Book Review: Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It
Written by Writer and Author, William Ballard
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Do you DREAM BIG? Now you can put your dream to the test and bring it to life!
"It's one thing to have a dream. It's another to do the things needed to achieve it" - that's the premise behind John Maxwell's book "Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions That Will Help You See It and Seize It". Maxwell doesn't try to tell you the right answers, but instead delivers ten great questions that really should be considered by anyone with a dream.
The book is full of stories and inspiration that restate the message - the passion of Bob Taylor for guitars, the tenacity of Elizabeth Keckly rising up from slave to friend of the White House, and the fulfillment of Wilbur Wilberforce's amazing dream.
The ten questions are:
In each case Maxwell covers vital issues a dreamer needs to work through if the dream is going to become tangible. For example, in discussing the fulfillment question, he asks "Does Working toward My Dream Bring Satisfaction?" Maxwell references Seth Godin's book, 'The Dip', that chasm between embarking on a dream and the first sign of significant results. When realizing how tough the obstacles, learning curve, and hard work will be, it's critical to have a strong sense of fulfillment or satisfaction along the way. Each chapter ends with the challenge: "Can you answer 'Yes' to this question?" Fortunately, he also walks through several important follow-up questions if that answer is currently a 'No'.
This book does not necessarily discuss the dreams of writers (although some references to writing books is mentioned) I do believe that this is a must read for every aspiring writer and author. The chapters on clarity and vision, passion, people, and significance were particularly of interest to me. Maxwell concludes it's not good enough to do well in just one or two of these areas. Being able to answer 'Yes' to as many questions as possible will improve the chance of achieving your dream successfully.
For anyone with a BIG DREAM, and wondering if or how it can be done, this is an excellent book. It will change the way you look at your dreams, in a good way.
What's the difference between a dreamer and someone who achieves a dream? According to this best-selling author John Maxwell, the answer lies in answering these ten powerful, yet straightforward, questions. Whether you've lost sight of an old dream or you are searching for a new one within you, Put Your Dream to the Test provides a step-by-step action plan that you can start using today to see, own, and reach your dream.
"It's one thing to have a dream. It's another to do the things needed to achieve it," says Maxwell. "If you're willing to put your dream to the test―and do what's needed to answer yes to the ten dream questions―then your odds are very good for seeing your dream become reality."
Don't leave your writing dream to chance! This book is a must-have and can make the difference between the success or failure of your writing business or authorship.
Other Book Reviews of John Maxwell's Work:
Book Review: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect
Book Review: The 360 Degree Leader
Book Review: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
Book Review: The 5 Levels of Leadership