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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
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Published March 8th 2000 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Marwan Alamoudi
Jan 02, 2013 Marwan Alamoudi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Wafaa Golden
Jan 20, 2016 Wafaa Golden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الفشل البنّاء
رشّح لي ابن أخي القارئ النّاشئ هذا الكتاب وذكر أنّه يعتبره من جملة أفضل الكتب التي قرأها حتّى الآن..
فاستعرته منه وبدأتُ به وأنا على ثقة أنّي سأجده كما ذكر..
وبالفعل لم يخب ظنّي..
يهمّني بين الفينة والأخرى أن أقرأ كتب كهذه، كوني على اتّصال مباشر مع فتيات في سنّ المراهقة وفي بداية مشوارهم في هذه الحياة..
فهي تفيدهم وتجذبهم بالإضافة إلى أنّها تعطيهم مفتاحاً يستطيعون استخدامه إن أشكل عليهم شيء في طريقهم..
يتحدّث الكتاب عن كيفيّة النّظر إلى الأمور السّيّئة بمنظور إيجابي محفّز..
وكيف علينا أن
Greg Frucci
Aug 08, 2013 Greg Frucci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wisdom, leadership
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
Jan 31, 2010 Danny rated it really liked it
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
Abdulmohsen 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.
ريلينا  بيسكرافت
الكتاب رائع فعلا :)

وبما انني ارى نفسي من الاشخاص الفاشلين غير القادرين على فعل اي شئ مفيد والنجاح به
فقد ساعدني بوضع يدي على اغلب المشكلات التي اعاني منها
وان شاء الله ابدأ بالتنفيذ وحلها :)

اعجبني فيه انه كان في البداية الكتاب يذكر المشكلة ثم يقدم لك ومن بعدها يأتي بقصة صغيرة لتوضح لك كيف يتم حل المشكلة

اهم شئ تعلمته منه هو انه لكي تنجح عليك ان تغير من نفسك ومن طريقة تفكيرك لكي تستطيع تحدي المشاكل والصعاب

انصح بقراءته فعلا :)

Jan 02, 2012 Sheryl rated it it was amazing
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
Bethany Baird
Feb 17, 2016 Bethany Baird rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I'm going to read this again with my teenagers. The first part I felt like I knew already but as I read more in this book there was a lot of helpful how to advice and practical steps to live out what he was saying and I appreciated that. One of the quotes at the end "Schools teach the technical disciplines such as math and science, but not about mental health. What they need to teach is how to deal with probl
Dec 12, 2009 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Sep 16, 2015 Ido rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
There are only two roads to take in life:

רוצים לשמוע אותי מדבר על הספר? !צפו בוידאו סיקור :-)

One is smooth and easy and anyone who wishes, will arrive shortly to
it's destination: mediocrity.

The second is hidden at first, and when exposed is frightening: long and full of inconsistencies and obstacles. The only reason one might walk this road is the potential unending rewards along the way and summits.

Two roads. One promises a casual walk with little rewards,
the other promises a long painfu
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
Mary May
I learned that mistakes are not your foe but actually your fiend if yo use them to improve yourself.
Malik Aljabri
Jun 03, 2016 Malik Aljabri rated it really liked it
إستمعت له ككتاب صوتي ، به الكثير من المعلومات المفيده ...
Mark Anthony  Howard
John Maxwell is my guy. I basically raised myself upon his literature. His books are so practical and empowering and this one is nothing short of same amazing quality. Failing Forward is a John C. Maxwell classic to me and I still go back time to time and reference it. I've even seen several mainstream duplications by authors.

Personally this book was a slow read for myself but I appreciated so many of the points and perspective. As an entrepreneur I take business failures so personal. This was
Dec 13, 2009 Robb rated it really liked it
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
Oct 27, 2012 Ursula rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-development
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
Chase Parsley
Aug 31, 2015 Chase Parsley rated it it was amazing
This is my first exposure to John Maxwell and is one of the best self-improvement books I have ever come across. Author Maxwelll reminds me a lot of Dale Carnegie in the sense that his simple and profound points of wisdom are peppered with inspirational side stories and common sense advice. I didn't feel preached to at all in this book which was refreshing. The book's premise is that life is full of mistakes, and the goal is to turn them into positives.

I read this book at a difficult time in my
Aug 01, 2013 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Atheer Naeem
Jun 27, 2015 Atheer Naeem rated it liked it
Another " How to " american book ..
I think i only like these books when im going through bad times, because i dont accept advices from people around me .. But it's a good book to cheer you and remind u that u still can do what u think u failed to !
Oct 02, 2011 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: john-maxwell
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
David Sweet
Great motivational book. Kept me positive throughout the time I was reading it.
Edwin Ho
Dec 20, 2011 Edwin Ho rated it it was amazing
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
Hor Haithm
Jul 25, 2015 Hor Haithm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"العديد من الفاشلين فى الحياة هم أناس لم يدركوا كم كانوا قريبين من النجاح حين استسلموا"
"أنا لست فاشلا لقد أخفقت فى أداء الأمر وحسب"
"الخطوة الأولى لعلاج الفشل هى أن تتعلم ألا تأخذه على محمل شخصى"
"يجب أن تعمل لتجلب لنفسك الشعور الإيجابى،لا أن تنتظر حتى تهبط عليك المشاعر الإيجابية لتدفعك للأمام"
"لا تهدر طاقتك فى محاولة التستر على الفشل.تعلم من أخطائك وانتقل إلى التحدى التالى"
"العديد من الناس عندما يخطئون يستمرون بعناد فى نفس الطريق،وينتهى بهم الأمر إلى ارتكاب نفس الأخطاء.إننى أؤمن بالشعار القائل:حا
Apr 14, 2015 Buck rated it it was amazing
The book I read was Failing Forward, and the author was John C. Maxwell. The book was about how people are failing in life, and turn out to become a lifetime of success. It shows how people prepare for failure when it happens. The thing I liked most about this book was that it provides examples of real people in life. It showed that sometimes when people fail, they find success in life after their failure. When you fail you just have to remember that there is always another plan that God has for ...more
Andrew Hartley
Mar 16, 2008 Andrew Hartley rated it really liked it
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!
Ged Cusack
Jul 28, 2016 Ged Cusack rated it really liked it
Here we are presented with a book that covers (in depth) the subject of how to benefit from failure.
We are provided a 15 step program to focusing on failure as a tool in your arsenal rather than a permanent obstacle.
The first step states that “There is a major difference between the average person and high achievers”, that difference being their view on failure.
In previous books such as “The Winning Attitude”, Maxwell alluded to the idea that failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Here the whol
Arcyllin Arcilla
May 25, 2009 Arcyllin Arcilla rated it really liked it
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.
Sujata Sahni
Success is not final and failure is not fatal. Infact failure is the hallmark of success like when a baby learns to walk, he/she falls several times and ultimately succeeds in walking and achieving what it has worked for.

Steps to failing forward :

Realise that there is one difference between average people and achieving people
Learn a new definition of failure
Remove the "you" from failure
Take action and reduce fear
Change your response to failure by accepting responsibility
Don't let the failure
Mohamed Labadi
May 19, 2014 Mohamed Labadi rated it it was amazing
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.
Lu Tu
Oct 10, 2014 Lu Tu rated it it was amazing
open your heart for failing, accept it, learn from it and keep failing forward.... things is always easy said than done. But you will be no where without try doing something, so, why dont we try failing with a better gratitude and appreciate the failed situation? .... as people use to say.... no pain .... no gain...
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John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 16 million books. His organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and INJOY Stewardship Services. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and audiences as diverse as the United States Military Ac ...more
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“In life, the question is not if you will have problems, but how you are going to deal with your problems. If the possibility of failure were erased, what would you attempt to achieve?

The essence of man is imperfection. Know that you're going to make mistakes. The fellow who never makes a mistake takes his orders from one who does. Wake up and realize this: Failure is simply a price we pay to achieve success.

Achievers are given multiple reasons to believe they are failures. But in spite of that, they persevere. The average for entrepreneurs is 3.8 failures before they finally make it in business.

When achievers fail, they see it as a momentary event, not a lifelong epidemic.

Procrastination is too high a price to pay for fear of failure. To conquer fear, you have to feel the fear and take action anyway. Forget motivation. Just do it. Act your way into feeling, not wait for positive emotions to carry you forward.

Recognize that you will spend much of your life making mistakes. If you can take action and keep making mistakes, you gain experience.

Life is playing a poor hand well. The greatest battle you wage against failure occurs on the inside, not the outside.

Why worry about things you can't control when you can keep yourself busy controlling the things that depend on you?

Handicaps can only disable us if we let them. If you are continually experiencing trouble or facing obstacles, then you should check to make sure that you are not the problem.

Be more concerned with what you can give rather than what you can get because giving truly is the highest level of living.

Embrace adversity and make failure a regular part of your life. If you're not failing, you're probably not really moving forward.

Everything in life brings risk. It's true that you risk failure if you try something bold because you might miss it. But you also risk failure if you stand still and don't try anything new.

The less you venture out, the greater your risk of failure. Ironically the more you risk failure — and actually fail — the greater your chances of success.

If you are succeeding in everything you do, then you're probably not pushing yourself hard enough. And that means you're not taking enough risks. You risk because you have something of value you want to achieve.

The more you do, the more you fail. The more you fail, the more you learn. The more you learn, the better you get.

Determining what went wrong in a situation has value. But taking that analysis another step and figuring out how to use it to your benefit is the real difference maker when it comes to failing forward. Don't let your learning lead to knowledge; let your learning lead to action.

The last time you failed, did you stop trying because you failed, or did you fail because you stopped trying?

Commitment makes you capable of failing forward until you reach your goals. Cutting corners is really a sign of impatience and poor self-discipline.

Successful people have learned to do what does not come naturally. Nothing worth achieving comes easily. The only way to fail forward and achieve your dreams is to cultivate tenacity and persistence.

Never say die. Never be satisfied. Be stubborn. Be persistent. Integrity is a must. Anything worth having is worth striving for with all your might.

If we look long enough for what we want in life we are almost sure to find it. Success is in the journey, the continual process. And no matter how hard you work, you will not create the perfect plan or execute it without error. You will never get to the point that you no longer make mistakes, that you no longer fail.

The next time you find yourself envying what successful people have achieved, recognize that they have probably gone through many negative experiences that you cannot see on the surface.

Fail early, fail often, but always fail forward.”
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