By John Maxwell
Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? John Maxwell says the answer is yes. He has been passionate about personal development for over fifty years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential.
This was my first John Maxwell book and while I enjoyed it, I was a little underwhelmed. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I would have read it at a different point in my life, like before I read The Success Principles, The Go-Giver, and The Happiness Advantage. This book is a great introduction to the topics that make up the keys to success, growth, and happiness. But it’s also just that: an introduction. Each chapter on each of the fifteen principles is really no more than 30 pages at the most.
The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth are as follows:
- The Law of Intentionality: Growth Doesn’t Just Happen
- The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself
- The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself
- The Law of Reflection: Learning to Pause Allows Growth to Catch Up With You
- The Law of Consistency: Motivation Gets You Going–Discipline Keeps You Growing
- The Law of Environment: Growth Thrives in Conducive Surroundings
- The Law of Design: To Maximize Growth, Develop Strategies
- The Law of Pain: Good Management of Bad Experiences Leads to Great Growth
- The Law of the Ladder: Character Growth Determines the Height of Your Personal Growth
- The Law of the Rubber Band: Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You Are and Where You Could Be
- The Law of Trade-Offs: You Have to Give Up to Grow Up
- The Law of Curiosity: Growth is Stimulated By Asking Why?
- The Law of Modeling: It’s Hard to Improve When You Have No One, But Yourself to Follow
- The Law of Expansion: Growth Always Increases Your Capacity
- The Law of Contribution: Growing Yourself Enables You to Grow Others
While I did find this book a little underwhelming, Maxwell recommends that you tackle the book a chapter at a time, giving yourself time to process, reflect, and implement. I would take that a little further and say that these fifteen laws provide fifteen separate topics for further reading and research. There are many other great books that deal with one or a few of these topics at greater depth. I mentioned a few titles above, but I would also add to that Presence, Drive, Rejection Proof, and Good to Great.
Overall, a worthwhile read, but it doesn’t reveal anything Earth-shattering.