I want to start out by saying that I am a huge fan of John C Maxwell and if you have not picked up anything by him then you are cheating yourself. In this book he really focuses on the key essentials to being successful. I loved his take on humility and thought it was great that he put that right up front. I feel this is key to any success. He addresses other topics but my second favorite topic was on failure. This is a short read and well worth taking the time to read it. One last thought from the book, paraphrased: There are two creatures in each of us. An eagle who wishes to soar and a hippopotamus that wants to wallow in the mud. Which will you give the reins in your life?