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How High Will You Climb? by John Maxwell

Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

Book.1162.cover“Christ gives us a perfect example to follow. His high standard was not given to frustrate us but to reveal areas in our lives that need improvement. Whenever I study Philippians 2:3–8, I am reminded of the healthy attitude qualities that Jesus possessed.”

He was selfless, secure and submissive, and author John Maxwell challenges us to assess and examine our attitude and the impact of our attitude. Subtitled, “Determine Your Success By Cultivating the Right Attitude” this book challenges readers to become more insightful and incisive leaders.

“What Is An Attitude?”, John Maxwell asks. He explains:
It is the “advance man” of our true selves.
Its roots are inward but its fruit is outward.
It is our best friend and our worst enemy.
It is more honest and more consistent than our words.
It is an outward look based on past experiences.
It is a thing that draws people to us or repels them.
It is never content until it is expressed.
It is the librarian of our past.
It is the speaker of our present.
It is the prophet of our future.

Maxwell warns, “Sometimes the attitude can be masked outwardly, and others who see us are fooled. But usually the cover-ups will not last long. There is that constant struggle as the attitude tries to wiggle its way out.”

Attitude Axioms

To help us assess and unveil our attitude shortcomings Maxwell offers seven “Attitude Axioms.”

ATTITUDE AXIOM #1: Our attitude determines our approach to life.

ATTITUDE AXIOM #2: Our attitude determines our relationship with people.

ATTITUDE AXIOM #3: Often our attitude is the only difference between success and failure

ATTITUDE AXIOM #4: Our attitude at the beginning of the task will affect its outcome more than anything else

ATTITUDE AXIOM #5: Our attitude can turn our problems into blessings.

ATTITUDE AXIOM #6: Our attitude can give us an uncommonly positive perspective.

ATTITUDE AXIOM #7: Our attitude is not automatically good because we are Christians.


“Here are some rules to remember when you have one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days and your attitude starts to plummet.”

RULE 1: Maintain the right attitude when the “going gets tough.”

RULE 2: Realize that the “rough weather” will not last forvever.

RULE 3: Try to make major decisions before the storm.

RULE 4: Keep in contact with the control tower.

Though those four rules are familiar to some of us, young leaders need to hear them and they are great reminder to veteran leaders to help them before the next storm they are under-prepared for.

Speaking of which, the “Crash from Within” addresses the power of the fear of failure and the dread of discouragement, and offers some practical steps to minimize their impact. More than twenty-years as a leader in the same job have given me awareness that those two have taken down and taken apart more fellow leaders than any other.


There is a lot to appreciate in this book. Maxwell is an insightful writer. He’s offered us another practical and challenging book. I appreciated that many chapters had an “Attitude Application” section to help us assess our attitude.

Throughout “How high will you climb?”
– There are challenges to consider.
– There is an assessment to assist our attutude.
– There are thoughtful warning to parents.
– There are clarion-calls to leaders.
– There are invitations to mentors.
I’m glad that I read this book, and I think that other leaders and aspiring leaders will be glad that they read it too.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 […] “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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