Book Review: 15 Laws of Growth by John C Maxwell
“Live them and Reach Your Potential”. John Maxwell has definitely delivered a fantastic book on personal development. “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” will be one of those timeless books that people are still reading in 30 years and trying to implement. The book can help you be successful at anything and doesn’t just apply to business. Apply these Laws to become a great chef or become the starting quarterback or graduate top of your class.
The book is broken down into individual chapters that coincide with each law. Each chapter is filled with practical advice, quotes and stories that bring each law to life. My favorite part is at the end of each chapter where there is a call to action. It lists some specific application examples that you must do if you want to get the most out of this book. For example, the chapter on “The Law of Environment” is about being around others who are better than you and being forced to constantly learn. Then, at the end of the chapter, it asks you a series of questions to help you assess your current environment and gives suggestions for how you can improve it.
I initially read this book cover to cover in a couple days to get a general feel for it. Once I realized how valuable this could be, I decided to dedicate the next 15 weeks to go over each chapter and do all of the action items. So to start each week, I would read each chapter while underlining phrases and taking notes in the margins. I would then start to work my way through the action items at the end. Finally, I would try to come up with one tiny thing I could do that week to apply that law.
Overall, “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” was a great book. This is one of those books that I can see myself reading multiple times or at least skimming through my notes and underlined sections. The items in this book are things that you can never perfect but instead should always just strive to do better. You can just kind of spiral upward to reach new levels while getting closer and closer to your potential. Even if you aren’t going to take the time to dig through it deeply and do every action item in the book, I would still suggest it. You will almost certainly get something positive out of it.
Brief Chapter-by-Chapter Highlight
- Law of Planning Growth – Don’t spend too much time trying to make the “perfect” plan. Once you realize you should do something, then Do It and learn the rest as you go.
- Law of Awareness – Know yourself and what you want to do with life.
- Law of the Mirror – Treat yourself with kindness and believe that you are worthy and can achieve anything.
- Law of Reflection – Analyze yourself and your actions regularly. Acknowledge what is working and what isn’t.
- Law of Consistency – Have a huge “Why” behind what you are doing and work on building small daily habits that will lead to your growth in your desired areas.
- Law of Environment – Be around others who are better than you. You never want to be a big fish in a small pond as it becomes very difficult to grow.
- Law of Design – Come up with systems for your life and constantly evaluate those systems to make them better. Systems for writing, working out, work projects, etc….
- Law of Pain – Don’t fear pain as pain is usually necessary for growth. You are going to fail your way to success.
- Law of the Ladder – Never stop climbing and never stop developing yourself. Never feel like you have gone as far as you can go.
- Law of the Rubber Band – Get out of your comfort zone and take risks that push you. Keep stretching and reaching towards excellence in all that you do.
- Law of Trade Offs – You will have to give up time and resources to grow. Don’t be afraid to give up a mediocre life out of fear of getting something worse.
- Law of Curiosity – Try to always keep a beginners mindset and always feel like you have a lot to learn in all areas.
- Law of Modeling – Look to others who have gone where you want to go and ask them for help, follow their advice, read their books, etc.
- Law of Expansion – Try to always think in term of “How Can I?” Don’t impose limits on yourself.
- Law of Contribution – Give to others. As you learn and grow, pass that knowledge onto others so that you can receive more.