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Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It Paperback – April 18, 2011
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John C. Maxwell, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker was identified as the #1 leader in business by the AMA and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazines in 2014. His organizations--The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation--have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Visit JohnMaxwell.com for more information.
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In this book Maxwell states that a dream is an inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will and emotions, empowering you to do everything you can to achieve it. He evaluates the process of setting a dream and will that dream be enough to propel you to success. Does your dream pass certain tests? In his opinion, the more questions below you can answer yes to the greater your probability of success
The questions, which comprise the ten chapters of this book. Here they are:
1. The Ownership Question: Is my dream really my Dream?
2. The Clarity Question: Do I clearly see my dream?
3. The Reality Question: Am I depending on factors within
my control to achieve my dream?
4. The Passion Question: Does my dream compel me to
5. The Pathway Question: Do I have a strategy to reach my
6. The People Question: Have I included the people I need to
realize my dream?
7. The Cost Question: Am I willing to pay the price for my
8. The Tenacity Question: Am I moving closer to my dream?
9. The Fulfillment Question: Does working toward my dream
10. The Significance Question: Does my dream benefit others?
As Maxwell states "Leading your life requires making the right decisions and managing those decisions daily. Find the right dream for you then manage it daily."
Without going into more detail I would say that this course (book and CDs) really has helped me shape my goals and dreams. I've listened to the CD set 3 times and read the book once. I've been doing a deep immersion into this topic as I see it being critical to my long-term success in life.
To date, I haven't paid much attention to John Maxwell. I'm sure that I've been missing out because of it. My church did a class once on his workbook for "The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork" and I took his "Developing The Leader Within You" book from the church library to read once. I have begun following John Maxwell's blog and his Twitter feed. In a very short time, I've come to wonder if I somehow handicapped my future by not acquiring more of John Maxwell's books earlier in life.
Do you have any dreams? I hope you do. Life is no fun drifting aimlessly from one crisis to another like a ping pong ball in a clothes dryer with no hope or plans for the future. If you have a dream, no matter how great or small, this is the book for you. This is a fairly simple and highly focused book, and for anybody else should be a fast read. It took me a couple of months to get through, but I was traveling, working loads of overtime, and helping to clean out my in-laws' house and get them settled in ours.
"Put Your Dream To the Test" has a very simple premise: testing your dream out. John Maxwell presents 10 questions for you to run your dream through. Each question gets a chapter. Each chapter includes a relevant story followed by instruction related to putting your dream through that question. Some of the stories I've heard before. Others were new. Some, such as the reference to William Wilberforce in Chapter 10 were a welcome refreshment and a reminder that true dreams do require great sacrifices. The 10 questions are as follows (I borrowed the bullet points from Thomas Nelson's product page, linked above):
The Ownership Question
The Clarity Question
The Reality Question
The Passion Question
The Pathway Question
The People Question
The Cost Question
The Tenacity Question
The Fulfillment Question
The Significance Question
I will not exposit each of these points in this book review. I will say that the book starts in the right place: is this even your dream? I was fairly fortunate in that my parents left me fairly free to pursue a career that fit me. I've known others who weren't so fortunate. Some of us were told what to do. Other times, we get our dreams from an external source. While I was involved in the "big-A" Multi-Level Marketing organization, my goal/dream was to achieve the status represented by a popular mineral often associated with jewelry. I realized later that it wasn't my dream. I wasn't even cut out for trying to sell people on an MLM.
Once you've established that the dream is, in fact, yours, you can run the gauntlet of questions provided by John Maxwell. Is your dream clear enough? Is it "realistic" enough? Are you passionate about it? Can you get there from here? Can you get people to help hold you accountable to your dream and support you in pursuit of it? Are you willing to pay the price? (Some dreams cost great sums, not only of money).
I found the final question to be at least as significant as the first question. Will your dream affect others than yourself? John Maxwell states that William Wilberforce has been dead for more than 175 years, but his influence lives on. (If you don't know who William Wilberforce is, you better look him up.) It's great to have dreams that involve only ourselves, but truly great dreams will live on long after we're gone.
I've said before that I tend to avoid this genre because it's not always easy to separate the wheat from the chaff. Some books are full of "rah-rah" motivation with little objective content. This book is highly objective, with about a proportionate amount of inspirational material placed throughout.
And with all dreams or goals, Maxwell greatly emphasizes that there are no shortcuts. The journey towards a dream simply takes plenty of sacrifice and contact with those who may assist on the road to where one wants to arrive; it is not a journey that is taken alone if one wants to succeed - everybody needs someone to share their dream with in any capacity. Importantly, the book is highly motivational with one anecdote after another from people who have ever had a dream in mind. The quotes, questions, and self-tests are very helpful for any who would like to determine if their dream is worth pursing.