Failing Forward: How to Make the Most of Your Mistakes
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Failing Forward: How to Make the Most of Your Mistakes

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The major difference between achieving people and average people is their perception of and response to failure. John C. Maxwell takes a closer look at failure-and reveals that the secret of moving beyond failure is to use it as a lesson and a stepping-stone. He covers the top reasons people fail and shows how to master fear instead of being mastered by it. Readers will di...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 8th 2000 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published January 1st 2000)
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Marwan Alamoudi
قصتي مع الكتاب: قبل قراءة الكتاب كنت أواجه أوقات صعبة وخيارات متقاربة لتحديد أمور مستقبليةوقراراتي كانت تصطدم بذكريات سيئة وفاشلة في الماضي, وتأثرت نفسيا بسبب ضغط التفكير المستمر.

قرأت هذا الكتاب وجدت نفسي فيه, وجدته هو من انتشلني من زحمة التفكير و والضغط النفسي لمواجهة هذا الماضي السيئ ومن ثم تحديد ما أريده بلا تأثيرات سابقة مباشرة وغير مباشرة, كنت اقرأ أخطائي مع كل صفحة.

فعلا بداية التغيير ونقطة انطلاق كبيرة في حياتي بسبب هذا الكتاب ربما سأعود لكم بالنتائج بعد سنوات اذا كان التأثير ايجابي أو سل...more
Greg Frucci
I began reading this book wondering why a mentor of mine suggested that I read it in the first place. I began the first few pages with the attitude of "yeah, yeah, yeah...I know all this stuff Mentor obviously has no clue who I am." I kept reading, then the note taking began...big-time. Hahaha...oh the humility I thought I possessed.

We have all heard the cliches before. The ones like, "we learn from our mistakes", etc. Yet, do you have an action plan in place for truly learning and...more
Some of my favorite quotes:
“People are training for success when they should be training for failure. Failure is far more common than success; poverty is more prevalent than wealth; and disappointment more normal than arrival.” J. Wallace Hamilton
“Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.“ Thomas A. Edison
To achieve your dreams, you must embrace adversity and make failure a part of your life. If you are not failing, you are probably...more
Life is a series of outcomes. Sometimes the outcome is what you want. Great. Figure out what you did right. Sometimes the outcome is what you don't want. Great. Figure out what you did so you don't do it again. ~~Psychologist Simone Caruthers

It was my high school friend, Alein N., who introduced me to one of the world’s finest motivational speaker, when he let me borrowed John C. Maxwell’s How to Become a Person of Influence. Since then, I have been an avid fan of John C. Maxwell, especially in...more
Abdulmohsin Alghareeb
الكتاب لم يقدم لي الشيء الجديد ، بل كان بمثابة تذكير لما كنت اعرفه مسبقا ، و ذلك يعود الى انني قرأت الكثير من الكتب في هذا المجال ، لكن الكتاب سيكون بداية ممتازة لمن لم يقرأ هذا النوع من الكتب.
يتكلم الكتاب عن امور شتى و لعل ابرزها هو الفشل و كيفية النهوض منه ، و اعجبني التفاعل بين الكاتب و القارئ و ذلك بطرح بعض الاسئلة ليجيب عنها القارئ و يقيم نفسه.
بالنهاية ، انصح الجميع بقراءة هذا الكتاب.
Excellent book, the only reason not 5 stars is because the writing style is simple, but a simple writing style is effective for what Maxwell is trying to accomplish. He basically convinced me well that mistakes and failures are necessary for creating a successful life, and to not allow them to stop me in my tracks. Also to not avoid avoid taking risks because of fear of failure. Many interesting stories of successful people and all the times they failed and persevered. My only suggestion would b...more
This is the type of book that you have to read in little doses to get the full effect. The basics of this book is how we handle failure. Within six chapters of the book I can say that it has impacted my life. The thing that stood out was the fact that how we handle failure is basically up to us. Failure is an inside job, so is success. It’s what happens on the inside, inside of us that determines if we fail forward or backward. The inside, our inner being and how we really look at life. How we h...more
"Failure is an inside job." That is the message of this book. It teaches us the difference between "average" people and those who achieve. That difference is how they view, and how they respond to "failure". We learn to redefine both failure and success - in terms of what we learn, of course. But it goes well beyond delivering a "There, there, things aren't so bad" message. It provides strategies for effective cognitive reframing, along with lots of inspiration, and examples we can identify with...more
Kevin Richardson
This is one of my all time favorite books, "Failing Forward" by John C. Maxwell. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has dealt with failure or disappointment in their life. You will gain a new perspective on failure and learn how to turn failure into a stepping stone for success. Through this book you will learn that the difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure. Maxwell will provide straight forward principles for overcoming fai...more
Edwin Ho
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It really helped me to see the bigger picture. As a previous perfectionist, I found it difficult to move on from my mistakes since I was very detail-oriented. The cost of a mistake seemed to be so daunting on my both my physical and mental health. All these years of working and making mistakes, it really took a toll on my body. Its principles really helped me to move on from my mistakes and not to take it so personally. I still review the book from day to day. It'...more
Andrew Hartley
Mar 16, 2008 Andrew Hartley rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: students, business-people, everyone
Recommended to Andrew by: Randy Daniels
Shelves: philosophy, business
Failing Forward is an excellent book for those who want to make a positive change in their lives, whether it be for business or personal reasons.

It's also fantastic for those who already know that failure is really just a learning experience on the way to massive success, but may need a reminder once in awhile.

Do yourself a favor and read this book if you want to turn your life around - or even if you just want to turn your small successes into huge, life-changing, incredible successes!
Arcyllin Arcilla
This was a timely read for me after experiencing a major challenge way back in college. I say timely because even if we all go past through trials in life, sometimes our failures cling to us and mar our confidence in ourselves, hamper our efforts of starting again and even the hopes of excelling. In Failing Forward, John Maxwell presents a new way of looking at the inevitable failures, that they are actually opportunities for us to move to a higher level, closer to our destinies.
I really enjoyed this book. The biggest lesson i learned from Maxwell that was transformational in how i quickly i rebound from mistakes is: Fail Fast. In essence, fail, learn what you did wrong, correct it & keep moving quickly. Don't sit in the mire, just learn & move on. Great advice, great book!
Mary May
I learned that mistakes are not your foe but actually your fiend if yo use them to improve yourself.
It was full of inspirational and motivational thoughts that helped me deal with life as a whole...
Jan 13, 2009 Kaisa added it
you just got to move on... no matter what! failure is but a part of success!
Monisha Taylor
Awesome and Inspirational. Failure is moving toward success not away from it.
It was my high school friend, Alein N., who introduced me to one of the world’s finest motivational speaker, when he let me borrowed John C. Maxwell’s How to Become a Person of Influence. Since then, I have been an avid fan of John C. Maxwell, especially in his book on 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

Before Christmas break started, I visited our university library to browse some books. Fortunately, I came across John Maxwell’s Failing Forward. After a quick reading on its cover page, I immedi...more
"If you really want to achieve your dreams, you've got to get out there and fail. Fail early, fail often, fail forward. Turn your mistakes into stepping stones for success."

I cannot begin to explain how much I loved this book. I learned so much and will be meditating on its lessons for years to come. Thank you John Maxwell. I feel so blessed.

I highly recommend this book.
Mohamed Labadi
Fail Fast ..

This book focuses on embracing failure and using them as fuel for successes!

The more mistakes you make early in life, the earlier you will successfully reach your goal. Learning a lot reflecting on my past mistakes and failure.
Encountering today's failure means you are one step closer to tomorrow's success.

Fail early, fail often, fail forward.
Chris Munson
If I could sum up ‘Failing Forward’ in a single word, I would choose ‘empowering.’ Like most individuals my journey through corporate America has been littered with management cliches like ‘failure is not an option’ or ‘flawless execution.’ Frankly, I’ve always thought these are bunk and if you are in an organization that uses them…get out now! In ‘Failing Forward’ Maxwell does a masterful job of laying out a framework where a normal human being can fail, learn from it, and eventually succeed. F...more
ahmed Tuaimah
this book is one of few book which attracted me very much , Stories that contained a great and wonderful , Written in an interesting and modern manner , This book aims to change your idea about ​​failure drastically, the Book is very helpful and I would recommend it for reading
Jane Wheeler
Everyone needs to read this book. I gave a copy to my 3 adult children. We are taught all through our life to "succeed". We are never taught that along the way we will have to fail a lot first. Our nation does not know how to handle failure or even to expect it.
For me, this is easily the most profound book I've read of John C Maxwell's some 60 books. Of course, I haven't read them all, but I have read many, yet this book stands apart. It stands apart for me because it is so full of encouragement with personal stories of people that struggled and made it, often, because of those struggles. Often we may think that these struggles are roadblocks in our way, but more often, they are just signs to help guide us to a better destination sometimes, or create a...more
I have started my interest on John Maxwell’s books after I read his 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork. I think his writing approach was well explained in a manner that it could be cognizable not only by professionals but by students too. I rated this work with four stars because I really like his comprehensiveness in writing empowered by situational experiences. It proves that the laws here are not only perceivable but rather doable.
I have never read any kind of books yet about success and failu...more
Bill Donhiser
I have read almost everything John Maxwell has written and he never fails to put out a good product. I know many say this stuff is common sense but it never hurts to be reminded about it. Well worth the time
Rev Bob Meeker
Great lesson

Great lesson

A lesson that every person should learn.How to go from failure to success without getting stuck in defeat, A great read.
John Maxwell tends to always present his "X Ways to __________" lists and those irritate me. The concept of "Failing Forward" is not new, the principles are not ground breaking. Maxwell presents his catchy slogan and goes about with his lists and his stories relevant to the theme. The stories are Maxwell's strongest point and they are to all his books. A story to demonstrate a principle is more likely to stick than the principle all by itself. If he leaned more on the stories and less on the "21...more
This was a pretty good book. One memorable quote was "Past hurts can make you bitter or better, the choice is yours." John Maxwell. I think this can be applied to circumstances and experiences as well.

Overall, the book has a good message to find ways to keep positive and learn from mistakes to eventually succeed. Some of the quotes were a bit predictable like "if you fail to learn, you learn to fail." Otherwise, there were some great stories from successful people like Mary Kay Ash, Truett Cath...more
This book has some excellent insight and teaches a good lesson. However, it is not earth-shattering. Maxwell keeps giving examples of those he calls normal folks and reminding us how we can succeed like them. But I think he does the reader a disservice by calling "normal" people like Macy, Amelia Earheart, and the founder of Famous Dave's. More down-to-earth examples would be much less daunting to the average reader, whereas instead we sit in awe of these folks and say, "Yes, they failed forward...more
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“God uses people who fail—'cause there aren't any other kind around.” 2 likes
“No, none of these things are the key. When it comes right down to it, I know of only one factor that separates those who consistently shine from those who don't: The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure. Nothing else has the same kind of impact on people's ability to achieve and to accomplish whatever their minds and hearts desire.” 2 likes
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