Book Title: Talent is Never Enough
Author: John C. Maxwell

Book Review:

John Maxwell is the leader of leaders, literally. He is one of the predominant experts on leadership. I just finished his book Talent is Never Enough. Here’s my reaction:

It left me encouraged and driven. We all have talents. We all have dreams. But sometimes we forget that we are responsible for achieving our goals. What’s more than that – the choices we make every day will help us or prevent us from achieving those goals. Maxwell’s book takes you through 13 choices – that’s 13 things you can do to maximize your talent.

If you need some direction for your dream-filled life, this book may be what you need to guide you.  If you’re trying to achieve your goals but find yourself struggling, this book may lift you up. If you need a little kick in the caboose, this book may have boots.

Have you read Talent is Never Enough by John Maxwell? What did you think?

Note: This review expresses my personal opinion about John C. Maxwell’s Talent is Never Enough. I was not paid for this review.

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Success Does Not Define You

February 6, 2011

“Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
–  Winston Churchill

Last week, I asked you how You Define Success, but this week, I want to ask you if success defines you. Sometimes, I can get so caught up in being successful that I let that define me. The problem with this is that, as Winston Churchill implied, success and failure go hand in hand. If I let success define me, how much more will I be defined by my failures?

Instead, I know I need to concentrate on the things that truly matter in life: my faith and my family. I could spend time doing the things I love with the people I love rather than chasing success.

This does not mean I do not have goals for my life. I do. I have goals for my marriage, my career, my blog. I have hopes and dreams, and I want to be successful. I just don’t want success to define me…because if it does, I may always feel like a failure.

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

Do you let success define you? Do you think success and failure go hand in hand? How do you balance success and failure?

Word of the Day: Goal
Word to the Wise:  “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14

 Disclaimer: This blog is not intended to discourage you from being successful. I encourage you to set goals for yourself and strive to achieve them. If and when you fail, research Alexander Graham Bell, who was told the telephone would never be a success; read about Alexander Fleming, who found his cultures seemingly ruined before discovering penicillin; look up Thomas Edison, who failed to invent the light bulb 1,000 times before he succeeded; consider Babe Ruth, who held the record for striking out before he held the record for homeruns. Read similar stories at http://www.des.emory.edu/mfp/efficacynotgiveup.html.

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You Define Success

January 30, 2011

“To laugh often and love much… to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others, to give one’s self…
this is to have succeeded.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is the definition of success? This is one question that has been on my mind a lot lately. If you read my recent The Story of You post, one reader defined success as having a dream and pursuing that dream. When things don’t go as planned, you just do what makes you happy. To that reader, that is the definition of success.

I would imagine that others define success by their careers, by their families, by their bank accounts. Maybe you define success by your popularity or by your looks.

Or maybe we define success by how other people view us. Is your spouse happy? Are your friends envious of you? Do your children think you are the “cool” parents?

I’m not sure why success has been on my mind lately. It could be due to the new endeavors I have taken up, such as blogging. It could be because I am about to reach the 1-year mark with my husband. Maybe it is because I am inching closer to 30 or because I hold subconscious opinions of where my career should be at 5 years in. I’m not sure, but I know that success is something I strive for in every aspect of my life.

I think we need a definition because we would not otherwise know when we achieve success. We can take control over our lives by identifying what success means to us. Maybe you agree with the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote above, or maybe you have a different idea. What is important is that you define success for yourself.

So how do you define success?

Word of the Day: Success
Word to the Wise:  “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:7

Disclaimer: When I ask how you define success, I actually want to know your definitions. I may not have an answer to this one yet. Shocking, I know.

The Story of You

January 17, 2011

This is the story of one of my readers. Feel free to leave words of encouragement in the reply section. I hope you learn something about yourself by reading the story of someone else.

Her Background

Age:  73
Gender:  Female
Marital Status:  Married
Children: Yes

Her Story

  1. What did you want to be at age 5?
    I didn’t think about what I wanted to be when I grew up when I was just 5 years old. I was too busy in the pecking order with my two brothers, one older and one younger.
  2. What did you want to be at age 15?
    When I was 15 years old, I thought I wanted to be a nurse. It sounded like a noble profession. There weren’t many career choices for young women back in my day. I might have realized that dream and been a good nurse, but by the time I was 18 years old, I had my first child.
  3. What did you become?
    I became a wife and mother of two young sons by the time I was 20 years old, and 6 years later my precious baby girl was born.
  4. What has been your biggest disappointment in life?
    The biggest disappointment in my life has been not getting a college degree and having a career and my family. I had dreams just like everyone else but I made a mistake and didn’t get to pursue them.
    I don’t call it a disappointment but a tragedy that my beautiful daughter did not live to fulfill her dreams and aspirations.
  5. What was your biggest mistake to date?
    My biggest mistake was believing in someone’s lie and hoping I could fix things.
  6. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment?
    By far my biggest accomplishment is my three children. I have been blessed to watch my sons grow up to be strong, healthy, and successful adults with good careers and loving families.
  7. How do you define success?
    I define success as having a dream and pursuing that dream, but if that dream is not possible, then you make your own dreams come true by doing what makes you and those around you happy. You take what you have worked hard for all your life and appreciate it and all the people around you that make you happy in life. If you dwell on “what ifs” you will never be a happy person.
  8. Do you consider yourself successful?
    I do consider myself successful. I have many interests. I paint, scrapbook, garden. I love to read. I am the member of clubs and organizations, some that I have organized myself. I travel with my friends, and I am a preacher’s wife and enjoy that aspect of my life…
  9. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
    To tell you the truth, I have never been given much advice from anyone I can think of except maybe some of my school teachers and Sunday School teachers when I was growing up. I know I didn’t get much from my family members.
  10. If you could give your younger self advice, what would it be?
    I would tell a young me that I am a worthy person and can do anything that I decide that I want to do. I could be anything that I wanted to be.
  11. What is your biggest struggle?
    My biggest struggle is fighting depression and anxiety. I am by nature a person that feels like she is wound up too tight like a clock. I fight it everyday. I feel like I am waiting for the other shoe to drop at any moment.
  12. What makes you happy?
    What makes me happy is knowing that my sons and their children are all well and happy especially when I get a phone call from one of them checking up on me. I must confess that I don’t get enough of them.
  13. What makes you tick?
    What makes me tick is having projects. I love a project, to have a goal and work toward that goal to completion. It is a real good feeling to know you have accomplished something worthwhile. It doesn’t have to be something big every time.
  14. What do you want my readers to know about you or about life in general?
    I would like for your readers to know that I am just like they are. I may be 50 years older than some of them, but I still have dreams and plans for my life. Not to dream is to die. I still have unfinished projects and places to go and things to do. I just hope I have time to do them.