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Talent Is Never Enough: Discover the Choices That Will Take You Beyond Your Talent Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 3, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Talent is "often overrated and frequently misunderstood," observes leadership expert Maxwell (The 360 Degree Leader), who advises readers on building their strengths to become a "Talent-plus person." In the first chapter, he examines how "belief lifts your talent," whether it's belief in your potential, yourself and your mission that empowers and encourages you. He then introduces a dozen other factors that can be combined with talent to achieve your goals: passion, initiative, focus, preparation, practice, perseverance, courage, teachability, character, relationships, responsibility and teamwork. Synthesizing the work of business gurus like Marcus Buckingham and Peter Drucker with inspiring anecdotes from the lives of famous athletes and coaches, Christian leaders, writers and artists, Maxwell engages the reader with his enthusiasm for his subject matter and clear insights. Well organized and focused, the book conveys how talent can be enhanced through historical and contemporary examples of "Talent-Plus" people in action—from Charles Dickens to Vince Lombardi and Tom Hanks. (Apr. 3)
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About the Author
John C. Maxwell is an internationally respected leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold more than 19 million books. He is the founder of EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 126 countries. Read his blog at JohnMaxwellOnLeadership.com.
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I do think the book is an excellent example of how to create a book from a single keyword (talent) by linking various concepts to the keyword, and then repeatedly breaking down (extending) those linked words into more links, thereby building a kind of tree of refinements, and then writing a paragraph or two on each one of the "leaf" nodes of the tree formed by the keyword, chapter titles, section titles, subsection titles, and so on. This is a great way to write a book if your goal is to write 1 or 2 paragraphs or leaf nodes every day. After enough days, you have a book of paragraphs (leaves)!
The problem with this kind of a book is that the leaf nodes don't share a common theme of any kind, and nothing in the book builds on anything that goes before it. There's no path for a reader to progress along, no real theme of skill sets or perspectives to develop, and certainly not much (if any) education that goes on in the book. And so at least for me, since I couldn't find any theme, or narrative story line, or clear path of development, or education going on, the book was really unsatisfying.
An excellent book called How to Think Like an Editor said very nicely "Every book is an answer to a question. What is the author's question, to which the book is an answer?" I tried to imagine the author's question for this book -- "Is Talent Enough?" -- and the answer "No, Talent is Never Enough". Ok, so probably everyone already knows that. You also need to decide to use your talent, focus on building it, learn all you can about your field, practice consistently, and strive to take advantage of every opportunity. The 13 chapters in this book are Belief, Passion, Initiative, Focus, Preparation, Practice, Perseverance, Courage, Teachability, Character, Relationships, Responsibility, and Teamwork. Can you picture the concept map in your mind, with the talent keyword at the center, with links radiating out to each of these chapters, and then with several section titles radiating out from each chapter title?
I don't want to beat up this book too much, because I'm sure it took a lot of effort to generate the outline structure and to write a few subsections every day. As a self help book about how to develop talent, or how to build a career, or how to grow, or how to get better at something, I think you should skip this book entirely. There are many better books on those subjects, such as the 10 Minute Toughness book, reviewed in my list, and a unique book in my 50 years of reading.
A "recipe book" is what I call a book that contains a pile of little individual ideas that are not really connected to each other in any meaningful way (they don't build on each other, they have no sequence or priority among them, etc). You see this kind of book in cook books, poetry books, those "365 thoughts for a year" books and desk calendars, and so on. Clearly the ideas in these books are not intended to hang together, so you get what you expect.
Next to a recipe book, is the kind of book of which this book is an example -- a "linked pile of sound bites or thoughts" book. It aspires to be more linked than a recipe book(at least you can follow a recipe and get something out of it), but none of the leaf nodes in the idea tree have much to do with each other, and they do not combine in any useful or meaningful way to create a bigger message or whole.
If you're a budding writer who wants a fine example of this style of book, then I recommend this to you. But if you want to read about influences on talent, read Gladwells Outliers book, or if you want to put the finishing touches on your own talent, read something like the 10 Minute Toughness book.
This book is great for Rappers, singers, musicians, dancer, etc. because...
TALENT is NEVER Enough!
John C Maxwell outlines some of the most important ingredients to success of individuals and corporations with precision making it very readable and understandable to even one who is not an avid reader.
I am intrigued at the way he reveals this information with minimal effort; the language is simple, clear and very easy to comprehend. It is not surprising that he simply is my favorite and preferred management and self help author.
I therefore encourage you to read this book as you won't remain the same. I would pay the world to acquire additional copies of his other work!
I challenge each of you to do this exercise, it will build the team you are a part of. "For the next two weeks, make a commitment to yourself to take no credit for anything that goes right. Praise your employees, co-workers, colleagues, and family members for their contributions. Note the difference it makes in their performance and your relationship with them. I believe that once you've tired it, you will enjoy giving the credit away so much that it will become a regular part of your life."
1. Belief lifts my talent.
2. Passion energizes my talent.
3. Initiative activates my talent
4. Focus directs my talent.
5. Preparation positions my talent.
6. Practice sharpens my talent.
7. Perseverance sustains my talent.
8. Courage tests my talent.
9. Teachability expands my talent.
10. Character protects my talent.
11. Relationships influence my talent.
12. Responsibility strengthens my talent.
13. Teamwork multiplies my talent.
As a team, my hope is that we can help each other grow to new heights daily. Adopt one of these and work on them daily. For me, courage and Perseverance have been a weakness of mine, however, after reading this book I feel like these two weaknesses will turn into great strengths.