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Your Road Map for Success

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Your Road Map for Success

You Can Get There from Here

Thomas Nelson,

15 min read
10 take-aways
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What's inside?

Map your journey toward personal fulfillment by discovering how to live a successful life.

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Editorial Rating



  • Applicable
  • Well Structured
  • For Beginners


A popular leadership speaker and prolific author, John C. Maxwell has a great deal of experience in the process of personal growth, and he communicates it well. This book, published as The Success Journey in 1977, is a useful step-by-step guide to plotting your journey to success, right down to the thoughtful exercises at the end of each chapter. Maxwell does a nice job of mixing the personal and professional sides of success and encouraging you to redefine it. His definition is that success is following your true purpose and living up to your dreams and potential, rather than just accumulating wealth and possessions. The book is quite a fast read – probably because a good portion of it is devoted to quoting others – and its evangelical tone may not appeal to all readers. Maxwell also makes frequent use of catchphrases, which help fill a page but say little. getAbstract recommends this book to ambitious individuals looking for guidance on creating and following a workable, actionable life plan.


Know Where You Are Going

Before you begin your journey toward success, you must have a definition of what it takes to be truly successful. Many people have the wrong definition. They think that success comes in the form of money or power, achievements or possessions; others think that success is the pursuit of happiness, though their quest for it makes them continually miserable. Success is not a destination; it is a process. Success comes from having a mission in life and knowing how to grow in order to fulfill it.

One of the first steps in embarking on your journey to success is to determine the direction in which you are going. You must have a dream to drive you, motivate you, add meaning to your life and ultimately determine your destiny. How do you develop a dream? First examine your thoughts and focus on the hopes you think about most often. You must be confident that you can fulfill your goals. Cast aside your fear of failing. Use your creativity and “constructive discontent” to your advantage in the development of your dreams. Your vision requires dedication and perseverance. Many people lose sight of their objectives and let their dreams slide away. Share...

About the Author

John C. Maxwell is a leadership speaker and the author of more than 20 books. He is a corporate trainer and frequent lecturer.

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