Make It Count

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A Book Discussion:

Make Today Count:

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This paper was prepared for BUS 311, New Venture Creation, taught by Katherine Watkins.

A Book Discussion: Make Today Count

Make Today Count: The Secret of Your Success Is Determined by Your Daily Agenda by John C. Maxwell, discusses 12 daily practices to their very essence, giving maximum impact in minimal time. 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:


* Attitude

* Priorities

* Health

* Family

* Thinking

* Commitment

* Finances

* Faith

* Relationships

* Generosity

* Values

* 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 book focuses on making changes within yourself and changes around you that can influence your personal growth both at home and within your job. It all boils down to how you look at situations, events, and even people. Having a positive attitude about all will help you become more successful. People notice changes and people want to be around someone that makes positive changes. I found this book to be quite intriguing overall. It is amazing to me how such small changes can affect a person and people around you. Now, these changes do not happen overnight and thus you have to have a little patience, but like they say, “Good things happen to those who wait.”

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, but...