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By William Ballard
Book: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth (AFF)
John Maxwell is typically remembered for his leadership success books, but this book is his try at communicating the needs and passion for personal growth.
You see, John was approached by Curt Kampmeier who asked, “Do you have a plan for your personal growth?” But after several fumbled answers, John realized that he really didn’t have a plan to become better and that is what inspired this work.
Book Price: $13.98 (AFF)
Who Is This Book For?
This book is really for anyone is who is looking to grow personally, spiritually, and professionally.
Is this the first time you have ever even considered actually engaging in personal growth? Perhaps you have thought about working on your personal growth but haven’t had any idea where to begin. Or you started on a personal growth journey some time ago and stopped traveling down that path to greatness.
If you fall anywhere in between those scenarios, then this book is for you.
What It Will Help You Do?
This book will not only describe personal growth to you, but think of it as a road map or guide to one of the greatest journeys of life.
Not only will it reveal to you some of the most important areas of life that will ether make or break you, but it will also reveal to you the person inside you that is given all the power to succeed in life.
John has written many books within the “laws” series including the 21 Laws of Leadership and many others. This book is no different than any of the other law books that John as written.
John share’s many quotes and stories from some of the most successful people that have ever lived, not to mention a few personal stories of his own.
One thing to remember is there is greatness inside everyone, and this book will help you to discover that greatness inside you.
The Best Part
To be honest with you, the best part of this book is not so much what is found in the pages of the book or the stories that are mentioned, but what this book can help you discover about yourself.
It is the person you become after reading this book (and after applying the principles mentioned) that is really the best part.
What Would Make It Even Better?
Now, as for negatives, I have read many of John’s books and have my own opinion of John’s work and personality. In fact, sometimes I think he can come off as arrogant and a bit full of himself, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t admire him or his work.
In fact, John has been a distant mentor of mine for some time now. I have read many of his books and have learned a great deal from him. However, when it comes to this book in particular, I must say I was a little disappointed.
You see, I read this book at a very difficult time in my life (I was in a dark place). I was dealing with a lot of hurt and pain when I read this, and when it came to reading the chapter about pain (The Law of Pain: Good Management of Bad Experiences Leads to Great Growth) I must say I was not impressed.
You see, John has had a lot going for him since the beginning of his life. He has had great parents that supported him and helped him to recognize valuable opportunities when they presented themselves. You can say that he was pretty much placed on a road to success from the start, which is not a road that many can say they had the luxury of being placed on. I know I wasn’t placed on such a road.
I know that John has recently experienced some complications with his health and heart, of which he is changed many of his health habits (or at least he says so in his books), but I do not believe that he has experienced a broken heart. He may have had heart failure (physical heart issues), but I do not think that he has ever really experienced a wounded heart (emotional hurt and loss).
This, of course, is my opinion, but I do not think that John has ever experience divorce, separation, or the broken heart experience of a romantic relationship. I could be wrong, but I did not witness this truth while reading this chapter. And I think that if John had experienced some hurts and pains like that and mentioned them in this book it would have been 10x better.
How It Changed My Life
Despite my negative remarks about this book above I still enjoyed reading it and I do believe that it is worth the read. I did expect a little more from the chapter on pain because I do believe that personal growth is not attainable without overcoming pain. But all of that aside, I did enjoy reading the chapters on intentionality, personal awareness, the law of the mirror, reflection, environment, mentors, and your personal contribution to the world.
I do see John as more of a personal development student than he is a leadership expert or teacher. In other words, he knows more about leadership than he does personal development and growth, but that doesn’t mean that this book isn’t valuable and worth reading and applying.
I do feel as if after reading this book I have discovered more about myself than I originally knew. You see, every day is a learning experience. Every day presents more opportunities to discover more about ourselves and that is what personal growth is all about. Discovering more about yourself and growing and maturing from every experience is the key to personal success.
I highly recommend, if you have not already done so, to get your hands on a copy of The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth (AFF) and let it spark a passion and desire within you for personal growth. No other kind of success is more important. When you learn to personally succeed you will become stronger and more valuable in all the other areas of your life.
Now Over to You...
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