Achieving Career Success: Advice from John Maxwell’s “15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”


I meet with a group of friends to discuss different leadership books that we read together and discuss.  Right now, we are reading John Maxwell’s book “15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”.  John Maxwell is a very well-known leadership expert and author, has taught invaluable wisdom through this book, that is now iconic, “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.” As you read it, Maxwell shares powerful principles that can drive individuals toward personal and professional growth. I have tried to highlight some career advice mined from Maxwell’s book, inspiring readers to begin the process to become the best they can be.

1. The Law of Consistency:

“Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements.” – John C. Maxwell

What most people do not understand is that wealth and success rarely come by one big decision or activity.  But rather by doing the “right” small things consistently every day for years.  Making small changes when needed.  Consistency is the key to long-term success. Think about your day and begin to create and execute daily habits and routines that support your career goals. Commit to ongoing self-improvement that serves you well, sometimes it’s reading relevant books, attending workshops, or engaging in workshops that teach skills relevant to your career path. By consistently investing in yourself and your growth, you will eventually build motion and make significant strides in your career’s journey.

2. The Law of Intentionality:

“Intentionality fuels the master’s journey.” – John C. Maxwell

In order to elevate your career path, you must advance it with intentionality. Being deliberate in setting goals is no longer a common thing in today’s average employee.  When you can learn to be deliberate in setting goals and creating a plan for your professional development, you will likely set yourself apart from 80% of anyone on your team. Actively seek opportunities for growth, both within and outside your what you are comfortable with. The best advice is to develop the habit of craving lifelong learning and invest time and effort into acquiring new skills and knowledge that align with your long-term career aspirations.

3. The Law of Curiosity:

“Growth is stimulated by asking why.” – John C. Maxwell

One of the biggest differences between A and B players is that “A” players always want to know the ins and outs of the business.  They are always asking themselves and others “why are we doing that”?  Cultivating a curious mindset is necessary for growth. “A” players never stop asking questions, seeking knowledge, or challenging assumptions. Many people can often confuse curiosity with being difficult.  So, make sure that you work equally on your delivery and your tone when asking questions.  Embrace curiosity as a stimulus for innovation and improvement. By consistently exploring new ideas and perspectives, you will begin to expand your horizons and uncover opportunities for career advancement.

4. The Law of Connection:

“Growth inside fuels growth outside.” – John C. Maxwell

Building a network of trusted friends/colleagues takes time.  Again, it is doing the same small things repeatedly that creates the success that most are looking for.  Developing significant connections and supporting relationships is crucial for career advancement. Invest time in people.  Add value to people.  Most people get this part wrong.  They go into different events looking for what others can do for you rather than looking for what you can do for others.  Zig Ziglar said long ago that “If you can help other people get what they want first, you will never have to ask what you want.” So, networking, attending industry events, and building a strong professional network is important.  But make sure you are always looking for small things you can do to add value to someone else. By fostering authentic connections, you’ll gain insights, support, and potential career opportunities.

5. The Law of Reflection:

“Learning to pause allows growth to catch up with you.” – John C. Maxwell

Take time for personal reflection and self-assessment. Regularly be intrinsic and evaluate yourself, your progress, strengths, and areas for improvement. Incorporate introspection to gain clarity on your career direction and identify areas that might be your blind spots.  Ask others if you do not know what they are.  Once you are aware of your blind spots you can begin doing something about it by enhancing your skills or knowledge in those areas. By pausing and reflecting, you’ll make informed decisions that align with your long-term career goals.

6. The Law of Contribution:

“To keep growing, we must give up something.” – John C. Maxwell

True growth comes from a genuine desire to contribute and give back. Always be willing to share your knowledge, skills, and expertise with others. Do not be selfish.  Mentor colleagues or aspiring professionals in your field when given the chance. By influencing the growth of others, you’ll deepen your own understanding, strengthen your leadership abilities, and have influence on those around you.

John Maxwell’s book, “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth,” is an iconic book that has made a great impact on many people all over the world. As Maxwell powerfully states, “Growth inside fuels growth outside.” By applying these laws in your professional journey, you can and will unlock your potential, and be able to witness yourself the best YOU can be.  Remember, life is a long-term journey, and it is within your reach to make it remarkable.