Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Beyond Talent

John Maxwell is a leadership expert, and in his book, Beyond Talent, he continues to share his expertise. This book demonstrates that talent is a component in success, but certainly not the most prominent one. Maxwell proves that talent alone is never enough. It is what the individual has beyond that initial talent that allows one to be consistently successful in life.

Maxwell argues that everyone has talent. There are choices we can make in our lives to maximize our talents, such as having belief in them, having passion, having focus, practicing, preparing, being courageous, and having perseverance. He exerts that life is full of choices, and each choice we make, makes us. To become successful, we need talent and the right choices in life, which will make us talent-plus people.

Maxwell takes each step that he feels is necessary for success, and expands upon it in each chapter of the book. In each chapter, he gives examples and practical advice for expanding upon the qualities one needs to be a talent-plus person. He also chooses a person who demonstrates these qualities and shares his story of success.

At the end of each chapter, Maxwell provides practical application exercises for completion. The exercises are helpful in leading one to the full potential of his or her talent and ability.

Overall, Maxwell writes with creativity and wisdom. He shares his own personal knowledge and stories, as well as the stories of well-known individuals who prove his theory that it takes more than just talent to be successful. This book can help individuals apply ideas to become more successful and complete their goals. It would also be a great study book for a group of co-workers looking to advance themselves as a group.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”