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Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success [Hardcover]

By John C. Maxwell (Author)
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Reveals how people from the Wright brothers to Mary Kay Ash, Arnold Palmer, and Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore developed the ability to take risks, learn from their mistakes, and profit from their failures

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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 discover that positive benefits can accompany negative experiences-if you have the right attitude. Chock full of action suggestions and real-life stores, Failing Forward is a strategic guide that will help men and women move beyond mistakes to fulfill their potential and achieve success.

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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   209
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.27" Width: 6.24" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2000
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785274308  
ISBN13  9780785274308  

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More About John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books in fifty languages. Often called America's #1 leadership authority, Maxwell was Identified as the most popular leadership expert in the world by Inc. magazine in 2014. And he has been voted the top leadership professional six years in a row on He is the founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 180 countries. Each year Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world's top business leaders. He can be followed at For more information about him visit

John C. Maxwell currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia. John C. Maxwell was born in 1947.

John C. Maxwell has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 101 (Thomas Nelson)
  2. EQUIP Leadership
  3. Giants of the Bible
  4. Jumpstart
  5. Successful People

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Reviews - What do customers think about Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success?

Practical   Mar 27, 2007
This is a practitioner's book. It shows that failure is inevitable but a good failure is one that moves an organization forward. Maxwell is known for his business books on many leadership topic; and while this one is not focused on leadership, it can be seen as a leader's MGT 101 when failure occurs. It is a good book.
A Must Read Book  Mar 8, 2007
Often times we think of failure as the end.......however, after reading this book, failure is an ongoing process to success. This book helps focus on the vision/dream and prepare you for the challenges and obstacles that you will experience.
If you are perfect, don't read this  Nov 11, 2006
This book helps to put the reality of life in perspective. How we look at things makes all the difference in the world for you and everyone around you. John Maxwell will open your eyes to a whole new way of thinking that will help you overcome fear and doubt in your life as well as prepare you to help others.
For When Life Kicks You in the Teeth .....  Oct 15, 2006
Maxwell offers a jolt of motivational caffeine to propel us through our mistakes, failures and setbacks. Use the book to help you bounce back or to prepare yoursekf when you need to summon those emotional reserves.
This is certainly a marvellous book to read!  Oct 4, 2006
This is certainly a marvellous book to read! In fact, this is my first book from John C Maxwell's collection. I agree with the author: "The difference between average people & achieving people is their PERCEPTION of & RESPONSE to FAILURE", although I am inclined to add that there are a few other equally important factors as well.

I have enjoyed reading - & reflecting upon - the many 'failing-forward' working principles as well as the self-diagnostic questions in the book. Of course, I have also enjoyed reading about the inspiring real-life characters & their heart-warming examples of bouncing-back from apparent failure towards great success.

Another book comes quickly to mind when reading 'Failing Forward'. It's Gerard Nierenberg's 'Doing It Right the First Time: A Short Guide to Learning from Your Most Memorable Errors, Mistakes & Blunders.' The author's premise in his wonderful book is this: 'We can reduce the number of errors we make -- both in & out of life & the workplace.'

I am most impressed by the Error Awareness System in 'Doing It Right the First Time.' It teaches readers how to increase their sensitivity & cut down on the errors they make & guard against those made by others that affect them. The author shows readers how to identify the causes of their errors; how to deal with them; & most importantly; how to prevent them from recurring. Best of all, his book is also packed with real-life examples, discussion questions, checklists, & helpful exercises.

In contrast, I reckon 'Failing Forward' would be more appropriate towards a general audience, while 'Do It Right the First Time' would relate better to business & professional people.

Nevertheless, I strongly recommend reading both books.

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