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Book Summary – Success Is a Choice by John C. Maxwell.

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In Success Is a Choice: Make the Choices that Make You Successful, Leadership thought leader and author John C. Maxwell shares fourteen choices for creating a dream life. Success is a choice book is abridged from Maxwell’s New York Times bestselling book, Beyond Talent: Become Someone Who Gets Extraordinary Results.

The Type of People

Another thing that can distract you from results is interaction with difficult people. You will come in contact with a lot of people who can impact your efforts as you work on achieving your dreams—some in a negative way. Here are five types of people you are likely to encounter:

  • Refreshers—they inspire your dreams and energize your talents.
  • Refiners—they sharpen your ideas and clarify your vision.
  • Reflectors—they mirror your energy, neither adding nor subtracting from it.
  • Reducers—they try to reduce your vision and efforts to their comfort level.
  • Rejecters—they deny your talent, hinder your efforts, and impede your vision.

If you remain focused on results, you will stay grounded. The praise of others is less likely to go to your head, and the negative impact of people such as the reducers and rejecters will be minimized.

The Power of Your Visions

Everything that is created is actually created twice. First it is created mentally; then it is created physically. Where does that mental creation come from? The answer is vision.

Former world heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali, called “The Greatest,” asserted, “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

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