This book couldn't have come at a better time for me. I was dealing with a difficult work situation and getting very angry and reading this book helped put it all into perspective. Life isnt easy but it can be better and more fulfilling if you look at negatives as a way to learn and grow. It is all about perspective and looking forwards to self improvement.
From the opening beautiful into by the late John Wooden through the amazingly inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout, John C. Maxwell does a wonderful job of laying out the case for learning and growing through failures and disappointments.
I really loved how the book was set-up with each section being specific to one of his eleven elements that make up people who learn from mistakes:
1. Humility - The Spirit of Learning
2. Reality - The Foundation of Learning
3. Responsibility - The First Step of Learning
4. Improvement - The Focus of Learning
5. Hope - The Motivation of Learning
6. Teachability - The Pathway of Learning
7. Adversity - The Catalyst of Learning
8. Problems - The Opportunities of Learning
9. Bad Experiences - The Perspective for Learning
10. Change - The Price of Learning
11. Maturity - The Value of Learning
One of the most important takeaways is the need for personal accountability which is a trait that is sorely lacking from American society.
I truly feel like I have a better handle on how to tackle change, problems and failures thanks to this book, and I know that I will be re-reading this often. I also plan on purchasing at least one copy for the office as well as for my coworkers, this is an important book especially during turbulent times.