Unlocking the Secret to Why Some People Succeed and Others Don't

"A person's level of teachability is the greatest determinant of their long-term success."

About The Book

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.

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"Teachability is hands down the greatest enhancer or greatest limiter to a person's success"


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About the Author

Matt Keller

is a people builder to the core. As a pastor, leadership coach, author, and speaker, he has more than twenty years in the people business and has become an authority on what it takes to build great teams and great organizations.

Matt is the founder of Next Level Church in Fort Myers, Florida, one of America's fastestgrowing churches and the founder of AdvanceLeadership.tv, a coaching organization that adds value to business leaders, nonprofits and churches nationwide. He lives in southwest Florida with his wife, Sarah, and their two boys, Will and Drew.


"Playing it safe is never safe where your dreams are concerned."



Rory Vaden endorsement of The Key to Everything

Matt Keller has a remarkable ability to connect biblical principles to our modern day lives. In this inspiring read, Matt reveals the one thing that every great leader has in common - read it and discover the key to changing your life.

Rory Vaden, Co-founder of Southwestern Consulting and New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs

Chad Johnson endorsement of The Key to Everything

Matt Keller has done it! His latest book The Key to Everything brilliantly lays out the one key attribute to continued growth development:  Teachability. He gives practical insight to the roadblocks we all face and ways to overcome. This is a MUST read for those seeking to live a life that matters.

Chad Johnson. Chief of Staff, The John Maxwell Co.

Kevin Myers endorsement of The Key to Everything

After spending time with Matt over the past 3 years I have learned that Teachability is the Key to his success. This book will not only unlock doors to your organization growing, but it will also show you the key to growing personally as well. Matt's humor and practicality in this book makes it a must read for you personally and the team you lead in your organization.

Kevin Myers, Author of “Home Run”, Lead Pastor, 12Stone Church

Brady Boyd endorsement of The Key to Everything

Matt Keller has done it again. He has written a book we all need to read. Matt's life embodies this message and it shows as each page is full of personal revelation and insight that will empower all of us to live more teachable lives.

Pastor Brady Boyd, New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Author of Addicted to Busy

Matthew Barnett endorsement of The Key to Everything

In his new book, The Key to Everything, Matt Keller presents a blueprint for living a happy, fulfilled life that welcomes change with open arms. Through sound biblical principles and candid personal reflection, he develops the idea of teachability as the secret to physical, spiritual, and mental growth. This book so expertly shows the reader how to avoid the pitfalls of fear and insecurity, instead offering a path of discovery and renewed focus. Matt Keller will teach you to nurture a healthy sense of self, always keeping an open mind and willingness to learn from others. Life is an amazing journey, and by being flexible and open to change, you can discover the greatness of the life that Jesus designed for you.

Matthew Barnett, Senior Pastor of Angelus Temple & Co-founder of The Dream Center

Mark Batterson endorsement of The Key to Everything

If I have learned anything as a Leader & Author over my lifetime it is that Teachability is the key to success. Matt gives so many insights and unique perspectives on how to make Teachability a daily lifestyle not only in your business or organization, but in your personal life as well. I truly believe after reading this book you will be a better leader in every area of your life.

Mark Batterson, New York Times, Bestselling Author of The Circle Maker and Lead Pastor, National Community Church

Bob Harrison endorsement of The Key to Everything

In the beginning of the book, I was guilty of patting myself on the back and couldn't wait to pass this book along to all of the OTHER unteachable people in my life. However, by the middle of the book, I was looking in the mirror at myself and evaluating ways that I can improve. Amazing…my teachability index started rising while I was reading the book!

Rhonda Williams, Manager, Creative Services, Hertz, Inc.

Bob Harrison endorsement of The Key to Everything

As a business leader and developer of talent for the last 25 years I'm always looking for a way to get an edge on the competition or take my team to the next level. This book has the answers. Matt's book breaks down teachability in a super practical way, with relevance and a dash of humor.  I want every new hire and manager in our market to read this book during onboarding.

Charles Stirzel, Assistant Vice President, Fifth Third Bank/South Florida

Bob Harrison endorsement of The Key to Everything

At Chick-fil-A our founder Truett Cathy, modeled for us the importance of being a lifetime learner.  In his book The Key to Everything, Matt Keller shares amazing insights, along with practical strategies for a lifetime of personal growth.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has the desire and willingness to maximize their full potential in any aspect of their lives.

Marty House, Management Consultant, Chick-fil-A, INC.


"One of the greatest threats to our teachability is success."

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  • The Greatest asset you can possess when it comes to handling failure is the refusal to let that failure permanently define you.
  • I have nothing to prove and no one to prove it to.
  • If there is one thing that trumps all the others when it comes to a lifestyle of teachability it is the principle of getting wisdom.
  • The only way to multiply is to be willing to lose control.
  • Every person on the planet earth has the potential to develop a lifestyle of teachability. It is a choice and a learned trait. Which means teachability is available to you.
  • Speed is the single greatest threat to a healthy life.
  • Without teachability, you and I will never reach our full potential or leave a mark on the world as we all desire to do.
  • Playing it safe is never safe where your dreams are concerned.
  • When I had a desire to be better, then my desire to change and my desire to learn grew. Desire is a paramount in defining teachability.
  • Some of life's greatest moments are on sale to us in the midst of our failures.
  • The best question anyone can ever ask when making a decision is, 'what is the wise thing to do?'
  • One of the greatest threat to our teachability is success.
  • If your teachability number is consistently high in your life, then the probability of your reaching your full potential is great.
  • Someone who has water to give usully enjoys giving it!
  • When we pull away from a person or circumstance, we are no longer in a position to learn from that person or circumstance.
  • Teachable people see feedback as their friend-their best friend.
  • We can get where we want to go in life, we just have to deal with the roadblocks in our wy first.
  • Ignorant people make a conscious decision each dy not to see.
  • When teachability is at the core of your life, the sky is the limit on what you can achieve and become.
  • Nobody ever casually drifted up to the doorstep of their dream life.
  • You can desire something all day long, but you'll never change or get better unless there is a willingness within you to do something about it.
  • When we limit whom we will learn from, we also limit our teachability.
  • In today's world the desire to be successful has not changed. But how we get there has.
  • A person with great strengths and weak character is dangerous.
  • We want the power and perks of progress, but we don't want the pressure that comes along with it.
  • Pride will keep us from teachability and will keep us from getting where we want to go.
  • Real pain offers only two possible responses: we can deal with it... or we can refuse to deal with it.
  • You can learn something from everybody, but only if you know the right questions to ask.
  • The more we know about a subject, the harder it is to receive from those we think know less.
  • Presumption, caused by pride, is a serious roadblock to teachability in our life.

"Nobody ever casually drifted up to the door step of their dream life."


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