Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Put your dream to the test
“I have a dream…”
Those are four very famous words that showed the power of a passionately held vision. What I liked about John Maxwell’s Put your Dream to the Test is its thoughtful, analytical approach to how people can turn such dreams into reality.
The book is structured around ten questions that help determine whether our dreams are right for us (as opposed to, for instance, what our parents wanted for us) and whether we’re willing to do all that it takes to achieve them. It never gets too methodical, though, and there are plenty of stories of people who did achieve what they hoped for, as well as inspiring quotes and humorous anecdotes.
The book stays positive throughout, though it still acknowledges that many dreams cannot and will not be fulfilled quickly or easily – i.e. no instant gratification. That’s a characteristic of so many great achievements, though. And the author places as much emphasis on pragmatism and hard work as on the value of dreams. A head-in-the-clouds style would never have appealed to me, but this is like the anti-“Death of a Salesman”.
I try to balance my reviews and point out whatever didn’t work (as well as what I liked), but I can’t do that here. I enjoyed this book too much.