Book Review: Failing Forward

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read! I heard Maxwell teach recently and he said if he were a college president, he would make a class called Failure 101 and make it a requirement for every student to go through so they can learn to fail.

The thesis for the book is: The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.

Above anything else, this book taught me that it’s ok to fail. In fact, in life I’ll probably fail 50 million times! I think as a young man with a lot of ambition, hopes, and dreams, this is an important lesson. There have been many times where I’ve felt that I’ve failed and let it ruin my day, week, or month. This book helped me have a greater perspective on failure.

If you’re breathing, this is a must read. Buy it here!


  • The average for entrepreneurs is 3.8 failures before they finally make it in business.
  • Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. —THOMAS EDISON
  • Get a new definition of failure. Regard it as the price you pay for progress. If you can do that, you will put yourself in a much better position to fail forward.
  • The greater the feat you desire to achieve, the greater the mental preparation required for overcoming obstacles and persevering over the long haul.
  • if fear overcomes you, it’s almost impossible to fail forward.
  • Harvard psychologist Jerome Bruner says, “You’re more likely to act yourself into feeling than feel yourself into action.” So act! Whatever it is you know you should do, do it.
  • Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s okay to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing. —H. STANLEY JUDD
  • Ninety percent of all those who fail are not actually defeated. They simply quit. —PAUL J.MEYER
  • Failure is the greatest opportunity I have to know who I really am. —JOHN KILLINGER

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