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472 Inspiring Quotes by John C. Maxwell

  • Last updated Jul 26 2021

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Wikipedia Summary for John C. Maxwell

John Calvin Maxwell (born February 20, 1947) is an American author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership. Titles include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. His books have sold millions of copies, with some on the New York Times Best Seller List.

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The moment you place a label on someone, you begin to treat him or her accordingly.

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The greatest enemy of good thinking is busyness.

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If you embrace possibility thinking, your dreams will go from molehill to mountain size, and because you believe in possibilities, you put yourself in position to achieve them.

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One of the best ways to cultivate a possibility mind set is to prompt yourself to dream one size bigger than you normally do. Let's face it, most people dream too small, they don't think big enough.

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Dividers seek to make themselves look or feel better by making others feel worse. They damage relationships, fracture teams and organizations, and create havoc in people's lives.

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To be a leader you must be able to create positive change.

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You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.

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By far the hardest decision I've had to manage was about my health. Because I had 51 years of doing it wrong.

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When we are foolish, we want to conquer the world. When we are wise, we want to conquer ourselves. That begins when we do what we should no matter how we feel about it.

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Once a decision is made, you should stop worrying and start working. It's not always what we know that makes it a good decision. It is what we do to implement and execute it that makes it a good decision.

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Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thought.

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Might you be missing opportunities because you have been too quick to ask how instead of why?

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Good ideas have expiration dates. You need to act before they become dated, irrelevant or otherwise spoiled.

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If you want to make a positive impact, no matter how far-reaching, start at home. Treat your family members like treasures.

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Profile of a winning team -- They play to win. They have a winning attitude. They keep improving. They make their teammates more successful.

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The greatest handicap a person has is not realizing his potential.

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Successful people don't have any fewer problems than unsuccessful people; they just have a different mindset in dealing with them.

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Tomorrow really will take care of itself if I do the right thing today.

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Smart leaders believe only half of what they hear. Discerning leaders know which half to believe.

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Change alone doesn't bring growth but you cannot have growth without change.

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If you start today to do the right thing, you are already a success even if it doesn't show yet.

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Deciding what to be is more important than deciding what to do.

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When was the last time you did something for the first time?

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People do not give from the top of their purses but from the bottom of their hearts. If you desire to become a more generous person do not change your income. Change your heart.

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You have not lived a perfect day, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
No man becomes rich unless he enriches others.

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Coming together is a beginning, and staying together is progress, but only when teams sweat together do they find success.

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As negative thoughts produce negative actions, so positive thoughts produce positive actions.

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Educators take something simple and make it complicated. Communicators take something complicated and make it simple.

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An idea is worthless unless you use it.

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Good leadership isn't about advancing yourself. It's about advancing your team.

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Dependable teams members possess the desire to do the things they are capable of doing.

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Strong leaders equal strong organizations.

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Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.

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A successful person finds the right place for himself. But a successful leader finds the right place for others. By John Maxwell.

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We all have done something unethical.

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The best relationships are win-win. Why don't more people go into relationships with that attitude?

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Make personal growth a daily priority.

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If you don't have the ability to see when to stand up and the conviction to do it, you'll never be an effective leader.

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When values, thoughts, feelings, and actions are in alignment, a person becomes focused and character is strengthened.

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Goals not only help you develop initial motivation by making your dreams obtainable, but they also help you continue to be motivated and that creates momentum.

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A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

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Success comes to those who have an entire mountain of gold that they continually mine, not those who find one nugget and try to live on it for fifty years.

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The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.

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An attitude's growth never stops.

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For the person trying to do everything alone, the game really is over. If you want to do something big, you must link up with others. One is too small a number to achieve greatness. That's the Law of Significance.

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The better you are at surrounding yourself with people of high potential, the greater your chance for success.

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Leadership is seeing the possibilities in a situation while others are seeing the limitations.

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The happiest people are those who have harvested their time in others. The unhappiest people are those who wonder how the world is going to make them happy.

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The primary limitation in life is our low expectations for ourselves and others. When we expect minimum results, that's usually what we get.

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Working on a weakness within a strength zone will always produce positive results. Working on a weakness outside of the strength zone will not.

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Every worthwhile accomplishment has a price tag attached to it. The question is always whether you are willing to pay the price to attain it -- in hard work, sacrifice, patience, faith, and endurance.

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A leader's attitude is caught by his or her followers more quickly than his or her actions.

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Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.

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If you can raise up leaders, you will always have followers, but if you can't raise up leaders, you will only have followers.

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Sometimes I hear people talk about discipline of self and I think, if you don't have passion, I might discipline myself for a week or two but only passion will hold me steady.

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The best teacher for a leader is evaluated experience.

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The effectiveness of your work will never rise above your ability to lead and influence others.

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We feel unhappy and confused with our life when we don't do the focus or calling that God has on our life.

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Great leaders always have self-discipline -without exception.

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The higher you want to climb, the more you need leadership. The greater the impact you want to make, the greater your influence needs to be. Whatever you will accomplish is restricted by your ability to lead others.

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Every person has seeds of greatness within, even though they may currently be dormant.

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Leadership is the readiness to stand out in a crowd.

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The bookends of success are starting and finishing. Decisions help us start; discipline helps us finish.

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Finish every day and be done with it.

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Vision is something pastors and churches cannot afford to live without.

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To help people believe they can achieve victory, put them in a position to experience small successes.

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Your leadership skills determine the level of your success, and the success of those who work around you.

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Happiness simply cannot be relied upon as a measure of success.

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Never open a can of worms unless you plan to go fishing.

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When your through changing, your through!

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Goals may give focus, but dreams give power.

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Leadership is influence.

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Difficulties seldom defeat people; lack of faith in themselves usually does it.

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Most people want to avoid pain, and discipline is usually painful.

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If you wouldn't follow yourself, why should anyone else?

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True success is obeying God.

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I may not be able to change the world I see around me, but I can change the way I see the world within me.

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You either spend your life preparing or you spend your life repairing.

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Relational skills are the most important abilities in leadership.

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I can't raise the bar of others if I haven't raised the bar for myself.

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Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less. How do you gain influence from people? You invest in them. How do you invest in them? It starts with giving them time.

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The best place for a leader isn't always at the top position. It is the place where they can serve the best and add the most value to other people.

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Change means traveling in uncharted waters and this causes our securities to rise.

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Only by practicing and developing your thinking daily will your ideas get better. Your thinking ability is determined not by your desire to think, but by your past thinking.

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As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person that I should try to change is me.

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Understanding people certainly impacts your ability to communicate with others.

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Teamwork gives you the best opportunity to turn vision into reality.

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A person with an outstanding attitude makes the best of it while he gets the worst of it.

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Sometimes I think it's a lack of knowing the areas. Obviously, everybody knows that health is important so that's -- but why was I not doing the right thing? Because I was deceived.

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Leading well is not about enriching yourself -- it's about empowering others.

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Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.

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Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.

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One of the roles of the Presidency is to lead a political party. Having a President in office is usually a huge advantage to a party because it gives the party a mouthpiece and an advocate at the highest level.

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Mistakes are the stepping stones to success.

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Brokenness involves removing inappropriate pride and self-reliance and building healthy God-reliance.

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Never underestimate the power of an encouraging word.

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Losses are inevitable, but excuses are optional.

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A mistake is a stepping stone to success.

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In most cases, those who want power probably shouldn't have it, those who enjoy it probably do so for the wrong reasons, and those who want most to hold on to it don't understand that it's only temporary.

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Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who do not. When I see a person beginning to separate themselves from the pack, it's almost always due to personal growth.

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A proven leader always has a proven track record.

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If you take control of your behavior, your emotions will fall into place.

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Advice is what we ask for when we already knew the answer but wish we didn't.

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Good attitudes among players do not guarantee a team's success, but bad attitudes guarantee it's failure.

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The only thing a title can buy is a little time-either to increase your level of influence with others or to undermine it.

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If you're proactive, you focus on preparing. If you're reactive, you end up focusing on repairing.

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If we're growing, we're always going to be out of our comfort zone.

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Leadership involves the heavy burden of responsibility, and the fear of getting it wrong can paralyze a leader.

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The best leaders are readers of people. They have the intuitive ability to understand others by discerning how they feel and recognizing what they sense.

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Little did I realize that my desire to add value to others would be the thing that added value to me!

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A dream becomes a reality as a result of your actions, and your actions are controlled, to a large extent, by your habits.

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It was in the mid-70's, '74 or '75 I started doing leadership conferences for pastors and in '79 I wrote my first book "Think On These Things."

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Leaders who practice the Law of Victory believe that anything less than success is unacceptable. And they have no Plan B.

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The truth is that teamwork is at the heart of great achievement.

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How do leaders serve their people? They may pay good wages and treat employees with respect.

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No matter if you're just starting out or if you are at the peak of your career, the more you work in your strength zone, the more successful you will be.

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To succeed in life, we must stay within our strength zone but continually move outside our comfort zone.

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If you desire to become a more generous person, don't wait for your income to change. Change your heart.

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An organization cannot increase its productivity-but people can!

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Motivation is like love and happiness. It's a by-product. When you're actively engaged in doing something, it sneaks up and zaps you when you least expect it.

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Don't ever be impressed with goal setting. Be impressed with goal getting.

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We were created for meaningful work, and one of life's greatest pleasures is the satisfaction of a job well done.

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If you are leading others and you're lonely, then you're not doing it right. Think about it. If you're all alone, that means nobody is following you. And if nobody is following you, you're not really leading!

--John C. Maxwell

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Anyone who loves his opinions more than his teammates will advance his opinions but set back his team.

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Your attitude determines your actions, and your actions determine your accomplishment.

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If you are willing to change your thinking, you can change your feelings. If you change your feelings, you can change your actions. And changing your actions -- based on good thinking -- can change your life.

--John C. Maxwell


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When a person starts to talk about their dreams, it's as if something bubbles up from within. Their eyes brighten, their face glows, and you can feel the excitement in their words.

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The secret of our success is found in our daily agenda.

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Cooperation is working together agreeably... Collaboration is working together aggressively; and theres a world of difference between those two.

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Faith in people is an essential quality of an influencer when working with others, yet it is a scarce commodity today.

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One is too small a number to achieve greatness. No accomplishment of real value has ever been achieved by a human being working alone.

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Without a vision people and the church become self-centered. People start finding fault with one another and the church self-destructs.

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Leaders create and inspire new leaders by instilling faith in their leadership abilities and helping them develop and hone leadership skills they don't know they possess.

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Inability to make decisions is one of the principal reasons executives fail.

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Facing difficulties is inevitable. Learning from them is optional.

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Great visions are cast one on one.

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Real leadership is being the person others will gladly and confidently follow.

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People who use time wisely spend it on activities that advance their overall purpose in life.

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If you want to be positive, upbeat, and passionate, you need to take responsibility for being that way.

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Give them your faith, and they become confident, energized, and self-reliant.

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Every person has a longing to be significant; to make a contribution; to be a part of something noble and purposeful.

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Always take the high road.

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Tend to the people, and they will tend to the business.

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Confront your inadequacies and push your personal boundaries: It's the surest way to grow, improve and expand the scope of your influence.

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We fail, not because of big problems, but because of small purposes.

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There is a world of difference between a person who has a big problem and a person who makes a problem big.

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Only when you make the right changes to your thinking do other things begin to turn out right.

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Nobody can motivate himself in a positive direction by continually using negative words.

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For pastors who have a dream and who are walking in obedience but still don't have the resources they need, don't worry. Keep walking in obedience.

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Pay now, play later; play now, pay later.

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It is truly one day at a time.

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Negative thinking blows everything out of proportion.

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When the pastor and his or her church have a vision, they will put their energy, time, money, and personnel into achieving it.

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Two ( or more) people come together and they agree that they should be together for a common purpose and that purpose is to add value to one another. Engagements are partnerships that should always be Win-Win.

--John C. Maxwell

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Leaders who leadershift must be like water. They have to be fluid. Water finds a way, then makes a way.

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Time is more valuable than money, because time is irreplaceable.

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Personnel determines the potential of the team. Vision determines the direction of the team. Work ethic determines the preparation of the team. Leadership determines the success of the team.

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Those who follow the crowd will never be followed by a crowd.

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The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up.

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Hope is not strategy. Hope fits with vision, but we must have a strategy and a process to make our vision become a reality.

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Are you a thinker, a doer, or a clutch player? The better you are, the greater potential for influence you will have with your people.

--John C. Maxwell

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Positive thinking must be followed by positive doing.

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Negative thinking limits God and our potential.

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Remember, in the end, it isn't what you are that holds you back, it's what you think you are not.

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I was greatly affected by a guy named Rob Briner, who died about five years ago, who wrote a book called "Roaring Lambs," which is a book on how to be salt and light in the secular community.

--John C. Maxwell

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There are two paths people can take. They can either play now and pay later, or pay now and play later. Regardless of the choice, one thing is certain. Life will demand a payment.

--John C. Maxwell

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You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.

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Disappointment is the gap that exists between expectation and reality.

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Your emotions are making it difficult for you to accept hard decisions.

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Seek people who seek solutions.

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Leadership is the power of one harnessing the power of many.

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Our attitude at the beginning of a task will affect its outcome more than anything else.

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All good leaders are connectors. They relate well and make people feel confident about themselves and their leader.

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When the leader lacks confidence, the followers lack commitment.

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It's easy to have a great attitude when things are going our way...It's when difficult challenges rise before us...that attitude becomes the difference maker.

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Nothing is more difficult to accomplish than changing outward actions without changing inward feelings.

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Our attitude can give us an uncommonly positive perspective.

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We all stand on the shoulders of the past generation.

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The Visalus Founders are the finest and sharpest young leaders that I have ever met.

--John C. Maxwell


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If you are a leader, you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it -- young or old, successful or less-than-successful, unknown or famous -- is changed by it.

--John C. Maxwell

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Efficiency is the foundation for survival. Effectiveness is the foundation for success.

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When problems confront successful leaders, they get excited about the opportunity.

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People don't care what you know until they know you care.

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Credibility is a leader's currency. With it, he or she is solvent; without it, he or she is bankrupt.

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Attitude ... is the vanguard of your true self.

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The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people.

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The best leaders are humble enough to realize their victories depend upon their people.

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Birds of a feather really do flock together.

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Every sailor knows that you can't sail a ship that isn't moving forward, strong leaders understand that to change direction, you first have to create forward progress.

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I really didn't settle stuff spiritually until I was 17 years of age. But through my teenage years I just knew that someday I had to settle accounts and get things straightened up and move in that direction.

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We are responsible for our attitudes.

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Nobody wanders his or her way to a dream, and nobody achieves a dream by accident. Don't shortcut the process and risk cheating yourself out of your dream!

--John C. Maxwell

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Momentum solves 80% of your problems.

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No one achieves greatness by becoming a generalist. You don't hone a skill by diluting your attention to its development. The only way to get to the next level is focus.

--John C. Maxwell

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Most pastors have a hard time grasping a vision. But vision is the indispensable quality of a leader.

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A leader's lasting value is measured by succession.

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If you treat every person you meet as if he or she were the most important person in the world, you'll communicate that he or she is somebody -- to you.

--John C. Maxwell


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The only adequate preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today.

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Usually the person who rises within an organization has a good attitude. The promotions did not give that individual an outstanding attitude, but an outstanding attitude resulted in promotions.

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Attitude is the first quality that marks the successful man. If he has a positive attitude and is a positive thinker, who likes challenges and difficult situations, then he has half his success achieved.

--John C. Maxwell

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Any leader who asks the right questions of the right people has the potential to discover and develop great ideas.

--John C. Maxwell

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If others work for you, give your own time only to those who are willing to learn and grow.

--John C. Maxwell

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Sometimes the best way to learn is to return to the fundamentals.

--John C. Maxwell

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The mind will not focus until it has clear objectives. But the purpose of goals is to focus your attention and give you direction, not to identify a final destination.

--John C. Maxwell


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The smartest person in the room is never as smart as all the people in the room.

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Conflict is like cancer; early detection increases the possibility of a healthy outcome.

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But the law of magnetism really is true: who you are is who you attract.

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When your great players are team players, everybody else follows their lead. The best team doesn't always win -- it's usually the team that gets along best.

--John C. Maxwell

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If we're growing, we're always going to be outside out of our comfort zone.

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Life is like riding in a taxi. Whether you are going anywhere or not, the meter keeps ticking.

--John C. Maxwell

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Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.

--John C. Maxwell

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Enjoyment is an incredible energizer to the human spirit.

--John C. Maxwell

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We must focus on prayer as the main thrust to accomplish God's will and purpose on earth. The forces against us have never been greater, and this is the only way we can release God's power to become victorious.

--John C. Maxwell

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A strong positive self image is the best possible preparation for success in life.

--John C. Maxwell

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My leadership began to take flight when I allowed myself to press people to change-whether they thanked me or cursed me.

--John C. Maxwell

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To grow yourself, you must know yourself.

--John C. Maxwell

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Self-centered leaders manipulate when they move people for personal benefit. Mature leaders motivate by moving people for mutual benefit.

--John C. Maxwell

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The person with a plan, a picture, will go after thoughts that add value to their thinking. It's easy to connect the dots if you know where you're going. Likewise, it's easy to connect ideas when you have a plan.

--John C. Maxwell

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Leader's potential is determined by those closest to him.

--John C. Maxwell

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The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.

--John C. Maxwell

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When you reflect, you are able to put an experience into perspective... reflective thinking enables you to distance yourself from the intense emotions of particularly good or bad experiences and see them with fresh eyes.

--John C. Maxwell

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Effective leaders sacrifice much that is good in order to dedicate themselves to what is best.

--John C. Maxwell

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The rallying call to people is to give them hope. When you have hope, that's huge.

--John C. Maxwell


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Children astound me with their inquisitive minds. The world is wide and mysterious to them, and as they piece together the puzzle of life, they ask 'Why?' ceaselessly.

--John C. Maxwell

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It seems the older you get, the more life comes into focus.

--John C. Maxwell

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The more seriously you take your growth, the more seriously your people will take you.

--John C. Maxwell

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Nothing is easier than saying words. Nothing is harder than living them, day after day. What you promise today must be renewed and redecided tomorrow and each day that stretches out before you.

--John C. Maxwell


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Rotten Attitudes ruin a team.

--John C. Maxwell

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Someone once defined hard work as the accumulation of the easy things you didn't do when you should have.

--John C. Maxwell

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You can't grow and learn if your focus is on finding someone else to blame instead of looking at your own shortcomings.

--John C. Maxwell

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Passion creates energy and magnetically pulls co-workers and customers into a shared vision, and it is exceptionally strong when linked with a leader's values.

--John C. Maxwell

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The bottom line on attitude is that a good one helps to increase your possibilities. Pessimists usually get what they expect. So do optimists.

--John C. Maxwell

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If your face is going to "talk" for you anyway, you might as well have it communicate something positive.

--John C. Maxwell

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Sometimes we hold on to our possessions because we fear we might run out -- life seems scarce. But when we believe that giving is the way to live, we will produce more in the future -- life seems abundant.

--John C. Maxwell

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I do a lot of conferences, a lot of leadership training. For about six or seven years I've been making this statement -- every time I make it, I can see people just kind of -- it's just one of those light bulb moments.

--John C. Maxwell

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When a leader is upbeat in the face of discouraging circumstances, others admire that quality and want to be like her.

--John C. Maxwell


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One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.

--John C. Maxwell

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Failure is not a one-time event; it's how you deal with life along the way. Until you breathe your last breath, you're still in the process, and there is still time to turn things around for the better.

--John C. Maxwell

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If you really want to be a successful leader, you must develop other leaders around you. You must establish a team.

--John C. Maxwell

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If you are too attached to your own thinking and how everything is done now, then nothing will change for the better.

--John C. Maxwell

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The whole idea of motivation is a trap, forget motivation, just do it.

--John C. Maxwell



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While personal maturity may mean being able to see beyond yourself, leadership maturity means considering others before yourself.

--John C. Maxwell

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Problems are not my problem. It's not what happens to me but what happens in me that matters.

--John C. Maxwell

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The person who insists on using yesterday's methods in today's world won't be in business tomorrow.

--John C. Maxwell

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Pride deafens us to the advice or warnings of those around us.

--John C. Maxwell

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With a little faith in themselves people, people can do miraculous things. But without it, they have a really tough time.

--John C. Maxwell

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We cannot become what we need by remaining what we are.

--John C. Maxwell

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Leadership isn't about winning. It's about bringing people with you to the finish line.

--John C. Maxwell

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I can afford to take a risk in my life. Only the insecure cannot afford to risk failure. The secure can be honest about themselves. They can admit failure. They are able to seek help and try again. They can change.

--John C. Maxwell

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42% of college graduates never read a book after college.

--John C. Maxwell

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As a leader, you will never get ahead until your people are behind you.

--John C. Maxwell

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A trustworthy leader goes the extra mile to remedy strained relationships, even when it doesn't appear to be required.

--John C. Maxwell

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Great communicators leave their audiences with great clarity.

--John C. Maxwell

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Everyone has the power to impact the outcome of his life. The way to do it is to focus on today... It is too late for yesterday. And you can't depend on tomorrow.

--John C. Maxwell


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No matter what our circumstances, our greatest limitation isn't the leader above us -- it's the spirit within us.

--John C. Maxwell

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Every person has a longing to be significant, to make a contribution, to be a part of something noble and purposeful.

--John C. Maxwell

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The most successful people in life are the ones who settle their critical issues early and manage them daily.

--John C. Maxwell

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Your core values are the deeply held beliefs that authentically describe your soul.

--John C. Maxwell

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Keeping score is for games, not friendships.

--John C. Maxwell

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We overestimate the event and underestimate the process. Every fulfilled dream occurred because of dedication to the process.

--John C. Maxwell

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Problems almost always create opportunities -- to learn, grow and improve.

--John C. Maxwell


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Diligent follow-up and follow-through will set you apart from the crowd and communicate excellence.

--John C. Maxwell

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Since an attitude is often expressed by our body language and by the looks on our faces, it can be contagious.

--John C. Maxwell

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To move forward today, you must learn to say good-bye to yesterday's hurts, tragedies and baggage. You can't build a monument to past problems and fail forward.

--John C. Maxwell

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If you want to become a better listener, however you need to learn to direct that energy and attention positively by concentrating on the person you're with.

--John C. Maxwell

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Circumstances do not make you what you are, they reveal what you are.

--John C. Maxwell

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Failing forward is the ability to get back up after you've been knocked down, learn from your mistake, and move forward in a better direction.

--John C. Maxwell

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To do well at a few things, give up many things.

--John C. Maxwell

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Holding a grudge is never positive or appropriate.

--John C. Maxwell

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A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential.

--John C. Maxwell

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Our days are like identical suitcases. Even though they are all the same size, some people are able to pack more into them then others. The reason? They know what to pack.

--John C. Maxwell

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Be generous, be humble, and be grateful when achieving your dreams.

--John C. Maxwell

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There is no such thing as a perfect flawless attitude.

--John C. Maxwell

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One of the major keys to success is to keep moving forward on the journey, making the best of the detours and interruptions, turning adversity into advantage.

--John C. Maxwell

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Leaders must live by higher standards than their followers.

--John C. Maxwell


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It's better to prepare than to repair.

--John C. Maxwell

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You cannot enjoy others until you enjoy yourself because you cannot give to others what you do not have.

--John C. Maxwell

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Most People have a desire to look for the exception instead of the desire to become exceptional.

--John C. Maxwell

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The only way a church is going to be relevant is to get out of its comfort zone and connect with unchurched people.

--John C. Maxwell

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If I'm halfway to the dream, at best, half of my resources are there. Your resources to fulfill the dream will come during the last step of the dream.

--John C. Maxwell

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Integrity is the human quality most necessary to business success.

--John C. Maxwell

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I remember as a seventeen-year-old kid saying, "If attitude made me captain of this team, I'm going to have a good attitude all my life."

--John C. Maxwell

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You build trust with others each time you choose integrity over image, truth over convenience, or honor over personal gain.

--John C. Maxwell

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I had a horrible life habit that I had to change. And I think it's very true, the later we make decisions in life that are important, the harder it is to manage those decisions.

--John C. Maxwell

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All things being equal, attitude wins. All things not being equal, attitude sometimes still wins.

--John C. Maxwell


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People who add value to others do so intentionally. I say that because to add value, leaders must give of themselves, and that rarely occurs by accident.

--John C. Maxwell

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Take the emotional temperature of those listening to you. Facial expressions, voice inflection and posture give clues to a person's mood and attitude.

--John C. Maxwell

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Talent allows people to stand out, but their wrong choices make them sit down.

--John C. Maxwell

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When people respect someone as a person, they admire her. When they respect her as a friend, they love her. When they respect her as a leader, they follow her.

--John C. Maxwell

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Your thinking, more than anything else, shapes the way you live. It's really true that if you change your thinking, you can change your life.

--John C. Maxwell




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If you aren't making any mistakes, it's a sure sign you're playing it too safe.

--John C. Maxwell


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Generally speaking, there are two kinds of learning: experience, which is gained from your own mistakes, and wisdom, which is learned from the mistakes of others.

--John C. Maxwell

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People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.

--John C. Maxwell

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When we trust God, He can make the ordinary extraordinary!

--John C. Maxwell

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The dream is free...but the journey will cost you something.

--John C. Maxwell

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They can't hurt you unless you let them.

--John C. Maxwell

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Everything rises and falls on leadership.

--John C. Maxwell

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Reflective thinking turns experience into insight.

--John C. Maxwell


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If you're lying, you're lying.

--John C. Maxwell

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Failure is simply a price we pay to achieve success.

--John C. Maxwell

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If you want to help others and become a person of influence, keep smiling, sharing, giving, and turning the other cheek.

--John C. Maxwell

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If your desire is to be successful or to make a positive impact on your world, you need to become a person of influence.

--John C. Maxwell

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To get out of a hard situation, try a soft answer.

--John C. Maxwell


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The more intentional you are about your leadership growth, the greater your potential for becoming the leader you're capable of being. Never stop learning.

--John C. Maxwell

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The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm.

--John C. Maxwell

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To remain a credible leader, I must always work first, hardest, and longest on changing myself. This is neither easy nor natural, but it is essential.

--John C. Maxwell

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Leaders will not experience long-term success unless a lot of people want them to.

--John C. Maxwell


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Leadership deals with people and their dynamics, which are continually changing. The challenge of leadership is to create change and facilitate growth.

--John C. Maxwell

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The last decision I made was my health when I had a heart attack when I was 51.

--John C. Maxwell

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To be successful, you can't just run on the fast track; run on your track.

--John C. Maxwell

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There is no success without a successor.

--John C. Maxwell

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You are the only person who can label what you do a failure. Failure is subjective.

--John C. Maxwell




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Do you value people who won't benefit you or only those who might contribute in some way to your success? Great team players truly value others as people, and they know and relate to what others value.

--John C. Maxwell

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Manipulation is moving together for my advantage. Motivation is moving together for mutual advantage.

--John C. Maxwell

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Never allow others to put obstacles in the pathway of your dreams.

--John C. Maxwell

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Without failure there is no achievement.

--John C. Maxwell

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Time spent with a potential leader is an investment.

--John C. Maxwell

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A team doesn't win the championship if its players are working from different agendas.

--John C. Maxwell

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The dreams and passions stored within hearts are powerful keys which can unlock a wealth of potential.

--John C. Maxwell

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You'll never know how close you are to a million-dollar idea unless you're willing to listen.

--John C. Maxwell


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Ideas have a short shelf life. You must act on them before the expiration date.

--John C. Maxwell

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The best leaders realize their success depends on their people.

--John C. Maxwell

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Decision-making takes care of goal-setting, but discipline also takes care of goal-getting. Decisions and discipline can't be separated; one is worthless without the other.

--John C. Maxwell


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Inspiring others to do better work is the accomplishment of a leader.

--John C. Maxwell

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Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent.

--John C. Maxwell

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Without a vision our community will perish without Christ, but without a vision the church will perish as well.

--John C. Maxwell

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You can easily determine the caliber of a person by the amount of opposition it takes to discourage him or her.

--John C. Maxwell

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The goal of the pastor is not to get people to show up but to get people to grow up.

--John C. Maxwell

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Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.

--John C. Maxwell

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Working together precedes winning together...collaboration is multiplication.

--John C. Maxwell



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I say, make the decision, and as soon as you make the decision, the rest of your life you just manage that decision on a daily basis.

--John C. Maxwell

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Leaders don't rise to the pinnacle of success without developing the right set of attitudes and habits; they make every day a masterpiece.

--John C. Maxwell

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Question for God every morning: What is the main event today? What do you want me to focus on today?

--John C. Maxwell

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Confidence is a characteristic of a positive attitude. The greatest achievers and leaders remain confident regardless of circumstances.

--John C. Maxwell

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We overestimate the event and underestimate the process. Every fulfilled dream occurred because of dedication to a process.

--John C. Maxwell

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Success is choosing to enter the arena of action, determined to give yourself to the cause that will better humanity and last for eternity.

--John C. Maxwell



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People's purpose in life is always connected to their giftedness.

--John C. Maxwell

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When you believe in people, you motivate them and release their potential.

--John C. Maxwell


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Your attitude towards failure determines your altitude after failure.

--John C. Maxwell

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Speak the truth. Transparency breeds legitimacy.

--John C. Maxwell

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If everyone doesn't pay the price to win, then everyone will pay the price of losing.

--John C. Maxwell

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A big man is one who makes us feel bigger when we are with him.

--John C. Maxwell

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Believing in people before they have proved themselves is the key to motivating people to reach their potential.

--John C. Maxwell

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No matter your title, people will not follow you if they don't trust you.

--John C. Maxwell

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While a good leader sustains momentum, a great leader increases it.

--John C. Maxwell

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People who love life have charisma because they fill the room with positive energy.

--John C. Maxwell



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If you want to be a sharp thinker, be around sharp people.

--John C. Maxwell

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Make a point to continually search for a better way of doing things, even when things are going well, to ensure that a better alternative has not been overlooked and to keep your creative talents in practice.

--John C. Maxwell



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There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. 'Good pride' represents our dignity and self-respect. 'Bad pride' is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance.

--John C. Maxwell

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We cannot achieve our wildest dreams by remaining who we are.

--John C. Maxwell

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I believe that everyone chooses how to approach life. If you're proactive, you focus on preparing. If you're reactive, you end up focusing on repairing.

--John C. Maxwell

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Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker.

--John C. Maxwell

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Pastors need to find their place in the community of believers by spending time with God.

--John C. Maxwell

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Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them.

--John C. Maxwell

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The sheer act of listening speaks volumes that even a great speech can't communicate.

--John C. Maxwell

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The difference between where we are and where we want to be is created by the changes we are willing to make in our lives. When you want something you've never had, you must do something you've never done to get it.

--John C. Maxwell

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Image is what people think we are; integrity is what we really are.

--John C. Maxwell

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Making matters worse is people's natural inclination to be easy on themselves, judging themselves according to their good intentions-while holding others to a higher standard and judging them by their worst actions.

--John C. Maxwell

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If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.

--John C. Maxwell

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I think success has a lot to do with my own personal growth.

--John C. Maxwell


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One is too small a number to achieve greatness.

--John C. Maxwell

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The first time you say something, it's heard. The second time, it's recognized, and the third time it's learned.

--John C. Maxwell


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Be a river -- not a reservoir.

--John C. Maxwell

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The thoughts in your mind will always be more important than the things in your life. Choose happiness.

--John C. Maxwell


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We have to pick and choose between good and a little bit better.

--John C. Maxwell

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Negative talking is contagious.

--John C. Maxwell

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Life is now in session. Are you present?

--John C. Maxwell

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No matter your title, people will not follow you if they don't trust you.

--John C. Maxwell

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The english word thanks comes from the same root word as think. Maybe if leaders were more 'think-ful' about the contribution of others, they would be more 'thankful' to them.

--John C. Maxwell

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Negative thinking creates clouds at critical decision times.

--John C. Maxwell

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Our attitude is the primary force that will determine whether we succeed or fail.

--John C. Maxwell

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The Compound Effect is a must-read book for success seekers. You want to know what it takes? You want to know what to do? It's all in these pages. The Compound Effect is a clear and concise success operation manual!

--John C. Maxwell

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We overestimate the event and underestimate the process. Every fulfilled dream occurred because of dedication.

--John C. Maxwell


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It is our decisions not our conditions that determine our quality of life.

--John C. Maxwell

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Failure is an inside job. So is success. If you want to achieve, you have to win the war in your thinking first. You can't let the failure outside you get inside you.

--John C. Maxwell


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It's good to be out of your comfort zone. Just don't step out of your gift zone.

--John C. Maxwell

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It's true that charisma can make a person stand out for a moment, but character sets a person apart for a lifetime.

--John C. Maxwell

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I grew up in the home of a pastor, and my earliest memory is that God really had a plan for my life and that I was special -- this is really weird -- but I felt that.

--John C. Maxwell

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Many people help construct our attitudes at a certain time and place.

--John C. Maxwell




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