156: BOOK REVIEW: Winning with People by John C. Maxwell

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Do you know how to win with people? Are you a people person? Do you often dislike people? John C. Maxwell has a lot of very poignant points about people, how you should interact with them, and why interacting with them should be so important to you.

As John C Maxwell says, everyone but you is someone else, so understanding how to interact with other people and make a good impression on them should occupy most of your energy. It’s the difference-maker in how happy, fulfilled, and successful you will be in life. Ultimately, the things that bring fulfillment include others. The person who is entirely self-focused will feel restless and unfulfilled.

These are my book notes on the book “Winning with People” by John C. Maxwell. Listen to this episode to understand how to win more and better with people, enjoy your life more, see more success in your endeavors, and leave a positive imprint on the world, on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways:

  • One of the most important thing you will do is choose your friends
  • The difference between who you are now and who you are in 5 years will be the people you’re with and the books you read
  • If you don’t like people, that’s a statement about you and your viewpoint. You are the problem
  • If someone lashes out at you, the best thing to do is forgive and move on
  • In our relationships, we can either lift people up or bring them down. It takes no skill to tear down, but careful work to bring people up
  • Each person you meet has the potential to teach you something
  • Believing the best about people brings out the best in people
  • Make giving to others you goal
  • Ultimately, the things that bring fulfillment include others. The person who is entirely self-focused will feel restless and unfulfilled
  • If people made the effort to see things from other people’s point of view, 80% of our problems would be resolved
  • Are you willing to change? No one is too old, smart, or experienced to not need any more change and improvement
  • Avoid people who belittle your ambitions
  • Conflicts turn out well if you enter them with the mindset of caring about the other person and trying to help them. Make it a win for both parties
  • Never confront someone via email
  • If you are not honest with yourself, you will not be capable about being honest with other people
  • Try to see the positive in every situation
  • Let friends and family members know how much you care as often as you can
  • You may be able to impress people with your success, but if you want to connect with them, share your failures
  • Invest in people first and often. Focus on the investment, not the return
  • The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer everybody else up


Book: “Winning with People” by John C. Maxwell

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