Beyond Talent by John C. Maxwell

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by John Maxwell

I have a friend who LOVES John Maxwell’s books and I wanted to see why. When reading certain titles/descriptions of leadership books I’ve been a little turned off from reading them. Part of this attitude I think comes from the fact I get the thought: “oh this is going to be a book about being a good salesman”.  Let’s just say I haven’t been so business savvy and have had horrible results when trying to force myself into it. However, I got the impression Beyond Talent was written for a broader audience.

Beyond Talent focuses on the idea “not all successful people are successful, because of raw talent alone.” John Maxwell throughout each chapter desires to motivate his readers into becoming leaders, to work hard, figure out their strengths and weaknesses, learn how to adapt and be more useful, and how to effectively set/accomplish goals. John also speaks of his leadership conferences, personal experiences, anecdotes from certain successful people of today, and even gives a bit of Biblical and Historical commentary on great leadership.

Honestly, this book was better than I anticipated; this was not meant for only salesmen. This is a book, when applied correctly, can help some who want to become more successful in their daily lives. I found the story of Lewis, of Lewis and Clark, and Charles Dickens to be fascinating and inspiring. However, I didn’t agree with the idea “all successful people are talent plus people”, because that isn’t always true. For an example, there are people like Paris Hilton who inherited much of her riches and Randy Orton who became successful faster than others thanks to him being a legacy. There are certain factors of success which aren’t covered in this book and quite frankly no book you’re going to find will tell a reader how to accomplish EVERY goal as there are certain circumstances beyond our control. I did learn quite a bit from this book when reading the overall picture and I found the chapter exercises useful.

Book Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimer: Ben Umnus was given a free copy of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishing, but he was neither paid for his review nor was he commanded by Thomas Nelson Publishing to write a positive review. This review is the personal, written opinion of Ben Umnus.  This disclaimer is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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