Overcoming the fear of failure has to be one of the most difficult things to achieve in life. It’s worth noting that just about every book I’ve ready by renowned management and leadership authors consistently emphasize that failure is part of success. This book, in particular, is all about how to deal with failures in life, in work, in relationships, and a change in attitude towards failure in general – that is: it’s OK to fail!
John breaks down the learning process from failure into the following points where each process is a chapter in the book:
- Humility: The Spirit of Learning
- Reality: The Foundation of Learning
- Responsibility: The First Step of Learning
- Improvement: The Focus of Learning
- Hope: The Motivation of Learning
- Teachability: The Pathway of Learning
- Adversity: The Catalyst of Learning
- Problems: The Opportunities for Learning
- Bad Experiences: The Perspective for Learning
- Change: The Price of Learning
- Maturity: The Value of Learning
I think a person’s attitude towards failure is really what makes all the difference, regardless of whether we are aware of the above steps of learning from failure. If we can convince ourselves that it’s okay to fail and that failure is part of growth and development, learning the timeless lessons taught by John Maxwell would become easier.
Recommendation: While I would recommend this book to everyone as it focuses on an important life lesson, I would recommend specifically for students. Learning this lesson early in life is important.