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Sometimes You Win--Sometimes You Learn: Life's Greatest Lessons Are Gained from Our Losses

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John Maxwell believes that the greatest lessons we learn in life are from our losses. Everyone experiences loss, but not everyone learns from it. In Sometimes You Win--Sometimes You Learn, Dr. Maxwell explores the most common lessons we learn when we experience loss. He then explains how to turn a set-back into a step forward by examining the eleven elements that make up t ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Center Street (first published January 1st 2013)
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The Book Man
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you have experienced failure and it still holds onto you, then this book is for YOU! :)

I would like to share some of my favorite notes I took while reading,

~ “How does a humble person learn from mistakes? By pausing and reflecting. I strongly believe that experience isn’t the best teacher; evaluated experience is.”
~ “Wisely humble people are never afraid to admit they were wrong. When they do it’s like saying they’re wiser today than they were yesterday.”
~ “Responsibility is the most importa
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Farshad Asl
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed this book. You always can go from " failure" to success but you never can go from "excuses" to success.
It's a great book and John is sharing what he has learned from his own and other people's mistakes. I love the book...I would recommend!
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Denise Morse
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
This book couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I was dealing with a difficult work situation and getting very angry and reading this book helped put it all into perspective. Life isnt easy but it can be better and more fulfilling if you look at negatives as a way to learn and grow. It is all about perspective and looking forwards to self improvement.

From the opening beautiful into by the late John Wooden through the amazingly inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout, John C. Maxwell doe
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Laura Thompson
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
While there were some great nuggets in this book, there is nothing new or original. In fact, the author spends most of his time quoting others. The title could be "Everything Everyone Else Said About Learning". ...more
Michelle Sauvageau
Sep 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book really resonated with me - as a competitive person who hates to lose and/or fail, an important lesson I’ve had to learn over the course of my life is to use failures as learning opportunities to grow and get better. Every lesson in this book is a fairly simple or straight forward concept, but hard to actually execute in life.

Some favorite quotes:
- “Don’t open a can of worms unless you’re prepared to go fishing”
- “Forget the failure, remember the lesson”
- “Small improvements lead to su
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LAMONT D
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ONE OF HIS BETTER BOOKS THAT I AM SURE I HAD READ BEFORE; GOOD TO READ IT AGAIN. ALWAYS CHALLENGING IN HIS THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO, YOU CAN APPLY THESE TO YOUR LIFE TO BECOME A BETTER LEADER AND PERSON. HE ALWAYS GIVES YOU LOTS OF STORIES AND QUOTES THAT REINFORCES THE POINTS HE IS TRYING TO MAKE - HOW TO LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES.
Alexandra
2/18/18 $1.99 for Kindle.
Gh .
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank u Dr.Rana
Mark Fallon
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Reading a book by Maxwell is like panning for gold - you have to go through a lot of sand and mud to find a few nuggets. A few are worth the hunt.
Katherine Coble
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good inspiration and reminders that we control more than we think and that everyone fails. If you aren't failing, you aren't trying. ...more
Jonathan
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some books are good, others are great!

I pretty much underlined the whole book.
The hardest part is applying it.
I hope I can learn from my mistakes!
Lydia Howe
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
This was a great book and a timely read. It’s hard for me to let go of my desire to be perfect and to try new things that I might get wrong, but that’s such an important part of learning and growing.

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of things that I’m unfamiliar with, and giving myself permission to not always be right, but to learn from my mistakes, is important.

I highly recommend Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn and think it’s one of the best John Maxwell books I’ve read.
Melissa
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was full of cliches. At times I was like hey did this dude sit down at my last training for work and takes notes cause the stuff he was presenting in this book is super similar.

Add to that that he relies a lot on quotes from others (who often say his point better than he does) and it's like right all of this has been said before.

Not to give him no credit at times the information is presented in an interesting way. And there are some useful things in here. But overall this is nothing
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Martin
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover—what about by its title? This self-help book is filled to the brim with anecdotes, but at the end of the day, none of the pages in between the cover really stick. A classic example of a hodgepodge of stories to disguise a lack of substance. Also maybe it's because I'm not a retired white guy, but I find golfing metaphors cliche and uninspiring. Don't waste your time with this one: the only message you'll remember is already clear from simply glanc ...more
Bill Donhiser
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by John Maxwell. I am impressed by this author with every new book he writes. Easy to read full of easy to understand information. It is a great resource for those of us who have to lead and any one who wishes to be a leader
Debbie
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lots of positive advice and practical suggestions for learning everyday. Filled with several humorous and touching antidotes about real people. The ultimate learning experience is evaluating and proceeding forward with a flexible plan. The title was attention - getting for me.
Patrick Clancy
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Mostly quotes. The book itself has an okay premise but really it’s full of other people’s stories quotes and sayings. The cover basically tells you what the next 200 pages all say. Although some of the quotes are interesting and some of the history lessons on other people’s failure are interesting.
Beverly
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Learned alot with this book.
Dan Albrecht
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Short, simple, profound, phenomenal. If you have experienced failure and it still holds onto you, read this. This book is the one. And it's funny! ...more
Joseph Rwabose
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book on #Learning, especially from setbacks. John Maxwell shares 13 key fundamentals about learning.

No.2 spoke to me the most: HIMILITY: The spirit of learning
Jad Dizon
Life Changing Read! :D
Travis
Another Impact Theory reading list book.

I've never read John C. Maxwell, but apparently he's written over 70 books on leadership (and he lets you know that!). Given his long history with the subject, he is full of research and quotes and insights... from other people. There's nothing wrong with synthesizing information, especially nowadays in our world of information overload. As Tony Robbins said, "We're drowning in information, but we're starving for wisdom" (Tony is no stranger to using ideas
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Tuba
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's one of the best books I've ever read. I like it and I definitely recommend it to every person who wants to improve his/her self. But there are 2 things which I didn't like about:

1 - It's somehow too long so I couldn't read it day after day so after I finished reading almost half of it, I started another book then I returned back to it and continued reading ^^
2 - In 2 chapters of it the author used MUCH MUCH of quotes so that made me feel bored.

IT'S APPROPRIATE FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS SPECIAL
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Jellian
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book that I’ve read from this author, Sir John Maxwell. There’s a pang of regret on my part, why I only started reading his works now. I am fully grateful for the inspiration and hope that this book has given me. It is good and relieving to know that successful people also make numerous mistakes and stupidities. However, what set them apart from ordinary people is how they deal with them.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is this: “We need to expect mistakes, failures, an
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Lisa
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first John Maxwell book and it's like having an educational chat with your kindly, older pastor, experienced in psychology and humanity. The message of the book is in the title. Maxwell outlines 11 traits that successful people develop to learn from their mistakes and losses to create a successful life. The text is liberally sprinkled with quotes and stories and his outline is clear and easy to follow. Worth the read, though not destined to be a classic in the personal growth genre. ...more
Jane Paula
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The common theme of this book is the value of learning. We all experience losses and failures, but not all of us harness the lessons from such experiences. John Maxwell reminds us of the value of actively seeking the lessons from everyone of such experiences. By seeking to learn continually, we grow, and by growing, recovering from our losses and, eventually winning, is inevitable.
I was inspired very much with the many wise quotes on the subject of learning throughout the book. Its a great read
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Shirin
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Optimism is the belief that things will get better. Hope is the faith that, together we can make things better. Optimism is a passive virtue, hope an active one. It takes no courage to be an optimist, but it takes a great deal of courage to have hope."_
This is only one of the many inspirational quotes in Maxwell's book that deeply touches the soul.
Highly recommended for anyone facing hardships in career, life etc. and needs positive mentoring.
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Toby Brennen
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Maxwell in “Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn” presents the case that our learning comes from our failures and to be successful we need to be able to learn from our mistakes. Filled with every ‘positivity quote’ that I’ve heard over the past 15 years, it is uplifting, thought provoking and motivational. Although an easy read, I found the style stiff and formal - like I was reading a puffed up outline.
Alexander Rivas
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books-read
I enjoyed the theory behind this book because it turns hard moments into something of great value. We all experience failure, but it is essential to learn from the failures, which in most cases is more valuable than winning. All the case studies that support his theory are fascinating, and most of the advice is practical enough to apply in most failures we all experience. As a father, this is a strategy that I'll teach my kids and use myself. ...more
Darshan
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Standard" self improvement maxims but sometimes that's all you need. There's a reason John is such a well respected figure in the area of leadership - the way he elucidates his ideas is easy to digest and makes you want to keep reading. The many quotes and personal and historical anecdotes breakup the would be monotony. Definitely a fantastic read that I would recommend to anyone willing to work on themselves. ...more
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