Book Review: How High Will You Climb? By John C. Maxwell

I am a creature of habit (even though I vehemently deny this when asked publicly). I had the opportunity to review yet another book and I impulsively went for a John Maxwell book. 🙂


This book is one which gives some steps on how you can determine your success by cultivating the right attitude. I like the way he starts the book by giving an insight as to how a plane’s attitude determines its altitude…when its nose is up, it definitely means the plane is going upwards despite the wind resistance.

The book highlights what I would like to call the basic principles of life with regard to how we go through difficulties. Even though he draws these principles from the bible, there is a subtle inference that you do not have to have any religious beliefs for these principles to be applied in your life.

On the other hand if you are a christian like me, you would appreciate the fact that John Maxwell refers to the bible as ‘a handbook on attitude performance’. He makes reference to the fact that the bible is our compass to find ways of thinking positively in an otherwise negative environment with God guiding us all the way.

Towards the end of the book in part IV, John gives a step-by-step guide on how you can begin the process of changing your attitude. This, to me, is the most important part of the book as it provides practical steps on how to do all he has talked about in the book. He also provides a study guide to help you rate yourself and apply the chapters of the book practically in your life.

Have a great day people!


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