The Key to Everything: Unlocking the Secret to Why Some People Succeed and Others Don't
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The Key to Everything: Unlocking the Secret to Why Some People Succeed and Others Don't

Thomas Nelson / 2015 / Hardcover

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Why do some people succeed and others don't? How can you access a rich, full life? Keller says the key is teachability! Encouraging you to overcome pride, fear, insecurity, and other barriers, he helps you develop essential characteristics of skillful living, including an insatiable desire to learn, openness to feedback, ability to handle failure, and more. 224 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1400204984
ISBN-13: 9781400204984

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Publisher's Description

For two decades, pastor and leadership consultant Matt Keller has worked with hundreds of influencers, and he has learned that the greatest enhancer or greatest limiter to a person’s success is whether someone is teachable. In The Key to Everything, Keller shows how teachability isn’t something that some people are born with and others aren’t. It is a characteristic that can be learned and grown. In fact, the only way to succeed in life is to possess teachability in an ever-increasing fashion, and The Key to Everything reveals how to do just that.

Author Bio

Matt Keller is the founder and lead pastor of Next Level Church in Fort Myers, FL, and is the founder of Next Level Coaching, a leadership resource company. He lives in Fort Myers, Florida, with his wife, Sarah, and their two boys.


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  1. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Insights into how to succeed
    November 2, 2015
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    We all want success, Keller writes. And what matters first is teachability. It's the key to everything. We find out near the end of the book that wisdom and teachability are two sides of the same coin and that wisdom is the secret weapon to success. (163)

    Because of the increasing rate of speed at which our world is moving today and the overwhelming volume of change happening on a daily basis, teachability will be the only way for you to succeed in the next half century. (xvi-xvii)

    Keller argues that without teachability, there is a pretty good chance you will never reach your potential, never see your dreams come true. From his own experience he writes, I have observed that teachability is hands down the greatest enhancer or greatest limiter to a person's success. (xx)

    He explores what teachability is, including desire and willingness, for example. He then looks at the roadblocks, like pride, fear, and insecurity. He reveals the characteristics of teachability, such as an insatiable desire to learn and the ability to fail well. He shows how teachability is developed into a lifestyle.

    To illustrate his principles, he gives himself as an example many times. He also includes other modern day examples and examples from the Bible, such as Saul and Paul.

    Interestingly enough, Keller writes, When it comes to success, everything we achieve could be gone tomorrow. (104) That was a shout to me and I was hoping he would write about the kind of success for which we should be working. But it was not to be.

    I would recommend this book to those who know what their dream is and how they would define their success. Teachability is the only path to the life you dream of living. (192) There is no help here in determining what kind of dream you should have or how you should define your success. If you fail understand why you are not achieving the success you desire, this book will have some insight for you.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  2. Dennis Ricci
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wish this book had been available years ago...
    October 12, 2015
    Dennis Ricci
    Quality: 5
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    Have you ever read a book and, when you finished the last page, said to yourself, I wish Id read this years ago?

    The Key to Everything by Matt Keller is that kind of book for me.

    (Disclaimer: I received an advance copy through my literary agency, who also represents Mr. Keller, in exchange for reading and reviewing it. I was not required to give a positive review).

    If this book had been released ten years ago, five years ago, or even a year ago, Im certain my life would be better.

    Ive always considered myself a life-learner. Its one of the qualities that attracted my wife to me and is still one of the things she likes most about me. But from the very first chapter, Keller showed me there are more ways to grow that I hadnt yet discovered.

    Kellers key to everything is teachability, and the book is built on two words that capture true teachabilitydesire and willingness. Being teachable comes down to wanting to grow and being willing to do whatever it takes to grow.

    I read The Key to Everything like its author suggesteda chapter or two a day. The book is organized into three sections: Roadblocks to Teachability, The Characteristics of Teachability, and Developing a Lifestyle of Teachability. Each section contains five succinct chapters chock full of principles, examples, and application tips.

    I allowed Matts words to sink in and do their intended work in my mind. As I did this, I experienced immediate impact on my thinking and self-awareness.

    I saw where my level of willingness to grow was lower than my desire in areas critical to fulfilling my life dreams and goals.

    I saw two roadblocks to my teachability at work in methe fear of rejection and the fear of criticism. Kellers insights helped me see that my skin wasnt as thick as I thought it was and, more importantly, I was putting my hope and trust in the wrong places.

    He also pointed out an issue with which I wasnt in touchrejecting input from people who I dont think know as much about a particular topic as I do.


    Keller helped me recall moments in my life when Ive closed myself off to others and how I was poorer for having done so.

    The Key to Everything will shape a new generation of thinkers and doers. Matt Keller has given the world a self-revealing and well-crafted gift. If you want to grow and are willing to do the work, The Key to Everything will launch you on a lifelong path to fulfilling your purpose and destiny.
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