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Book Review: The 12 Traits of the Greats

The 12 Traits of the Greats

By: Dr. Dave Martin

I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Dave Martin speak during a mid-week service at my church last year.  Although, he is a very entertaining and humorous speaker, it really wasn’t his jokes that made me remember him.  I recall being very impressed with the depth of wisdom he spoke with. Almost a year later, I ordered his most recent book, “The 12 Traits of the Greats”.  I am so glad I did.

This book dedicates each of the twelve chapters to a specific character trait that will help the reader draw out the greatness within them.

These “12 Traits” are:

Responsibility, Mindset, Passion, Imagination, Relationships, Focus, Courage, Persistence, Integrity, Adaptability, Wisdom and Generosity

Dr. Dave Martin brings both personal challenge and clarity as he teaches the importance of each of these character traits and how they build upon each other to tap into the undiscovered greatness within each of us.  He provides biblically based, practical; step by step instruction and combines that with inspirational stories of people who have attained greatness in sports, entertainment, business and history.

I found this book to be a wonderful encouragement.  At times it served as a much needed reminder and exhortation to take action.  Other times it provided guidance and clear direction to walk out the dreams that God has placed in my heart.  I know that I will return to this book frequently and continue to learn from the principles found in “The 12 Traits of the Greats”.

A few quotes from the book:

“I am convinced that one of the main reasons people fail to get what they want out of life is because they haven’t decided what they want out of life.”

“The individual who will work hard for his dreams and sacrifice for his dreams is the individual who is serious about his dreams.”

“Remember, you can’t change your life without changing your life.”

“Just as you invest time in your education and career, invest time in people”

“Procrastination is the natural assassin of opportunity and the exact opposite of courage.”

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