Normally you read fiction and non-fiction reviews on this blog. Normally the non-fiction are theological reviews, but this time I’ll start reviewing some books by John C. Maxwell about, well… you guessed, leadership. This time is the turn of Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn.
#1 New York Times bestselling author John C. Maxwell believes that any setback, whether professional or personal, can be turned into a step forward when you possess the right tools to turn a loss into a gain. Drawing on nearly fifty years of leadership experience, Dr. Maxwell provides a roadmap for winning by examining the eleven elements that constitute the DNA of learners who succeed in the face of problems, failure, and losses…
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Most of the times when we hear or read a book about leadership, our minds start thinking about big companies, people in suits, entrepreneurs and the like and we feel alienated from ‘that world’. But one thing we should consider is that everyone, including us, face losses in our lives.
Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn deals with this topic, it starts talking about losses, but don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t stop there. John C. Maxwell shares personal experiences about losses and its consequences in his life: emotionally, financially, professionally, etc. All these examples pointing toward the lessons learned which is the goal Maxwell tries to reach with the book.
As you can read in the description, the book develops different virtues/characteristics/processes (humility, responsibility, problems) that should be considered if we want to take the right approach and above all learn during difficult times or failures. Each chapter pulls different experiences about the specific topic by Maxwell himself and many other people like leaders and sport coaches while giving a positive perspective and opportunities to get the best of any season in our lives.
It doesn’t matter if you’re in a position of leadership or if you think you’re a leader or not. If you’re a mother, a student, or someone who is willing to take action and start learning in every situation, good or bad, this book is for you.
Finally, the only thing I didn’t like that much was the excessive use of quotes or excerpts in each chapter. I totally understand that it is easier for the reader to relate to different perspectives besides Maxwell’s but at some point it becomes too much to bear.
Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn también está disponible en español y lo puedes comprar directamente en la página oficial del libro dando click aquí, en tiendas en línea como Amazon o en cualquier librería.
I received this book for free from Hachette Book Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.