The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth – Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? John Maxwell says the answer is yes. He has been passionate about personal development for over fifty years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential. In the way that only he can communicate, John teaches . . .

The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself
The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself
The Law of Modeling: It’s Hard to Improve When You Have No One But Yourself to Follow
The Law of the Rubber Band: Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You are and Where You Could Be
The Law of Contribution: Developing Yourself Enables You to Develop Others

This third book in John Maxwell’s Laws series (following the 2-million seller The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork) will help you become a lifelong learner whose potential keeps increasing and never gets “used up.”

Book Summary

The follow are the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth:

1.  The Law of Intentionality

You don’t just grow “accidentally”, you must be intentional and deliberate about it.

2.  The Law of Awareness

You cannot improve if you don’t know yourself: where you stand and where you need to work the most. The law of awareness then says that the more you know yourself, the more you can grow.

3.  The Law of the Mirror

To effectively work on yourself, you must first believe you are worth the effort.
That means getting rid of limiting self beliefs and developing a high self esteem.

Similar to what Don Ruiz says in The Four Agreements, Maxwell proposes that you only use yourself as a paragon. Don’t compare yourself to others.

4.  The Law of Reflection

Do take and schedule time to reflect on yourself, your lessons learned and your next steps.

5.  The Law of Consistency

What will really make you grow in the long run is consistency.
Start small. The author says most people don’t even show up and it’s very easy to beat them. Start there, by showing up: that’s your 80%.

6.  The Law of Environment

The people and the environment around you are major contributors (or detractors) of your growth. Make sure the people and the environment around you are not pulling you down but helping you up.

7.  The Law of Design

You must look at self growth seriously. Look at it as a mission and design your plans to make it happen.
No plans is planning to fail. Or as Jim Rohn said:

No plans means falling into someone else’s plan. And do you know what they’ve planned for you?
Not much…

8.  The Law of Pain

No pain, no gain.
Maxwell says that it’s good management of bad experiences that leads to the biggest growth.
As Ray Dalio said: pain + reflection = growth.

9.  The Law of the Ladder

I found the law of the ladder to possibly be the deepest in The 15 Laws of Growth.

Basically it says that everything you built rests on the foundations of your character -who you are-. If you go very high without a solid personal character, you’re on shakier and shakier foundations.

And especially touching was Solzhenitsyn story. Imprisoned for having being critical of Staling he blesses his prison’s experience. He says the objective of life is not to prosper as he had been brought up to believe, but to mature and grow one’s soul.


10.  The Law of the Rubber Band

If you’re not stretching yourself, you aren’t growing.
Look for change, look for growth opportunities.
Always keep the growth tension in your life, never let your rubber go soft :).

11.  The Law of the Trade Offs

To achieve your full potential you must be willing to sacrifice something.
Be it time in front of the TV set, your videogame playing hobbies or maybe working on something during holidays.

12.  The Law of Curiosity

Growth is fueled by questions and curiosity. To keep growing, you need to be thirsty about knowing more and more.
As the saying goes:

Those who know how to do will always have a job. Those who know why they have to do what they have to do will always be their bosses.


13.  The Law of Modeling

Find a mentor and look for a coach who has already been where you are going. They will help you grow quicker by showing you the way and pointing out your mistakes.

14.  The Law of Expansion

Don’t think there’s ever a limit to your growth and expansion. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or achieved, you can always do more.
And that’s great news.

15.  The Law of Contribution

The greatest joy in life is in contribution. As you grow yourself, help others to grow as well.


Editorial Reviews


“My good friend John Maxwell has been a great source of inspiration and encouragement in my life and has motivated millions of people around the world to achieve new heights in their lives as well. In his new book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, John does what he does best; inspiring people to find and unlock their true potential and fulfill their God-given purpose. Regardless of where you are in your life, the principles outlined in this book can help you to forge better relationships, grow spiritually and become all that you were created to be.”―Joel Osteen

“Millions of individuals – – myself included – – have been inspired by the words and works of John Maxwell. Now, in THE 15 INVALUABLE LAWS OF GROWTH, John again shares his remarkable insights and wisdom into how each of us can reach our full potential and make a positive difference in the lives of others.” ―Elizabeth Dole, former U.S. Cabinet Secretary, Senator and President of the American Red Cross

“As a coach and leader, I am always looking for way to teach my players how to grow. Thanks to my good friend John Maxwell, you hold in your hands the instruction manual for taking next steps of growth. Embracing these laws will cause you to grow individually and in your contribution to those around you. This book is a must-read for anyone responsible for helping others to grow.”―John Calipari, Head Basketball Coach at the University of Kentucky

“I salute John Maxwell for being a pioneer for leadership throughout the world. In his most recent book, he has successfully distilled the 15 most invaluable laws for personal growth. To read this book is to receive the essence of John’s expertise, which will help you take your personal success to the next level.”―Stedman Graham, speaker, author and entrepreneur

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About the Author

John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books in fifty languages. Often called America’s #1 leadership authority, Maxwell was Identified as the most popular leadership expert in the world by Inc. magazine in 2014. And he has been voted the top leadership professional six years in a row on

He is the founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 180 countries. Each year Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world’s top business leaders. He can be followed at For more information about him visit

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