Win a Free Copy of John C. Maxwell’s New Book: “Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn”

A Free Book Giveaway?

Yes! I’ve always been a huge fan of John Maxwell. He has so much to offer when it comes to leadership and personal development. John Maxwell has a new book that is hot off the press called Sometimes You Win–Sometimes You Learn: Life’s Greatest Lessons Are Gained from Our LossesSo I hope you win this book and will help you turn your losses into a great learning opportunity.


How Do You Win?

All you have to do is to TWO things:

1)    SHARE this post on Facebook or LinkedIn

2)    Leave a comment on bottom of the post. (Answer the Question at the bottom of the post!)

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I started this blog a two years ago in an effort to help you become the salt and light of this world.

My mission is to equip, empower, and transform you to be a world-changing kingdom-minded influencer by helping you:

1)     Live intentionally by discovering and fulfilling your God-given calling in life

2)     Cultivate leadership to bring kingdom impact

3)     Grow to your maximum potential

4)     Emulate the life of Jesus Christ

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My plan is to give away one book a month for the entire year. Check out my previous giveaways HERE.

All I am asking from you is to follow the instructions below.

This Month’s Book: John Maxwell’s “Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn”

#1 New York Times bestselling author John C. Maxwell believes that any setback, whether professional or personal, can be turned into a step forward when you possess the right tools to turn a loss into a gain. Drawing on nearly fifty years of leadership experience, Dr. Maxwell provides a roadmap for winning by examining the eleven elements that constitute the DNA of learners who succeed in the face of problems, failure, and losses.

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

Learning is not easy during down times, it takes discipline to do the right thing when something goes wrong. As John Maxwell often points out–experience isn’t the best teacher; evaluated experience is.


“The first time I met John Maxwell, I could tell that he and I shared the same values. He cares about people and he wants to help them. One of the best ways to do that is to teach people how to overcome failure and adversity. That ability turned my life around. If you read Sometimes You Win–Sometimes You Learn, you will learn that valuable skill. I highly recommend this book.” (Ben Carson, M.D., pediatric neurosurgeon and NYT bestselling author of America the Beautiful and Gifted Hands, on Sometimes You Win–Sometimes You Learn)

Millions of individuals–myself included–have been inspired by the words and works of John Maxwell. Now, in The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, John again shares his remarkable insights and wisdom into how each of us can reach our full potential and make a positive difference in the lives of others. (Elizabeth Dole, former U.S. Cabinet Secretary, Senator and President of the American Red Cross, on The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth )

I salute John Maxwell for being a pioneer for leadership throughout the world. In his most recent book, he has successfully distilled the 15 most invaluable laws for personal growth. To read this book is to receive the essence of John’s expertise, which will help you take your personal success to the next level.
(Stedman Graham, speaker, author and entrepreneur, on The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth)

John has been a mentor and teacher for me for many years and what I love most about him is that he has pushed and helped me personally go through The 5 Levels of Leadership!
(Kevin Turner, COO, Microsoft, on The 5 Levels of Leadership)

John Maxwell’s books have been required reading for my leadership team for years. I can’t think of anyone better at distilling decades of leadership experience into practical, approachable principles that anyone can apply at any level of leadership. (Dave Ramsey, host of The Dave Ramsey Show and best-selling author of The Total Money Makeover, on The 5 Levels of Leadership)

Enter the Giveaway: The Countdown begins!

Follow the instructions below to enter the Sometimes You Win–Sometimes You Learn contest and then spread the word to others! The contest ends at midnight on Friday, October 18th midnight (PST) and the winner will be announced on Saturday, October 19th.  Check this post to see the winner!

All you have to do is to two things:

1)    SHARE this post on Facebook or LinkedIn

2)    Leave a comment on bottom of the post. (Answer the Question below)

Question: How do you use losses as an opportunity to learn?

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  • Dean OBryan

    Losses have taught me about myself, strengths,weaknesses and life purpose. And as Paul said, suffering loss has given me capacity to be compassionate and better serve others who suffer.

    • You’re right Dean. I think that losses remind us that we are humans, not gods. So often, we deceive ourselves that we are in control. This breeds into a entitlement mentality which I think prevents us from serving others and striving for common good. I’ve put you in the giveaway contest! Thanks for being part of this Dean. 🙂

      • Dean OBryan

        You’re welcome; I always enjoy your thoughts! Loss brings humility (if we respond correctly) which results in more availability to God and others as servant leaders.

    • Awesome! Dean, congrats on your winning the book giveaway. Please send me your address to
      I’ll send you John’s new book!

      • Dean OBryan

        That’s so generous! Thank you! Address via FB

  • Rodrick R Bruce

    Our mistakes teaches us valuable lessons and can be passed on to our children and grandchildren. These losses help you to man up and be accountable, builds character, learn when to hold and when to fold, instills moral values, and brings forth your God given talents. Opportunities can build leadership, perhaps a persona of a new identity which brings forth self confidence. Our losses can perhaps help us examine our inter self to know our purpose in life. Forget about the small issues of loses that create distraction and focus on the big issues that you understand the most. To spin off from this question can help me explain in a nutshell that “The Purpose Driven Life” and “The Man in the Mirror” has help me to uses losses as an opportunity to learn.

    • You’re absolutely right Rodrick. Thanks for sharing your insights here. I definitely agree with you that losses cultivate our character as one goes through the maturity process. As I said to Dean, losses remind us that we are humans, not gods. Losses also help expand our perspective about how we view life as well.

  • MW

    Slowing down enough in life to actually reflect and really learn from our losses is crucial, especially if you don’t want to repeat them. These life challenges teach us far more then our successes at times as they prove the desire to keep going and find the best way when things are not necessarily falling into “our plan”.

    • Hi MW, thanks for sharing your thoughts here. I agree that slowing down to reflect your losses is vital to becoming wiser in living our lives. The problem that I see with the 21st century in America is how ‘slowing down’ is often seen as a vice where we are constantly bombarded with changes and technological advancements that encourages speed. How do you slow down and reflect in your life?

  • Zeke Smith

    I use losses as an opportunity for a period of reflection to determine if what I have around me is necessary or just cutter. I evaluate my possessions or lack of, my relationships (whether personal or business), time to slow down and start with zero inventory, and take take better care in what I stock my shelves in order to achieve my stated goals. I accept that it was an action of God; who is better suited to make decisions concerning my life.

  • Kristen

    When I lost my dream of going to medical school, I quickly (and anxiously) researched and networked with college alumni to learn what else one could do with a molecular biology degree… which led me to consider laboratory science. I moved to a new city but soon lost my sense of security- I was robbed on the street and then lost my new lab job two weeks later. I continued networking and applying for jobs with prayer and support from a new church community, but medical research opportunities were not available. I started working in a chemical research lab, then felt drawn toward a summer camp opportunity. Wanting to understand and impact the youth in my neighborhood, I worked with Earthen Vessels Outreach, which taught me to appreciate and serve the culture that had committed violence against me. Over the following year, the doors in biomedical science opened, and I was able to work while also pursuing a masters degree. Then came a start-up opportunity in personalized diagnostics, which ultimately did not go as expected. I redirected my energy toward spiritual growth in my community and now enjoy working in customer service. Through all these changes, I have felt God’s faithful hand and love. He is my shepherd and I shall not want…He restores my soul! More than ever before, I can agree with Paul: “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8). There is no job or career that can replace the security of my relationship with Jesus. As Romans 11:36 reminds us, “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever!”

    • Kristen, have you ever thought about shooting YouTube videos? I can’t remember the guys name, and I couldn’t find him on Google just now, but he produces videos explaining about biology and making it fun and simple to understand.

      That may be a cool way to do what you love and still teach.

  • When I have a success, I rarely look back at what I did well to achieve it. When I fail, I normally look at what I did wrong, or where I made a mistake. We can learn from both, but the lessons from failures tend to be easier to find.

    As the proverb says, “A wise man looks not where he fell, but where he stumbled.”

    Thanks for the chance to win Paul!

  • David Hong

    In my childhood and even till my university, I was afraid of failure and losses. I would be embarassed and feel dishonored. But as I made more and more mistakes, I realized that I shouldn’t be ashamed. Now I am very comfortable making mistakes and enjoy letting me be and I learn from my mistakes. To me, there is no failure, I don’t consider my mistakes or misdeeds as a failure to mourn. I take it as one of the process I need to go through to get where I want to go. This allowed me to learn comfortably from losses. I learn what went well and what did not. And next time I try, I am different. That’s how I use them to learn and grow. Thank you

  • Carla Diogo

    Over the years, I have embraced losses and have realized in each loss that it is pregnant with lessons. Sometimes it’s a test we need to pass, sometimes it’s a message that we are on the wrong path, sometimes it drives refocuses toward the purpose that we were born for. When I lose in anything, I look for the hidden meaning and ask, “What does this tell me about me, the siuatiom, God, etc.?” What do I need to say, do or behave differently to overcome this loss and prevent it from happening in the future.
    Thank you,

  • I really want to read John’s newest book! I love his writing.

    I think the first thing we have to remember is to take time to think about and evaluate what has happened and what we could have done differently. I see a lose as the opportunity to grow and become better. Great review!

  • Mac-faith Zuma

    I bumped into your blog through the leadership coaching group on linkedin a month ago. I have recently started a personal leadership development journey and it would be great to get on of John`s book on leadership.

    A: When I lose, I look at what I did wrong and take away from that a lesson of what principle of life I have learned.

  • Amy Croft

    Loss, for me, is a time when I learn to grieve and mourn in healthy ways, I celebrate what I’ve lost, I appreciate what I have, and I renew my commitment to stay grateful every day of my life since NOTHING is permanent this side of Heaven – except our relationship with Jesus Christ.