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Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters Hardcover – October 6, 2015
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"Drive. Focus. Commitment. I ask this from all of my players because they are essential qualities for success on the court. In INTENTIONAL LIVING, John Maxwell shares how the same qualities are necessary for life. John's ability to share from his own experience inspires the reader to believe they can have a life that matters if they want-and gives the reader tools to make that dream a reality."―John Calipari, National championship head coach and 2015 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee
"INTENTIONAL LIVING is an absolute must-read no matter what occupation you are in."―Louisville Business First
"Thought-provoking and encouraging...with hundreds of questions designed to help readers in their quest for personal and professional growth. Clear and inspiring, this is a great approach to leadership."―Publishers Weekly on Good Leaders Ask Great Questions
"An intriguing look at leadership with practical advice makes this book beneficial to. . .anyone who wants to develop and improve their skills."―Library Journal on Good Leaders Ask Great Questions
"The first time I met John Maxwell, I could tell that he and I shared the same values. He cares about people and he wants to help them. One of the best ways to do that is to teach people how to overcome failure and adversity. That ability turned my life around. If you read Sometimes You Win--Sometimes You Learn, you will learn that valuable skill. I highly recommend this book."―Ben Carson, M.D., pediatric neurosurgeon and NYT bestselling author of America the Beautiful and Gifted Hands, on Sometimes You Win--Sometimes You Learn
"Millions of individuals--myself included--have been inspired by the words and works of John Maxwell. Now, in The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, John again shares his remarkable insights and wisdom into how each of us can reach our full potential and make a positive difference in the lives of others."
―Elizabeth Dole, former U.S. Cabinet Secretary, Senator and President of the American Red Cross, on The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth
"As a coach and leader, I am always looking for ways to teach my players how to grow. Thanks to my good friend John Maxwell, you hold in your hands the instruction manual for taking next steps of growth. Embracing these laws will cause you to grow individually and in your contribution to those around you. This book is a must-read for anyone responsible for helping others to grow."―John Calipari, Head Basketball Coach at the University of Kentucky, on The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth
"John has been a mentor and teacher for me for many years and what I love most about him is that he has pushed and helped me personally go through The 5 Levels of Leadership!"―Kevin Turner, COO, Microsoft, on The 5 Levels of Leadership
"John Maxwell's books have been required reading for my leadership team for years. I can't think of anyone better at distilling decades of leadership experience into practical, approachable principles that anyone can apply at any level of leadership."―Dave Ramsey, host of The Dave Ramsey Show and best-selling author of The Total Money Makeover, on The 5 Levels of Leadership
About the Author
JOHN C. MAXWELL, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 25 million books, was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the world's most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazine in 2014. His organizations--The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP--have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many top world business leaders.
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As is typical of John's writing style, he shares a number of simple but very powerful ideas and actions you can take to get some momentum on your mission like; start small but believe big, search until you find your why, add value to others from your sweet spot, connect with like-minded people, and more.
I also enjoy the stories he tells about how he came to prominence in his field, and it should not be a surprise: He got around people like Norman Vincent Peale, W. Clement Stone, Zig Ziglar, etc. and invested in their books, conferences and other resources. He was (and still is) intentional about his personal growth and development and he encourages you to do the same throughout the book.
The only reason I am not giving this 5 stars is because it's one of those books that you have to read twice. Once to get an overall feel and once to go back and do the "assignments" at the end of each chapter.
So many great tips to catapult yourself into a life of intention ... but not something you can just do overnight.
Definitely a book that I highlighted a ton and will go back to again as a continue my journey to a new lifestyle.
What I really like is Maxwell's emphasis that our story can have an impact on others. And each of us have a story worth sharing. He challenge to us is to take the initiative in writing our story and make it count.
One take away I really like (that I'm going to post on my wall) are the "Five Essential Values of Adding Value to Others". It's just a great reminder of what key things we can do.
1. To Add Value to Others I Must First Value Myself
2. To Add Value to Others I Must Value Others
3. To Add Value to Others I Must Value What Others Have Done for Me
4. To Add Value to Others I Must Know and Relate to What Others Value
5. To Add Value to Others I Must Make Myself More Valuable
If you take time to make everyone of these a goal, how could you not have a story of impact?
Note: the Kindle version seems to lack a Table of Contents page. If you are having a hard time choosing between Kindle and Hardback. Grab the Hardback. (Or get both).
I recommend this book along with three others from the same author:
Winning with people
Put your dream to the test
Everyone communicates few people connect
I've read most of his books and it seems like each new one is more potent than the one before it.
Glad to have discovered John and his works during College and am super anxious to become one of his team in 2016!