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Drawing from the text of the Business Week bestseller Today Matters, this condensed, revised edition boils down John C. Maxwell's 12 daily practices to their very essence, giving maximum impact in minimal time. Presented in a quick-read format, this version is designed to be read cover to cover in one sitting or taken in as brief lessons in a few spare minutes each day. It Drawing from the text of the Business Week bestseller Today Matters, this condensed, revised edition boils down John C. Maxwell's 12 daily practices to their very essence, giving maximum impact in minimal time. Presented in a quick-read format, this version is designed to be read cover to cover in one sitting or taken in as brief lessons in a few spare minutes each day. It covers such topics as: -- Priorities -- Health -- Family -- Finances -- Values -- Growth Readers will learn how to make decisions on important matters and apply those decisions daily to put them on a path to more successful, productive, and fulfilling lives.


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Drawing from the text of the Business Week bestseller Today Matters, this condensed, revised edition boils down John C. Maxwell's 12 daily practices to their very essence, giving maximum impact in minimal time. Presented in a quick-read format, this version is designed to be read cover to cover in one sitting or taken in as brief lessons in a few spare minutes each day. It Drawing from the text of the Business Week bestseller Today Matters, this condensed, revised edition boils down John C. Maxwell's 12 daily practices to their very essence, giving maximum impact in minimal time. Presented in a quick-read format, this version is designed to be read cover to cover in one sitting or taken in as brief lessons in a few spare minutes each day. It covers such topics as: -- Priorities -- Health -- Family -- Finances -- Values -- Growth Readers will learn how to make decisions on important matters and apply those decisions daily to put them on a path to more successful, productive, and fulfilling lives.

30 review for Make Today Count: The Secret of Your Success Is Determined by Your Daily Agenda

  1. 4 out of 5

    Wayne C Anderson

    Another perspective changing and setting view of life. Your life. You are in control of your life and this book helps you take the controls and set your course for do whats important. Consume this book and you will love the results. Make it happen.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Magdalena

    This book is my new ultimate favorite self development book. Maxwell organized and delivered his points very well. Each point's expanation was short and straight to the point but with enough real life example. I like how Maxwell gave his own stories as examples. His points were very much applicable to our own lives and he also provided us tips on how to apply them. Overall, I think this book was really enjoyable to read. I can definitely see myself re-reading this book in the future! This book is my new ultimate favorite self development book. Maxwell organized and delivered his points very well. Each point's expanation was short and straight to the point but with enough real life example. I like how Maxwell gave his own stories as examples. His points were very much applicable to our own lives and he also provided us tips on how to apply them. Overall, I think this book was really enjoyable to read. I can definitely see myself re-reading this book in the future!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Reem Hamadi

    It is an informative book📖 I love it:)❤

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    A great, insightful book on making the most of everyday. Each chapter gives personal testimony with how to’s and and examples that the author has used to increase his leadership based on values. Small, simple steps that have lead to incredible growth both personally and professionally. People grow their capacity, be it for leadership and understanding of others or their own personal growth and development, not by accident, but through focus with a plan. Highly recommended to help you make each o A great, insightful book on making the most of everyday. Each chapter gives personal testimony with how to’s and and examples that the author has used to increase his leadership based on values. Small, simple steps that have lead to incredible growth both personally and professionally. People grow their capacity, be it for leadership and understanding of others or their own personal growth and development, not by accident, but through focus with a plan. Highly recommended to help you make each of your days count.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mahlangu Nzunda

    This is a great book to helps you realize how important setting aside time everyday to review certain key areas of your life is. The key areas John mentions -attitude, priorities, health, family, thinking, commitment, finances, faith, relationships, generosity, values and growth- are not exhaustive but rather suggestive. John does a great job in giving you some ideas that you can implement and even improve upon as you go. It is indeed a great book to help you make everyday count.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Camejo

    It’s very motivating and I like that it’s broken down into bite sized-chapters. I’m already applying some of what I learned such as growth strategies, setting and evaluating priorities, and being more generous. I’m going to keep it for future reference.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rishabh Karajgi

    John Maxwell is one of my favourite authors for learning about Leadership. For the plain reason that he makes leadership look very achievable and not something only gifted individuals can achieve.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Simo

    another great read from this author I always enjoy this author's books. He has a great way of taking big ideas and focusing them in manageable steps. The only thing was it a bit short in places when he could've expanded another great read from this author I always enjoy this author's books. He has a great way of taking big ideas and focusing them in manageable steps. The only thing was it a bit short in places when he could've expanded

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ahlay Mee

    I was visiting my niece and read this book! There are many things which I reflect myself with this book. I enjoyed reading this and gives me a new perspective of myself in which I have to improve.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lea Rivera

    Maxwell's words are brilliant! I really feel so guided. Glad I read it. Maxwell's words are brilliant! I really feel so guided. Glad I read it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gabe Wood

    Biggest takeaways: He was very focused on his family and the quality of his marriage. I loved that he said he would save the fun details about life to tell his wife because he found that he wasn't as excited to tell her fun news if he had already told 3 people at work before he got home. Strengths. I am a huge proponent of focusing on your strengths. I do believe working on your weaknesses can be beneficial but just simply spending too much time thinking about your weaknesses can only damage. The Biggest takeaways: He was very focused on his family and the quality of his marriage. I loved that he said he would save the fun details about life to tell his wife because he found that he wasn't as excited to tell her fun news if he had already told 3 people at work before he got home. Strengths. I am a huge proponent of focusing on your strengths. I do believe working on your weaknesses can be beneficial but just simply spending too much time thinking about your weaknesses can only damage. There is only so much time in life, capitalize on the gifts you have been given. "you will never change your life until you change what you do daily" Those daily activities, or rituals are the things that make the biggest changes in one's life. "Nobody can make another person happy. That was my job" it is your own job to make yourself happy "If you don't decide how your day will be spent, someone else will" so true. "your choices are the only thing you truly control" " If you desire to change yourself, then start with your mind" "Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least"

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sir Readalot

    Let's play the self help bingo! • Giving obvious advices ✓ • Writing the same BS ✓ • Talking about discipline and it's importance ✓ • Throwing the term "positive attitude" every now and then ✓ • "Power of positive thinking" ✓ • More obvious shit on finances, for eg: "reduce your debt" (yes, that's a direct quote) , which makes you go "oh rEaLly" Seriously, Fuck this book. Let's play the self help bingo! • Giving obvious advices ✓ • Writing the same BS ✓ • Talking about discipline and it's importance ✓ • Throwing the term "positive attitude" every now and then ✓ • "Power of positive thinking" ✓ • More obvious shit on finances, for eg: "reduce your debt" (yes, that's a direct quote) , which makes you go "oh rEaLly" Seriously, Fuck this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    MariaK

    Nothing to write home about. Just an OK book. I wasn't inspired like other reviewers were and I didn't learn anything new. I found that the book had some good pieces of advice but they were more like reminders of things we already know, e.g. that it is important to stay healthy and exercise, that we should take some time each day to relax and think, etc. Nothing to write home about. Just an OK book. I wasn't inspired like other reviewers were and I didn't learn anything new. I found that the book had some good pieces of advice but they were more like reminders of things we already know, e.g. that it is important to stay healthy and exercise, that we should take some time each day to relax and think, etc.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joalan Loraine

    This book will help you break down your goals and putting them into action. Focusing on your day to day values, attitude, how you look at life and making sure you will achieve your goal. All you have to do is put it in a paper and do them, everyday until those things become your habit. Can’t wait for my goals to succeed!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patti

    I just started this yesterday, still in chapter one, can't wait to get home and read some more! I just started this yesterday, still in chapter one, can't wait to get home and read some more!

  16. 5 out of 5

    David Rosage

    Great book... I could not put it down! For anyone looking to reshape their life this is an excellent read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shane

    very applicable, and gives a basic method to do so. after more thought, the true value here lies in the ability to adapt this method to your personal values, and reflect and revise over time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Zakhia

    I advice it for everyone who is seeking change.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carl McKever

    Outstanding lessons about changing your perspective about today and understanding the power of your significance in each day. Life-changing, worth the buy, and a great gift to share with friends.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Daniel TheCreator

    Quick read for a mind to seek success in every area of life (:

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bart Mebel

    great book to help reinforce the daily process to become your best self

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    "The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda." "The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda."

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rehman Elahi

    An amazing book that provides guidance & help in performing daily, day to day task.I suggest everybody should keep this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michelle-Ashley Ellerington

    Very preachy and over the top. DNF around chapter 4. I would not reccommend at all, there are a lot of other books that are better.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kev Willoughby

    "You really can make today great. The key is to make the most important decisions of your life and then to manage those decisions. Anyone who does that consistently can make today a masterpiece." - John Maxwell I first read this book in 2014, and it still resonates in 2020. In "Make Today Count," John Maxwell emphasizes the "Daily Dozen," which is a collection of 12 focus areas that he says are essential for personal success: 1. Attitude 2. Priorities 3. Health 4. Family 5. Thinking 6. Commitment 7. Fin "You really can make today great. The key is to make the most important decisions of your life and then to manage those decisions. Anyone who does that consistently can make today a masterpiece." - John Maxwell I first read this book in 2014, and it still resonates in 2020. In "Make Today Count," John Maxwell emphasizes the "Daily Dozen," which is a collection of 12 focus areas that he says are essential for personal success: 1. Attitude 2. Priorities 3. Health 4. Family 5. Thinking 6. Commitment 7. Finances 8. Faith 9. Relationships 10. Generosity 11. Values 12. Growth Although John Maxwell's advice is that a person focus on each of these 12 areas (or create your own 10-15 areas) consistently, as a reader, I think that one or more of these may stand out more than others, depending on where that reader is in their life. For me, in 2020, Attitude and Relationships seem to stand out more. I think Attitude is a given; it is a cornerstone to personal success that cannot be overemphasized. If someone has a rotten attitude, it is manifested in their relationships with others. People are either appalled by or drawn to a person, based on their attitude. With that in mind, one thing that has seemed to be impressed upon me repeatedly in both my interactions with others and as a bystander in observation of how others interact is this: the way I treat others is a reflection of my character, not the other person's character. And this truth seems to stand, regardless of what the other person has done, good or bad. And it stands regardless of whether we're talking about personal or professional relationships. In John Maxwell's chapter on Relationships, he comes close to this same concept with the following advice: People are insecure... give them confidence. People want to feel special... sincerely compliment them. People desire a better tomorrow... show them hope. People need to be understood... listen to them. People are selfish... speak to their needs first. People are emotionally low... encourage them. People want to be associated with success... help them win. He goes on to say, "when you understand people, don't take their shortcomings personally, and help them to succeed, you lay the groundwork for good relationships." I feel like if I didn't get anything else out of this book but just a clear understanding of how to improve my relationships (and to also actually put this into practice), then this book was well worth the time to read and learn. And yet, Relationships is just 1 of the 12 "daily dozen" from John Maxwell that you will get from this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stuart

    A good book for quick self-reflection. I could have read it in a day (or an hour!), but I tried instead to read a chapter a day so that I could mull it over. It's a very straightforward, simple self-help style book. I'm usually not a fan of self-help as a genre, but this was easy and solid enough to warrant the read. As one professor said of Maxwell, much of his work is a 'mile wide, inch deep.' I'd be inclined to agree with that assessment for the book. Instead of a deep, probing analysis of the A good book for quick self-reflection. I could have read it in a day (or an hour!), but I tried instead to read a chapter a day so that I could mull it over. It's a very straightforward, simple self-help style book. I'm usually not a fan of self-help as a genre, but this was easy and solid enough to warrant the read. As one professor said of Maxwell, much of his work is a 'mile wide, inch deep.' I'd be inclined to agree with that assessment for the book. Instead of a deep, probing analysis of the human psyche, Maxwell gives good, general things to think about, and skims their surfaces, inviting the reader to pride their depths in his or her own life. I think it's a grand approach. The only small critique I'd have for the book is the seemingly small emphasis it put on Jesus Himself. There were a couple points in the book that made me squirm. The most representative example of those points is when he speaks of commitment, and his commitment to building a new church building. He writes: 'To accommodate growth, I needed to improve my [church] staff. That meant terminating some people who were very popular.' (60-1). Firing and adding church staff members is not how the church is suppose to operate. I understand that the book is not written to an exclusively Christian audience, but a church is not a business. Staff members are not under an executive pastor like they would be under a CEO. The pastor cannot just fire and hire at will. There are many similar instances where capitalist business ethics are applied to life under the guise of biblical ones. The book, however, is still a general one and not an exclusively Christian one, so these, while unsettling, are completely understandable. Overall, a good book. The conclusion gives a great way to apply the 'Daily Dozen' and move forward. If you want a light, self-help book to get started, especially if you're in business, read this one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Head

    The following answers are from my BetterBookClub.com report for cj Advertising... Q-Give one quote from the book that impacted your thought process and describe how. A-“A hundred years ago, most causes of illness were related to infectious disease. Today, they are related to stress.” –John Maxwell Q-Which co-worker would you recommend this book to? A-Anyone who is trying to find a balance in their lives and they are feeling overwhelmed. Q-Rate this book on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest rating The following answers are from my BetterBookClub.com report for cj Advertising... Q-Give one quote from the book that impacted your thought process and describe how. A-“A hundred years ago, most causes of illness were related to infectious disease. Today, they are related to stress.” –John Maxwell Q-Which co-worker would you recommend this book to? A-Anyone who is trying to find a balance in their lives and they are feeling overwhelmed. Q-Rate this book on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest rating. A-8 Q-What is a specific real world application that you will be able to make from what you learned in this book? A-The entire chapter on family stuck out the most to me the most. • Put your family on your calendar first-if there is a little league game, parent-teacher conference or date night that you know you want to go to put it on your calendar and work other things around that. • Maintain family traditions-this is something that I started thinking about after Braxton was born. The important thing is what Braxton will receive from Santa, it’s what we do as a family that matters the most. • Find ways to spend time together-this is hard since all three of us are going in different directions. However, it is VERY important that we are a family. Sometimes it’s okay for Braxton to stay up late in order for Jeremy to see him. • Keep your marriage healthy first-“The most important thing a father can do for a child is to love their mother.” And vice versa! • Express Appreciation for each other-say thanks for all of the little things that the other person does for you. • Resolve conflict as quickly as possible-if it is not resolved to the liking of all parties the issue will come up again and again. Q-What is the one thing that you think you will do differently or think differently about since you read the book? A-I liked the Generosity chapter for this one… You can be generous not just with money, but with your time as well.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    Originally published in angelroman.org Undoubtedly Maxwell has a unique way to deliver his messages, and I’m grateful for. Normally when I read a book about ‘leadership’ or ‘self-improvement’ I expect a boring discourse that is not understandable and falls into clichés, but when reading Maxwell my reading experience is totally positive. The book is divided into chapters for each topic (12). And even though “Make Today Count” is a derived work from another book, each topic is presented with consist Originally published in angelroman.org Undoubtedly Maxwell has a unique way to deliver his messages, and I’m grateful for. Normally when I read a book about ‘leadership’ or ‘self-improvement’ I expect a boring discourse that is not understandable and falls into clichés, but when reading Maxwell my reading experience is totally positive. The book is divided into chapters for each topic (12). And even though “Make Today Count” is a derived work from another book, each topic is presented with consistency and total readability. If you have read any other book by Maxwell you’ll recognize the way he takes the reader through a chapter. He shares personal experiences and then presents different approaches to the topic. The use of quotes or examples from another personalities it’s also a resource he uses this time to back up his conclusions, this time though I felt less overwhelmed than with my last review. It’s worth mentioning I liked the way he shared about his faith in this book, making it not only part of his teaching, but central to his life. I know it’s not a secret, but I admire the way he talked about it very openly, not for his own sake but for the sake of the benefits or consequences of making faith central to everything we do. If you read the description, you can see this is a book derived from a bigger one called Today Matters, it has only 136 pages, so you can actually read it in one sitting as the statement says, but I would rather advice you to read carefully through each chapter and take your time to digest its content, one chapter at a time. Rating: ★★★★ I received this book for free from Hachette Book Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joe Cassada

    This is the first book by John Maxwell that I've finished. I've heard a lot about his works on leadership, so I recently bought some at a used book store and borrowed this particular one from the library. Yesterday, I strolled through a Barnes & Noble and was shocked at just how many books this man has produced, and it made me wonder: how many really good books can a guy write about leadership before he starts pumping out consumer fodder? Other writers in the same genre seem to take up much less This is the first book by John Maxwell that I've finished. I've heard a lot about his works on leadership, so I recently bought some at a used book store and borrowed this particular one from the library. Yesterday, I strolled through a Barnes & Noble and was shocked at just how many books this man has produced, and it made me wonder: how many really good books can a guy write about leadership before he starts pumping out consumer fodder? Other writers in the same genre seem to take up much less shelf space compared to the numbers of volumes that bear Maxwell's name. Admittedly, I am skeptical about self-help gurus and leadership experts. I mean, unless a man has led an army or governed a nation or founded a multi-billion dollar company, just what exactly does he think makes him a great leader - great enough to write not one, not two, but a multitude of books about leadership? So, this book's title seems to promise to show us how we can all make the most of our day - carpe diem and all like that. But it's really less about time management and more about self-leadership. I kind of liked the book, actually. It was filled with quite a few punchy quotes, which I always enjoy (albeit many seemed oddly disconnected from their surrounding context). The book smacks a bit of random thinking that somehow found it's way into 12 brief chapters - or a sideshow in a circus of platitudes, but you should be able to sift through the cotton candy and find a peanut worth chewing on. So, I'm glad to have read it, but it didn't change my life or anything,and there are plenty of better books in this genre. Best to borrow it from the library and save your clams for a different volume at the bookstore.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kara Lane

    The basic premise of this book is that the secret to your success is determined by your daily agenda. The author has a list of 12 areas to focus on daily that he believes are critical to success. He calls them the "Daily Dozen." They are: 1. Attitude 2. Priorities 3. Health 4. Family 5. Thinking 6. Commitment 7. Finances 8. Faith 9. Relationships 10. Generosity 11. Values 12. Growth He spends a chapter on each of the Daily Dozen. For each, he notes what decision he has made in each area. As an example, for "a The basic premise of this book is that the secret to your success is determined by your daily agenda. The author has a list of 12 areas to focus on daily that he believes are critical to success. He calls them the "Daily Dozen." They are: 1. Attitude 2. Priorities 3. Health 4. Family 5. Thinking 6. Commitment 7. Finances 8. Faith 9. Relationships 10. Generosity 11. Values 12. Growth He spends a chapter on each of the Daily Dozen. For each, he notes what decision he has made in each area. As an example, for "attitude," his decision is "I am going to keep a positive attitude and use it to influence others." Then he provides suggestions on how to incorporate the items critical to success into your daily life. He makes the great point that what you become is the result of what you do today. The only way to change your life is to change what you do daily. This is a great little book that packs a powerful punch!

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