John C Maxwell: Self Improvement 101 Summary

John C Maxwell: Self Improvement 101 Summary Review
Self-Improvement 101 – What Every Leader Needs to Know by John C. Maxwell

john c. maxwell self-improvement 101

john c. maxwell self-improvement 101

I just finished John C. Maxwell’s Self Improvement 101 and thought it was worth sharing the positive take aways. I always read or listen with a notepad handy so here is the collection of things I deemed to be note worthy.

I’ll kick this blog off with some notable quotes

“The only way to improve the quality of your life is to improve yourself. When you do, everything else around you gets better. The only way you will grow is if you choose to grow.”

“People unwilling to grow will never reach their potential”

“It is never to late to be what you might have become”
George Elliot


My Notes:

Failure is an essential component of success.

Embrace failure as an opportunity for learning.

Be willing to let go in order to keep learning (leave the comfort zone).

For everything you gain, you have to give up something. Pay the price to grow.

Growing requires change, and most people are reluctant to change. But the truth is that without change growth is impossible.

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. It may mean a giving up of familiar but limiting patterns, safe but unrewarding work, values no longer believed in, relationships that have lost their meaning. As Dostoevsky puts it, ‘taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what most people fear most.;”

Growth is a choice, a decision that really can make a difference in a persons life.

8 Principles that will help you develop into a person dedicated to person growth.

  1. Choose a life of growth
  2. Start Growing Today
  3. Focus on Self-Development, Not Self-Fulfillment
  4. Never Stay Satisfied With Current Accomplishments
  5. Be a Continual Learner
  6. Develop a Plan for Growth
  7. Pay the Price
  8. Find a Way to Apply What You Learn

Truths about being teachable

  1. Nothing is Interesting if You are Not Interested
  2. Successful People View Learning Differently from Those Who are Not Successful
  3. Learning is Meant to be a Lifelong Pursuit
  4. Pride is the number one hindrance to teachability.

To expand you talents you much become teachable

  1. Learn to Listen
  2. Understand the Learning Process
  3. Look for and Plan Teachable Moments
  4. Make Your Teachable Moments Count
  5. Ask Yourself Am I Really Teachable
    1. Am I open to other peoples ideas?
    2. Do I listen more than I talk?
    3. Am I open to changing my opinion based on new info
    4. Do I readily admit when I’m wrong
    5. Do I observe before acting on a situation?
    6. Do I ask questions?
    7. Am I willing to ask a question that will expose my ignorance?
    8. Am I willing to ask for directions?
    9. Do I act defensively when criticized, or do I listen openly for the truth?

Success is knowing your purpose in life, growing your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.

The greater your natural ability, the greater your potential for improvement

When ever you see people who are successful in the their work, you can rest assured that they are working in their strength zone and empower them to work in it.

Ideally as we progress our notebooks become filled with notations and observations. Some people seem to leave the notebook closed most of their lives. But a few not only make a record of what they experienced; they linger over it and ponder its meaning. Reflection turns experiences into insight. Experience teaches nothing, but evaluated experience teach everything.

With each passing year, I want to make good choices that make me a better person, help me become a better leader, and make a positive impact on others. That requires a willingness to keep making trades, because for everything you gain, you have to give up something.