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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Interview With Inspirational Leader & Best-Selling Author John Maxwell

         

1.      John, what exactly is intentional living? Intentional living is deliberately, consistently, and willfully doing things to make a difference every day in the lives of others.

2.      What do you hope your book, Intentional Living, will do for the lives of your readers? My desire for this book is for it to help readers experience a fulfilling life by taking action every day to make a difference in the lives of others. Many people desire success, but aren’t intentional about going after it. They have good intentions, but good intentions aren’t enough. Then, even when the people who are somewhat intentional about pursuing success achieve it, they discover that success alone is hollow – that it doesn’t give them the fulfillment that they’d hoped for. That’s why I encourage people to be intentional – for the right reasons. When you focus on adding value to others, you experience significance, rather than just success. And I believe that once you’ve tasted significance, success will never satisfy.

3.      You have been inspiring and motivating millions for decades. How does this book differ from your earlier bestsellers? This is the most personal book I’ve ever written. When I sat down to work on this book, I felt like the message was so important that I had to really think about how I was going to deliver it. As I thought it over, I realized that significance was something I had discovered over the course of my life. And I’d also learned different aspects of intentional living along the way. To really communicate the concepts, I needed to tell a lot of my story. With Intentional Living, I was able to teach and illustrate the concepts by telling my own journey of significance, from my teen years up to the present.

Also, many of my books contain opportunities for application, but before Intentional Living, we’d never before created an entire program of application to go along with the book. I wanted to make the idea as accessible and applicable as possible. So we created the 7 Day Experiment, a free online resource to help people get a taste of living intentionally and making a difference. We also developed the 30 Day Journey, which expands on the 7 Day Experiment by giving people 30 days’ worth of practical and concrete things that they can do to establish the habit of intentional living, which they could then carry on for the rest of their lives.

4.      Does one's life have to have a purpose, and if so, how does one discover what it is? I believe everyone does have a purpose, whether they know it or not. I’m a person of faith. And while I’m not trying to push it on anyone, it does color my perspective. As a person of faith, I believe everyone was created by God and given distinct gifts and talents. And I believe everyone is surrounded by opportunities to make a difference. If you discover what you’re good at and look for ways to help other people, you can begin to understand your purpose. Then, when you’re doing the thing that you were created to do, for the benefit of other people, something resonates inside of you that says, “I was made for this.” I believe anyone can develop their best thing and use it to help others, and thus tap into their purpose.


5.      John, there are tens of millions of people in America struggling to deal with pain, loss, poverty, disability, mental illness, low IQ, disease or some kind of deficit. How will they find the time, resources, strength and education to implement the life you are proposing? When most people hear about making a difference or living intentionally, they mistakenly believe that they have to do something big. But that’s not true. To make a difference, you don’t have to be rich. You don’t have to be famous or influential. You don’t have to have lived a long life. You can do something for another person no matter where you are in life. You can say something kind and affirming to the cashier in the checkout line. You can leave a good tip for a single mom waiting on you in a restaurant. You can give someone your seat on the subway. You can teach a child to read. If you help others, using what you do have, you can make a difference. If you do that consistently, that’s intentional living.

For more information, and a review of his latest book, please see: http://bookmarketingbuzzblog.blogspot.com/2015/12/john-maxwell-best-selling-author-shows.htm


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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 © 2016




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