In our busy schedule, whether we are students, working in corporate or self- employed, we need a consistent dose of wisdom so we can keep improving. If you are new to reading or don’t have time to read, then this book is a good start where you can commit yourself to read one chapter, i.e. one law of growth at a day.
The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential by John C. Maxwell is a good summary for 15 laws for personal growth. These laws are:
- The Law of Intentionality: Growth Doesn’t Just Happen
- The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself
- The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself
- The Law of Reflection: Learning to Pause Allows Growth to Catch Up with You
- The Law of Consistency: Motivation Gets You Going—Discipline Keeps You Growing
- The Law of Environment: Growth Thrives in Conducive Surroundings
- The Law of Design: To Maximize Growth, Develop Strategies
- The Law of Pain: Good Management of Bad Experiences Leads to Great Growth
- The Law of the Ladder: Character Growth Determines the Height of Your Personal Growth
- The Law of the Rubber Band: Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You Are and Where You Could Be
- The Law of Trade-Offs: You Have to Give Up to Grow Up
- The Law of Curiosity: Growth Is Stimulated by Asking Why?
- The Law of Modeling: It’s Hard to Improve When You Have No One but Yourself to Follow
- The Law of Expansion: Growth Always Increases Your Capacity
- The Law of Contribution: Growing Yourself Enables You to Grow Others
My only problem with the book is that it is excessively filled with quotes and stories, which made some parts really annoying. Maxwell already revealed that secret in this book when he said:
“I have a system for capturing and filing all the good stories, quotes, and articles that I read”.
“I am continually putting quotes and ideas in my mental Crock-Pot to let them incubate. These days I do that by putting them in the Notes app of my iPhone. I keep them there for days, weeks, or months and look at them often to reflect on them”.
Sometimes you feel that the book was written overnight. Having said that, we can’t ignore the wisdom in the book. Personally, I kept highlighting a lot of parts.
My best takeaways from the book are:
- “What do I mean when I write about growth? That will be as unique as you are. To discover your purpose, you need to grow in self-awareness. To become a better human being, you need to grow in character. To advance in your career, you need to grow in your skills. To be a better spouse or parent, you need to grow in relationships. To reach your financial goals, you need to grow in your knowledge about how money works. To enrich your soul, you need to grow spiritually”.
- “You cannot change your life until you change something you do every day”.
- “Life is now in session. Are you present?”
- “The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it”.
- “Motivation is like love and happiness. It’s a by-product. When you’re actively engaged in doing something, it sneaks up and zaps you when you least expect it”.
- “Comparing yourself to others is really just a needless distraction. The only one you should compare yourself to is you. Your mission is to become better today than you were yesterday. You do that by focusing on what you can do today to improve and grow. Do that enough, and if you look back and compare the you of weeks, months, or years ago to the you of today, you should be greatly encouraged by your progress”.
- “Experience is not the best teacher. Evaluated experience is!”
- “But here’s the truth when it comes to personal growth: Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing. That’s the Law of Consistency. It doesn’t matter how talented you are. It doesn’t matter how many opportunities you receive. If you want to grow, consistency is key”.
- “You have to give yourself more and bigger whys so you can keep wanting to put in the effort to grow”.
- “If you’re always at the head of the class, then you’re in the wrong class”.
- “So how do you accomplish something strategically on a consistent basis? By creating and using systems. One of the greatest secrets to my personal growth and high productivity is that I use systems for everything”.
- “The secret of your success is found in your daily routine”.
- “Each time we encounter a painful experience, we get to know ourselves a little better. Pain can stop us dead in our tracks. Or it can cause us to make decisions we would like to put off, deal with issues we would rather not face, and make changes that make us feel uncomfortable. Pain prompts us to face who we are and where we are. What we do with that experience defines who we become”.
- “I’m not where I’m supposed to be, I’m not what I want to be, But I’m not what I used to be. I haven’t learned how to arrive; I’ve just learned how to keep going”.
- “When failure is your friend, you don’t ask, “How can I distance myself from this experience?” Instead, you ask, “Why did this happen? What can I learn? How can I grow from this?” As a result, you fail fast, learn fast, and get to try again fast. That leads to growth and future success”.
- “Most people who decide to grow personally find their first mentors in the pages of books”.