصدمة لكل معتقداتي السابقة وتصوراتي الذهنية السالفة التي كانت تقدر الموهبة وترى فيها كل شيء وأنها الطريق نحو النجاح والثراء وتحقيق الذات لأكتشف بعد قراءة فصول وأبواب هذا الك
Alison Livingston
May 25, 2010 Alison Livingston rated it it was amazing
This does what "Talent is Overrated" and "Outliers" fails to do, it gives you concrete steps on how to be a talent plus person. Talent is as common as table salt, but a talent plus person is rare. This book is filled with advice on how to be a talent plus person. I enjoyed it and will read it again!
Maynard Jansi
Jun 03, 2015 Maynard Jansi rated it it was amazing
Este libro ha descubierto y explicado el misterio del por que tantos talentos no llegan a mucho en su estadia en la tierra, despues de leerlo estoy totalmente conciente de que debo trabajar más en ciertos puntos que llevaran a mi talento a su maxima expresión
Adewale Odumeru
Apr 07, 2015 Adewale Odumeru rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliantly written book,letting me understand i can't stand out with my talent alone.john c maxwell is a great writer,he gave 13 points,which one has to live to be a talent plus person. good book! brilliant author!
Tony Jr.
Feb 04, 2015 Tony Jr. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Another great work from John Maxwell teaching the choices you need to make to get the most from your talent.

My favorite chapters were Character protects your Talent and Teamwork multiples your Talent. A great read
Micah Grant
Nov 09, 2015 Micah Grant rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-improvement
As always John Maxwell delivers great advice with great examples. I even got my 13 year old daughter to listen to some of it and she enjoyed it enough to listen to more of it later in the day.
Reem Adam
Sep 09, 2013 Reem Adam rated it it was amazing
الكتاب ده كان اول كتاب قريته في التنميه البشريه من اوله لاخره وكتاب شيق وممتع وبسيط
غير تفكيري عن الحياه تماما وخلاني ابصلها من منظور تاني خالص وغير عندي مفاهيم كتير جدا
بجد مممتاااااااااز
Bernard Bentley
Mar 03, 2014 Bernard Bentley rated it it was amazing
Talent is never enough. Everyone has talent but it takes character to succeed and to remain successful. John Maxwell one of my all time favorite authors and public speakers.
Marcos Vieira
Apr 21, 2016 Marcos Vieira rated it really liked it
Bom e abrangente. Jonh Maxwell, diferente do que eu imaginava, foca mais na área de liderança e como desenvolvê-la, muito por conta de sua trajetória e experiência. Não é um livro que apresenta muitos dados científicos sobre o assunto mas que procura mostrar, através de histórias de pessoas notáveis, porquê o talento não é o fator determinante para uma trajetória de sucesso e quais outros fatores são importantes. Apesar de deixar claro sua crença no talento inato (diferente do que acredito), a c ...more
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Adegoke Obasa
Jan 14, 2015 Adegoke Obasa rated it it was amazing
This book taught me a lot, no matter how talented you are, you need to do some things for you to attain the best.
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente libro para tomar mejores decisiones en cuanto a nuestro talento

Libro obligatorio para toda persona.

En una época donde sobrevaloramos el talento, es vital que todos nos encontramos con un excelente material, donde John C. Maxwell nos demuestra que se necesita más que talento para lograr el éxito, y se necesitan más que simples decisiones para que nuestro talento sirva.

En 13 muy buenos capítulos, el autor brinda excelentes historias, muy buenas herramientas y un sinnúmero de ejercicios p
Grace Onyebuolise
May 26, 2016 Grace Onyebuolise rated it it was amazing
Awesome read for anyone whom desire is to succeed.
Jun 13, 2011 Apollo73 rated it really liked it
My very 1st Maxwell's and it was mind-blowing!
Dec 15, 2009 E rated it really liked it
Inspirational guide to maximizing your talent

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 m
Pharm Matthew
Dec 23, 2014 Pharm Matthew rated it it was amazing
No amount of words is worth retaining except one practiced by the speaker. A big task is done by efficiently doing individual tasks very well. I like the way Maxwell went about writing this book. It is chronological, practical and easy to follow. He speaks what is already obvious but in a way so unpredictable. I was talented but could not publish a book till i read this one. It gives a sense of responsibility that makes talent noticeable. I didn't waste my time reading this.
Jorge Rosas
I’m exhausted; this book goes from a decent management / leadership book to a religious indoctrination one in the last part. Essentially it tell us that in order to achieve success talent is not enough, meaning that the personal abilities should be complemented with thirteen proposed concepts to be developed. I got a few good book recommendations but as he constantly mentions his own books I just couldn’t avoid thinking that Gilderoy Lockhart’s “Magical Me” must look something like this.
This book explains why may talented people do not reach their true potential. It is not so much that people have limits to their talent, but more they limit the value of their own talents. It goes on to list areas we can work at to get more out of our talents. This is a good book for anyone that wants to be more successful in life.
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