Achievers Versus Average

Daily Synopsis of Maxwell Daily Reader,  by John Maxwell

February 25

Do you tell yourself, "I suck?"

Do you tell yourself, “I suck?”

Title: Achievers Versus Average

Excerpt From: Falling Forward

Action Taken Today: Accept failure as the price of success today, and keep striving forward.


Today’s entry is fairly short in its message, most of the writing is spent discussing high achievers. The type of people we would classify as type “A”, the ones who always win. You know the sales guy who loses three of best clients, but still comes out on top for the entire company that same year.

This post is relates to an earlier post on Attitude, and how we perceive our world truly determines our ability to navigate through it. Why do these people achieve, and why do they find victory in the face of defeat?

Do they have some special posion they drink, or do they do steroids, coke, and bang supermodels which gives them special mojo?

For Maxwell the answer is simple:

“The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.”

The question to ask yourself is, how do you handle defeat or failure? Do you let it stop you, or do you find opportunity in the lessons learned?

The way you answer that question most likely determines whether in the world of John Maxwell you are an “average person” or an “achiever”.

Or do you tell yourself "There's a way to turn this into my favor?"

Or do you tell yourself “There’s a way to turn this into my favor?”

Favorite Quote: 

“(Our response to failures) Nothing else has the same kind of impact on people’s ability to achieve and to accomplish whatever their minds and hearts desire.”

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