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No Limits: Blow the CAP Off Your Capacity

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  662 ratings  ·  96 reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling author John C. Maxwell's latest book will enhance the lives of leaders, professionals, and anyone who wants to achieve success and personal growth.We often treat the word capacity as if it were a natural law of limitation. Unfortunately, most of us are much more comfortable defining what we perceive as off limits rather than what's really poss ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Center Street (first published January 5th 2017)
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
I have long admired Mr. Maxwell and his amazing ability to teach lead and dig down to the crux of the subject. His insight is amazing and as I was reading this book I realize that he is the type of person that never stops wanting to better himself or others. I admire that and know that is something I have to work on.

I often feel frustrated in my business because I feel like it gets to a certain level and then stumbling blocks are put in my way. While this is a typical scenario for every business
Lydia Howe
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was required reading at my job, and it was well worth it! It is just shy of five stars for me, and I look forward to re-reading parts of it in the near future.

The book was interesting, thought-provoking, practical, helpful, and well written.

John Maxwell has written dozens of books and sold millions of copies, and yet he hasn't run out of good material to share with the world. It's clear to see that he really cares about others and is writing because he genuinely wants to help others g
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I choose to read No Limits Blow the Cap off your Capacity by John C.Maxwell because I do strongly believe in the capacity of every man or woman to be successful in this society.

And yes I think that there are no limits although sometimes there are many limits for most of people and John C.Maxwell will help the reader to discover his/her potentialities, suggesting which ones are the strongest caps that must be removed for becoming successful for most of us.

The book will be released this March 7th
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Though he’ll be 70 this year, John C. Maxwell is still going strong. No Limits, his latest book, gives readers an understanding of what drives him with lots of how-to on staying productive themselves long after one would expect their batteries to be drained.

The book’s organization is based on Maxwell’s formula for reaching maximum capacity: “If you grow in your awareness, develop your abilities and make the right choices, you can reach your capacity” – p. 2.

The first section of only two chapters
Debbie Okrainetz
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this letter into a new journal:
"Dear friend, The greatest story every told can only be written by you. I want you to fill these blank pages with intentional acts of kindness that add value to people. Everyday let your words be a record of how you are making a positive difference in the lives of others. Start now and intentionally make a great story with your life."

Also Mother Teresa was quoted: Let no one every come to you without leaving better and happier. Be a living expression of God
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Normally I am a huge John Maxwell fan - I’ve read over 10 of his books at a minimum, but I am not sure why this book didn’t vibe with me. I almost think it’s because I have read so many of his previous books that it just felt like a recycled version of his other books and promotion and advertisements for them. I really struggled to finish it because of this. There was some good content but especially if you haven’t read other works by him but I really think he needs to find a different subject t ...more
Edward Reed
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book by my mentor and friend. John's wisdom and insight outlines excellent points for anyone to grow outside of their comfort zone.
Jola Van Dijk
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book. I have already used the part about emotional capacity to help someone and love the apart about making choices. Don't close a door to quite but close a door to open a better door, and the question to help you make that decision
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A motivational book - Review to follow.
Christopher Lawson
As Long As You’re Breathing, You Have Places To Go And Ways To Grow

In NO LIMITS: BLOW THE CAP OFF YOUR CAPACITY, John Maxwell presents a giant assortment of hugely encouraging ideas. Here’s the theme of this book: To really grow your capacity, you must be AWARE, DEVELOP ABILITIES, and make right CHOICES. Here’s how the author puts it:


After just a few minutes of reading, I actually felt more optimistic. Plus, it was obvious to me that the author really wan
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Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!

If you are feeling down, all you need to do is pick up a John C. Maxwell book and you are guaranteed to become empowered fast. To me, there is nothing greater than the mini pep talks on every page.

So many books encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and work on learning new things. In this latest work by the management genius, Maxwell tells you how to increase your capacity by concentrat
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Way too scattershot of an approach to self-help writing. Each chapter is short, very general, and superficial. This book is basically a series of loosely related blog posts about improving in a variety of skills, talents, and "capacities" - but that approach limits the value that you can get out of any one section, and it seems to regurgitate a lot of advice from other writers and from Maxwell's other books. A substantial portion of the text in the book is direct quotes from other books, etc.
Bob Wallner
May 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: leadership, execution
This was my least favorite John Maxwell book. It seems to be missing the passion he had when he wrote so many other books. As much as I truly respect Maxwell and his writing, this book seems forced.

It seemed as he took so many of his best stories and tried to fit them into a productivity book. I really feel this was outside of his specialty. I applaud him for taking the risk but I'm not sure it paid off, for me at least.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: leadership
This book was given to me by my father-in-law who I have realized recently has a lot of faith in me and believes I can accomplish a whole lot more than even I believe.

I have been doing a lot of self-reflection and evaluating of my career and life goals lately. In the last year I was part of a year-long leadership building program through work, and that really opened my eyes to what it means to be a true "leader". I also found through that program that people already regard me as one a lot more t
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wanted to become more successful or a better person? Are you stuck, looking for advice or just simply feel like you've reached your limits as a person and don't know any other way, well than I recommend you pick up this book "No Limits" by John Maxwell. He helps the reader begin to recognize areas in our lives where we cannot change the history, such as our family, birthplace or relatives, but we can change what we create. We are able to create our friends, homes, neighborhoods, jo ...more
Geetanjali Mukherjee
* I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I've been looking for a book on this subject for a while, and when I came across this book I was really excited. I am grateful to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. It felt like every word had been written exclusively for me.

I am a huge fan of John Maxwell's books, but unlike most of the others I have read, which were more geared towards business executives, this book is for anyone looking to expand
Susan Shipe
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
John C. Maxwell never disappoints. In NO LIMITS, he explores capacity, limitations, development, emotions and many other factors of living with no limits!

Is age a limitation? Is your attitude? Is your people interaction? How about your capacity for thinking?

One of my favorites? Spiritual Capacity -- your choice to strengthen your faith. Maxwell writes about HIS faith and tells the reader "if this chapter offends you? skip over it!" But he "HAS TO" write it. Why? Because his faith choice is inst
David Skinner
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I made notes on nearly every single page of this book. Maxwell masterfully gives practical advice on how to expand your mental capacity, your leadership capacity, your discipline capacity, etc.

The one practical take away that I implemented right away is that when I hear a new idea that could benefit my life in anyway, I make a point to figure out a way to implement the idea and not procrastinate applying the knowledge that I learned. This way you become the type of person who acts immediately on
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Expands the perspective of our ability to be more successful!
This is the first book I read of the author and I found it very warm and landed; the content is based on the process and mastery that he himself has experienced. It is written with an excellent balance between valuable content and interesting anecdotes, which allows a fluid reading. It conveys a very consistent message, excellently well articulated, there are no words of filling but relevant information, there is no doubt that it is a
Jenny Chin
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-list
not the best book in the grow your potential
the best nuggets I recall are:
the night before think of everyone you will be meeting the next day. how can I better serve those persons. if I think of ways to make their lives better, I will enhance everyone, myself included.
partner with someone you trust, can accomplish more
partner with God
a lot of reminders to refresh my memory
Maxwell is 70. He doesn't consider himself at the end of his life or those last chapters but he lives with vibrancy and set h
Martin Crowhurst
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
John Maxwell is amazing. He churns out material as if he just opens his mouth and a book flows out! What I love is how his life reflects what he writes about. The way he empowers others, launches networks and has built a family clan that attend family events that he organises is amazing. He is an amazing man of influence. Whilst reading him always gives me insight, I rarely finish thinking anything was stand out or life changing. He just helps me aim higher, and be smarter in how I get there. A ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Initially, I felt this book carried similar themes to most other Maxwell books. He loves people, he is social, loves to dine with friends, wants to develop and grow others. I actually put the book down for some time. the last portion was far better, especially the chapters on abundance, intentionally, and spiritual capacities. if you're new to Maxwell, this would be a great introductions to his works. if you've followed him for years, this might be a good refresher of what he focuses on.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
John C. Maxwell is my favorite management writer of all time. This book is another gem of his pen. This book really gives you manny ideas and suggestions on being a better person by growing your own skill and the skills of others. It has a large base of examples to bring the theory to life. I would heartily recommend this book to any one who wants to grow his personal and professionally skill set
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
John Maxwell challenges me in his motivational writing to enlarge my capacity in every area of my life. John’s wisdom inspires me to live beyond my own limitation. There is no limitation in our life, we are the only one who set the boundaries to achieve more.

A must read book for everyone who wants to be successful in their life.

Thank You Netgalley for this book
Santosh Durgavajjala
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: attitude
Every time I open this book, the author challenges us to elevate our thought process towards success! There is so much to accomplish in life and everyone of us can push the boundaries of our capacity with discipline, focused and consistent action. Definitely recommended to anyone who is looking to achieve and excel more than their limits
Bob Templeton
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding Book

I found John’s book to be inspiring and insightful. I purposely read it slowly so that each day a little more of the truths it holds could sink in and motivate me to keep on growing. I know a lot of people think they don’t need to learn anything new after a certain age, well I just turned 65 and my goal is to never stop growing and getting better!
LaTania Moore
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent teaching

I really found myself in this book. The things I needed to know to be a better leader. My Pastor chose this book for the leaders in our ministry to study as a group and it has been life altering. I recommend for any leader in ministry or anyone that is in leadership in a business. You’ll stay with it and it will stay with you.
Pauline Lee
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This year as I started getting coached, I was also given this book by my coach. Once you start reading, you just can't stop. If you're like me and trying to find out what you need to do to unleash that great potential of yours and to be the better version of yourself, this can be a great workbook with all the right questions and answers you need to find that out.
Jarmaine Alcantara
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
I am amazed on how John Maxwell was able to create a 300-page book of self-help cliches. I only read this one because it's on our bookshelf. Didn't finish it.However, the cap story is memorable and would be something I'll be going back to whenever I'm limiting myself. I'm just glad that the story was on the first part of the book.
Julia Hazlet
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy obsession lol. This is a re-read book and great for someone who's been studying leadership for a long time or someone who's just getting started. The take aways will be very different but it sets the stage for where you can go with leadership and maximizing your own potential
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