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Summary

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. Listeners 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.

©2007 John C. Maxwell (P)2020 HarperCollins Leadership

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Remarkable Book!

I absolutely loved this book and it took me longer to listen to than needed because I kept re-listening to chapters.

This book should be a bible for any entrepreneur!

Sooooo many fantastic gems in here….this book has helped me through a particularly challenging time.

I highly recommend it!!!

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Great book!

I really enjoyed the book. Would recommend it to everyone. It helped me realize that it is ok to make mistakes. It’s ok to make mistakes as long as you learn and grow from them. Fail forward!!

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A book worth more than its pricetag.

This book made me reflect alot on my life. and it has made me see things with a different light and perspective. this book was an experience worth having, and it does Nothing more than inspire you.

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  • Derrick B.
  • 27-03-20

Failing Upward

I I think this is what the title should be. This book has been enlightening and enabled me to move in a different direction in life than I have before!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-03-20

Great author

Have read his leadership book and now this wonderful book. Maxwell is a great author. His knowledge is powerful, enlightening and motivating. I strongly recommend him to anyone who needs leadership skills or taking a journey in business which they are afraid.



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  • Roxanne
  • 26-10-20

Helpful book!

This book taught me how to view failures - that is, as part of the success journey. It helped me to realise that one should not internalise failures but learn from them, accept responsibility where necessary, and move forward.

The examples of real life persons who would have moved beyond repeated failures was also inspiring. The chapter on the top ten reasons people fail was also insightful.

Fail early, fail often, fail forward...

A recommended read!

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  • Kate
  • 15-05-21

One of the best books I have ever read and listened to.

The audible version is SO poignant and direct, clear and concise. I found myself stopping to take notes on a consistent basis and I will be reading it again and recommending it to my friends and family who have businesses or want to grow as a person, in general. FIVE MILLION STARS ACROSS THE BOARD!

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  • Elena Bielinyte
  • 26-08-20

Brilliant, specific and concrete

Another great book from John Maxwell. Great layout: steps are easy to follow, stories are relevant and illustrative.
The only issue with the audio book is that the reader doesn't always make breaks between different thought blocks, which can be confusing as you aren't always sure if it's the same thought that continues or a new one.

But other than that - great, practical steps for taking control of your life. Definitely reading this again soon.

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  • Janet Chambers
  • 08-08-20

A Great Learning Experience

I so thank John Maxwell for this great learning experience. I have learned so much about my own life while reading this book. I now have a clearer vision of my purpose in life. I understand that ‘failure is not final’

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-21

Great Principles to Change Life Approach!

I really appreciated how the author stuck to the principles and expressly restated them throughout the chapters. This helped embue the principles as he listed them in each chapter after introducing and explaining the next principle through someone's life of adversity. This book will enrich me for the rest if my life.

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  • David
  • 07-10-21

Failure is just the beginning towards success

This book opened my eyes to what it really takes to become a success! I will use these ideas in my journey to the top.

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  • Marta
  • 30-08-21

Fantastic book

This truly resonated with me. I plan to put this way of thinking into action. Must read! or uhm Listen 😂.

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  • Felicia Smith
  • 29-06-21

great information

I enjoyed the teaching in this book , I will be recommending to friends