Finding a Mentor in John Maxwell
was a last-minute speaking engagement that drove me to use
the book my dad had given me. I had been reading it casually
for about a week. I thought it was good, but didnt
give it a lot of deep thought. Then came the invitation
to speak to the youth in Tacloban. That put me on the hunt
for some quick, quality material that even someone like
me could teach. I spent a lot of time looking for such a
lessonso much time that I was two days away from
speaking and didnt know what I was going to speak
finally toyed with the idea of using that book I had been
reading. Dad encouraged me to try it, so I sat down with
the book and a pen and started outlining a short lesson.
As I did so I began to realize just how the principles in
the writing could apply to daily life. I eventually came
up with a lesson that anybody of any age from any background
can use: That failures, instead of stumbling blocks, can
become stepping stones to success. The name of the book
was Failing Forward, and it was my introduction to the teachings
of Dr. John C. Maxwell.
that talk I have read a number of books by Dr. Maxwell,
including The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, The 17
Essential Laws of Teamwork, Thinking for A Change and Today
Matters. I have always enjoyed reading, but for the first
time I was doing it with the intent of getting personal
application out of it. What I learned in the first few books
only whetted my appetite for more. It started me on what
I now realize is a bona fide personal growth program that
has impacted virtually every area of my life. I am taking
on more leadership and making more friends now because of
what Ive learned. I now see more value in each day
I live and the thoughts that I cultivate. By Gods
grace Ive been rewarded with opportunities to teach
and speak, as well as partner with leaders of great influence.
had learned a lot through reading, but there was still one
thing I wanted to do. I had listened to tapes of John Maxwell
speak and was intrigued (his down-to-earth Georgian accent
was pleasantly familiar). My dad told me that seeing him
in person is even better. I decided I was going to attend
one of this mans conventions and see for myself.
got my chance in August of 2004. I had attended a leadership
summit for Student Council members and managed to get a
free ticket to a conference Dr. Maxwell was speaking at.
The next month I got to sit down and listen in person to
the man who had taught me so much through books and tapes.
For two days I was able to take notes and glean lessons
from a leader who has walked the road and is now empowering
others to take the journey as well. At one point I even
had the privilege of shaking his hand and getting my copy
of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership signed. Meeting
someone you have a high regard for can really bring home
everything hes said.
John Maxwell in person has been a highlight for me this
year, and not just in the fan boy mentality that I am admittedly
prone to. What made it special was that I got to meet the
man who first challenged me to get up and strive for more
than what I had become. Try picking up a Maxwell book sometime.
It just might take you to a whole new level.
Place, Big Growth
What You Really Want by Peter Cariaga