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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

John Maxwell, Best-Selling Author, Shows Life Has A Purpose


What’s the purpose of life?

Better yet, what’s the purpose of your life?

#1 New York Times bestselling author John C. Maxwell answers the first question by helping others answer the second in his new book, Intentional Living: Choosing A Life That Matters (Center Street).

Maxwell has been living his purpose as a speaker and corporate coach, with book sales totaling 35 million copies.  American Management Association ranked him #1 on its list of business leaders in 2014.  Inc. magazine identified him as the most influential leadership expert.  His company has trained over five million leaders and each year, according to his book, he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world’s top business leaders.

His new book shows readers how to make their life matter.  He says to make a positive impact on the world doesn’t mean you need to be a certain age, have a lot of money, be famous, or have a big idea.

“The good news is that none of those things is necessary for you to achieve significance or create a lasting legacy,” notes the cover flap.  “The key to choosing a life that matters is being intentional.  If you possess the desire to make a difference, place a high value on people, and are willing to team up with others, significance is within your reach.”

Writers like Maxwell are successful because they take a basic concept and seek to own it.  He embraces the simple mantra – your life matters – and shows us why and how. He doesn’t necessarily tell you anything others haven’t said in other books, but he finds a way to tap into one’s desires and needs and encourages them to live life in a way that will benefit society and the individual.

“To be Signiant, all you have to do is make a difference with others wherever you are, with whatever you have, day by day,” he writes.

He’s written the classic self-help book in this volume, but it goes beyond the self part.  If people can see the world has a purpose and that they make it purposeful, then the world would begin to function on a whole new level.  He asks us to care about others in a way that links their lives to ours.

“My greatest hope,” writes Maxwell, “is that people everywhere will become intentional in seizing opportunities to make a difference and to transform their families, businesses, neighborhoods, communities, cities and countries. I believe that when we follow the path of wanting to make a difference, by doing something that makes a difference, with people who make a difference, at a time that makes a difference, we can change the world and make it a better place.”

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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2015

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