John C. Maxwell quote

"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

Born: February 20, 1947

Occupation: Author

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We all stand on the shoulders of the past generation.

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The law of the [Cub Scout] pack guides the boys to move in the direction of being helpful, friendly, courteous, trustworthy and promote qualities which parents and the community are looking for. The whole...

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There are three qualities a leader must exemplify to build trust: competence, connection, and character.

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The law of process says — leaders develop daily, not in a day.

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Everyone is a leader because everyone influences someone.

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Not everyone will become a great leader, but everyone can become a better leader.

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The first step to leadership is servanthood.

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Relationships are the foundation of leadership.

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

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Discontent with the status quo is a great catalyst for vision.

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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...

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The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it.

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Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.

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So think long and hard about who you're spending the most time with, for wherever they are headed, so are you.

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If you focus on goals, you may hit goals - but that doesn't guarantee growth. If you focus on growth, you will grow and always hit goals.

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Acquiring and keeping good people is a leader's most important task.

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An organization cannot increase its productivity-but people can!

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You must find a way to get your vision seen, implemented, and contributed to by others.

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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.

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Grow a leader-grow the organization. A company cannot grow without until its leaders grow within.

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Leaders determine the level of an organization.

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The strength of any organization is a direct result of the strength of its leaders.

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Strong leaders equal strong organizations.

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Birds of a feather really do flock together.

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Leaders attract potential leaders.

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It takes a leader to know a leader, grow a leader, and show a leader.

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Leaders express feelings that other leaders sense.

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Unless you want to carry the whole load yourself, you need to be developing leaders.

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There is no success without a successor.

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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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A great leader has the ability to instill within his people confidence in themselves.

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Great leaders always have self-discipline -without exception.

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Success doesn't come instantly. Neither does the ability to lead.

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A proven leader always has a proven track record.

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

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People will not follow a leader who does not have confidence in himself.

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A leader's ability to convey confidence and his ability to communicate effectively are similar.

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Seek people who seek solutions.

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A leader who loves status quo soon becomes a follower.

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A person who refuses to risk change fails to grow.

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Nurturing has the ability to transform people's lives.

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Trust must be built day by day. It calls for consistency.

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Time spent with a potential leader is an investment.

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

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All leaders make mistakes. They are a part of life. Successful leaders recognize their errors, learn from them, and work to correct their faults.

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It is the leader's job to hold hope high.

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It is the leaders job to add significance to the lives of the people he leads.

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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.

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..Our level of influence is not the same with everyone.

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You can be a model to the masses, but to go to the higher levels of influence, you have to work with individuals.

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Even if you've had a negative effect on others in the past, you can turn that around and make your impact a positive one.

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

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Integrity is the most needed to succeed in business.

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People today are desperate for leaders, but they want to be influenced only by individuals they can trust, persons of good character.

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Without love, there can be no connection, no future, and no success together.

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The length and breath of our influence on others are directly related to the depth of our concern for them.

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If you're going to play together as a team, you've got to care for one another. you've got to love each other.

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When you nurture people and add value to them without expecting anything in return, they feel significant.

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

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

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

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Praise them for what they do well, both privately and publicly.

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To really become motivated to succeed, people need to believe they can win.

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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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People of influence understand the incredible value of becoming a good listener.

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Becoming a good listener, you are able to connect with others on more levels and develop stronger, deeper relationships.

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

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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.

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If you show people how much you care and ask questions in a non threatening way, you'll be amazed by how much they'll tell you.

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The ability to understand people is one of the greatest assets anyone can ever have.

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Understanding people certainly impacts your ability to communicate with others.

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If you can learn to understand people how they think, what they feel, what inspires them, how they're likely to act and react in a given situation- then you can motivate and influence them in a positive...

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The more people see that they are being understood, they become more motivated to understand your point of view.

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One way to overcome our natural self-centeredness is to try to see things from other people's perspectives.

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Changing your attitude from self-centerdness to understanding requires desire and commitment to always try to see things from the other persons point of view.

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To be an influencer, you have to love people before you can try to lead them.

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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.

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They biggest man with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest man with the smallest mind-think big anyway.

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Everybody can be somebody when somebody understands and believes in her.

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Every new level of growth we hope to experience as leaders calls for a new level of change. You cannot have one without the other. If you want to be a better leader, get ready to make some trades.

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The ability to understand people is a choice.

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Everyone you know and all the people you meet have the potential to be someone important in the lives of others.

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It's better to prepare than to repair.

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An idea is worthless unless you use it.

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

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if you don't have peace, it isn't because someone took it from you; you gave it away. You cannot always control what happens to you, but you can control what happens in you.

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Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.

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

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The greatest enemy of good thinking is busyness.

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It is easier to move from failure to success in from excuses to success.

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

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Stay focus on what God has assigned me to do. Keep my mind on what I am doing/

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Everything rises and falls on leadership.

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

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If a person doesn't govern his temper, his temper will govern him.

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

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Always take the high road.

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Find something you like to do so much that you would gladly do it for nothing; then learn to do it so well that people are happy to pay you for it.

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

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To gain credibility, you must consistently demonstrate three things: Initiative: You have to get up to go up. Sacrifice: You have to give up to go up. Maturity: You have to grow up to go up. If you show...

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Progress does not occur without change.

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Cats do what cats do, ducks do what ducks do, and eagles do what eagles, do. If you take a duck and ask it to do an eagles' job, shame on you. As a leader, your job is to help your ducks to become better...

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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.

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Thank God for the tough times. They are the reason you are there - to be the leader. If everything was going well, the people wouldn't need you!

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What I had been taught all my life was not true: experience is not the best teacher! Some people learn and grow as a result of their experience; some people don't. Everybody has some kind of experience....

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Successful people make right decisions early and manage those decisions daily.

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Perhaps our greatest power in life is the power to choose. Without question, choices are the most determining factor in how our lives turn out.

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The great leaders in history were great not because of what they owned or earned but because of what they gave their lives to accomplish. They made a difference!

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Good leaders understand that they are stewards. They must find the best people they can, giving them the opportunity to join in the journey developing them, and encouraging them to reach their potential....

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It takes a lot of people to create a success. That's why I say that few leaders are successful unless a lot of people want them to be.

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People will summarize your life in one sentence - Pick it now.

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One is too small a number to achieve greatness.

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I want to make a difference with people who want to make a difference, doing something that makes a difference.

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Seven Steps to Success 1) Make a commitment to grow daily. 2) Value the process more than events. 3) Don't wait for inspiration. 4) Be willing to sacrifice pleasure for opportunity. 5) Dream big. 6) Plan...

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

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When your through changing, your through!

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

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People change when they hurt enough that they have to change, learn enough that they want to change, receive enough that they are able to change.

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

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Success is... knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.

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

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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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Your life today is a result of your thinking yesterday. Your life tomorrow will be determined by what you think today.

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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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Success is not what you leave to but what you leave behind

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Success each day should be judged by the seeds sown, not the harvest reaped.

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You don't overcome challenges by making them smaller but by making yourself bigger.

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Leadership is not a right-it is a responsibility.

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A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose - a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.

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As you begin changing your thinking, start immediately to change your behavior. Begin to act the part of the person you would like to become. Take action on your behavior. Too many people want to feel,...

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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...

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Maya Angelou observed you cant use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. Sadly,too often creativity is smothered rather than nurtured. There has to be climate in which new ways of thinking,perceiving,...

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Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.

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There is no quicker way to earn respect as a leader than being slow to speak. It is called listening and it plays a big role in what I call “The Law of Connection.” How will you know what is important...

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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.

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To measure a leader, put a tape around his heart, not his head.

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The sum of all your thoughts comprises your overall attitude.

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Integrity is important in building relationships. And is the foundation upon which many other qualities for success are built, such as respect, dignity, and trust.

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

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If you live life with the intention of making a difference in others' lives, your life will be full not empty.

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To reach your potential you must grow. And to grow, you must be highly intentional about it.

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A minute of thought is greater than an hour of talk.

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A leader can give up anything - except final responsibility.

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Before you can do anything else in the lives of others, you must show them love.

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Some people want everything to be perfect before they're willing to commit... But commitment always precedes achievement.

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Integrity is the factor that determines which one will prevail. We struggle daily with situations that demand decisions between what we want to do and what we ought to do. Integrity establishes the ground...

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Integrity is not so much what we do as much as who we are.

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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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Integrity is not a given factor in everyone's life. It is a result of self-discipline, inner trust, and a decision to be relentlessly honest in all situations in our lives.

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Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.

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By choosing to embrace and practice good values every day, you choose the higher course in life. And your life goes in a direction that you will always feel good about. You may not always get what you...

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We cannot consistently behave in a way that is inconsistent with our beliefs.

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

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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.

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They can't hurt you unless you let them.

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You can't move people to action unless you first move them with emotion. The heart comes before the head.

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The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders...

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Discipline - Success doesn't just happen. You have to be intentional about it, and that takes discipline.

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

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If you want to achieve great things, you need to have a great dream.

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When you face discouragement, you can do one of two things, and the one you choose will color your perspective. You can look at others to place the blame, or you can look at yourself to discover your opportunities....

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

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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 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...

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

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

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The secret of successful people lies in their ability to discover their strengths and to organize their life so that these strengths can be applied.

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Everyone gets discourages...The question is: Are you going to give up or get up? It's a choice.

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If you travel alone, you can probably go faster. But the journey will never be as rewarding, and you probably won't be able to go as far.

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Like every person, every thought has the potential to become something great.

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

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Success is not a destination thing, it’s a daily thing.

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Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present.

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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.

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The depth of your mythology is the extent of your effectiveness.

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

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Leaders must live by higher standards than their followers.

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Leadership is developed daily, not in a day.

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The only thing we can control is what we do in the present. The more we replay yesterday, the further we get from today's opportunities. And the further away we move from opportunities, the tougher the...

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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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Experience teaches nothing, but evaluated experience teaches everything.

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People naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves.

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The secret to success can be found in people's daily agendas. If they do something intentional to grow every day, they move closer to reaching their potential. If they don't, their potential slowly slips...

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People may teach what they know, but they reproduce what they are.

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People are funny. When they are young, they will spend their health to get wealth. Later, they will gladly pay all they have trying to get their health back.

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Most people who want to get ahead do it backward. They think, 'I'll get a bigger job, then I'll learn how to be a leader.' But showing leadership skill is how you get the bigger job in the first place....

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People of poor character tend to blame their choices on circumstances. Ethical people make good choices regardless of circumstances. If they make enough good choices, they begin to create better conditions...

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Competence goes beyond words. It's the leader's ability to say it, plan it, and do it in such a way that others know that you know how - and know that they want to follow you.

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A person who has a dream knows what he is willing to give up in order to go up.

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Giving is the highest level of living.

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A successful person finds the right place for himself. But a successful leader finds the right place for others. Few things in life are better than seeing people realize their potential. If you invest...

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Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker

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I'm not where I'm supposed to be, I'm not what I want to be, But I'm not what I used to be. I haven't learned how to arrive; I've just learned how to keep going

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

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You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. Success doesn't just suddenly occur one day in someone's life. Neither does failure. Each is a process. Every day of your life is...

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If your vision doesn't cost you something, it's a daydream.

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Live to learn and you will really learn to live.

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I am the recipient of many benefits that I do not deserve and did not earn. Someone else paid for them. I am grateful! How do I show my gratitude? By daily pouring into others and passing on to them the...

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Mentally strong people are comfortable in their own skin.

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Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less...titles don't have much value when it comes to leading. True leadership cannot be awarded, appointed, or assigned, it comes only from influence, and...

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No matter where you are in your leadership journey, never forget that what got you to where you are won't get you to the next level.

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What is your legacy? Are you intentional about the sort of influence you want to have on the world around you? Being aware of how you want to be remembered gives you a perspective on what is truly important....

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If your job is not making a difference in this world, by all means, get out there and find something else ... You’ll find a sense of making a difference through your work if you simply look for it.

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Everyone who got where he is started where he was.

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

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

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It's been said that commitment is another name for success.

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If you keep your mind active, regularly take on mental challenges, and continually think about the right things, you will develop the disciplined thinking that will help you with whatever you endeavor...

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Leadership ability determines a person's level of effectiveness.

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The true measure of leadership is influence - nothing more, nothing less.

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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.

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If you're a leader, it's important to set aside time to quiet yourself and listen for God's direction.

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Tenacious people don't rely on luck, fate, or destiny for their success. And when conditions become difficult, they keep working.

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

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True success is obeying God.

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Everything is a tradeoff. Everywhere you leave, you leave some good things. The more successful you are, the harder it is to make tradeoffs. That's why some people become successful and then become flat....

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Dont ever be impressed with goal setting; be impressed with goal getting. Reaching new goals and moving to a higher level of performance always requires change, and change feels awkward. But take comfort...

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

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Listen twice as much as you speak.

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Creativity requires the willingness to look stupid.

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

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Fail early, fail often, but always fail forward.

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The best leaders realize their success depends on their people.

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Thinking is hard; that's why so few do it.

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The bottomline in leadership isn't how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others.

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Finish every day and be done with it..

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Want to impress others? Talk about your successes. Want to impact others? Talk about your failures.

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

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People are training for success when they should be training for failure.

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To do something really big, let go of your ego, and get ready to be part of a team.

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

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Dreams don't work unless you do

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Poem by Howard A. Walter (Character) I would be true, for there are those who trust me; I would be pure, for there are those who care; I would be strong, for there are those who suffer; I would be brave,...

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John C. Maxwell

There was a very cautious man Who never laughed or played He never risked, he never tried, He never sang or prayed. And when he on day passed away, His insurance was denied, For since he never really lived,...

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John C. Maxwell

You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.

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John C. Maxwell

Everything you now do is something you have chosen to do. Some people don't want to believe that. But if you're over age twenty-one, your life is what you're making of it. To change your life, you need...

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

Not realizing what you want is a problem of knowledge. Not pursuing what you want is a problem of motivation. Not achieving what you want is a problem of persistence.

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John C. Maxwell

People will work eight hours a day for pay, 10 hours a day for a good boss, and 24 hours a day for a good cause!

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John C. Maxwell

Growth inside fuels growth outside.

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John C. Maxwell

You can't be a smart cookie if you have a crummy attitude.

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John C. Maxwell

Character creates consistency, and if your people know what they can expect from you, they will continue to look to you for leadership.

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John C. Maxwell

Character makes trust possible, and trust is the foundation of leadership.

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John C. Maxwell

Over time, is it easier or harder to sustain your influence within your organization? With charisma alone, influence becomes increasingly more difficult to sustain. With character, as time passes, influence...

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Great communication depends on two simple skills-context, which attunes a leader to the same frequency as his or her audience, and delivery, which allows a leader to phrase messages in a language the audience...

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John C. Maxwell

Persuasive communication involves enthusiasm, animation, audience participation, authenticity and spontaneity.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

A highly credible leader under-promises and over-delivers.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Talented performers flock to the best and brightest leaders, and these leaders in turn lift the lids off their people and uncork the latent talent inside of them.

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John C. Maxwell

Don't buy into the notion that mistakes can somehow be avoided. They can't be.

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John C. Maxwell

Seek advice, but make sure it's from someone who has successfully handled mistakes or adversities.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

Every relationship in your organization will affect you one way or another. Those who do not increase you will inevitably decrease you.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Teams make you better than you are, multiply your value, enable you to do what you do best, allow you to help others do their best, give you more time, provide you with companionship, help you fulfill...

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John C. Maxwell

Values hold the team together, provide stability for the team to grow upon, measure the team's performance, give direction and guidance and attract like-minded people.

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John C. Maxwell

Transmit your vision emotionally by gaining credibility, demonstrating passion, establishing relationships and communicating a felt need. Transmit it logically by confronting reality, formulating strategy,...

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John C. Maxwell

Goals may give focus, but dreams give power.

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John C. Maxwell

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.

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John C. Maxwell

A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others do." (Leroy Eims)

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John C. Maxwell

Always turn to God in the midst of your struggle and view people who offended you as an instruments of divine sovereignty.

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John C. Maxwell

Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent.

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John C. Maxwell

Talk to people, not above them.

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John C. Maxwell

Don't hide bad news. With multiple information channels available, bad news always becomes known. Be candid right from the start.

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John C. Maxwell

It is truly one day at a time.

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John C. Maxwell

What you are going to be tomorrow, you are becoming today.

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John C. Maxwell

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.

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John C. Maxwell

Encourage the many; mentor the few.

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John C. Maxwell

The more credible you are, the more confidence people place in you, thereby allowing you the privilege of influencing their lives.

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John C. Maxwell

We cannot lead anyone farther than we have been ourselves.

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John C. Maxwell

You can't become a leader in one conference.

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John C. Maxwell

Successful people are willing to do things unsuccessful people will not do.

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John C. Maxwell

You don't become a success when you get your diploma, you became a success when you decided to go to college when you get your diploma you get the rewards of success.

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John C. Maxwell

The best way to serve the individuals on the team is to see that the whole team wins.

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John C. Maxwell

The Wrong Person in the Wrong Place = Regression. The Wrong Person in the Right Place = Frustration. The Right Person in the Wrong Place = Confusion. The Right Person in the Right Place = Progression....

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John C. Maxwell

There is definitely a connection between finding your passion and reaching your potential. People ask me all the time, 'John, how do I know what I am meant to do in life?' The answer is really simple:...

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John C. Maxwell

Find your vision, and let it guide you in all that you do. If you lack vision, look inside yourself. Draw on your natural gifts and desires.

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John C. Maxwell

The measure of a leader is not the number of people who serve him, but the number of people he serves.

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John C. Maxwell

Effective leaders don't gather things just for themselves; they do it in order to give to others.

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them. This sequence is something that all achievers have in common. They do not see a mistake...

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Passion gives you an advantage over others, because one person with passion is greater than ninety-nine who have only an interest!

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John C. Maxwell

Experience isn't the best teacher - evaluated experience is.

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John C. Maxwell

We cannot achieve our wildest dreams by remaining who we are

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

We are either the masters or victims of our attitudes. It is a matter of personal choice. Who we are today is the result of choices we made yesterday. Tomorrow, we will become what we choose today. To...

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John C. Maxwell

Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand.

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John C. Maxwell

When you find your spiritual gift, God will give you an opportunity to use it.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Image is what people think we are. Integrity is what we really are.

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John C. Maxwell

We tend to become what the most important person in our life thinks we will become. Think the best, believe the best, and express the best in others. Your affirmation will not only make you more attractive...

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

Look behind you: What have you learned? Look around you: What is happening to others? Look above you: What does God expect of you? Look besides you: What resources are available to you?

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John C. Maxwell

The truth is that you can spend your life any way you want, but you can spend it only once.

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John C. Maxwell

Collaboration is multiplication.

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John C. Maxwell

Ordinary people with commitment can make an extraordinary impact on the their world.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Rotten Attitudes ruin a team.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

The only one you should compare yourself to is you. Your mission is to become better today than you were yesterday.

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John C. Maxwell

The process of achievement comes through repeated failures and the constant struggle to climb to a higher level.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Adversity is a crossroads that makes a person choose one of two paths: character or compromise. Every time he chooses character, he becomes stronger, even if that choice brings negative consequences.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Successful people don't make a daily decision to grow. The decision has already been made and just needs to be fed. To feed success you must ... know your purpose in life, grow daily to reach your maximum...

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John C. Maxwell

Your attitude is like the minds paintbrush. It can paint everything in bright, vibrant colors-creating a masterspiece.

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John C. Maxwell

COMMUNICATION: If I had to pick a first rule of communication-the one practice above all others that opens the door to connecting with others-it would be to look for common ground. Too often people see...

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John C. Maxwell

Attitude: It is our best friend or our worst enemy.

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John C. Maxwell

Failure is not fatal. Only failure to get back up is.

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John C. Maxwell

Management is the process of assuring that the program and objectives of the organization are implemented. Leadership on the other hand has to do with casting vision and motivating people.

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John C. Maxwell

Knowing how to do a job is the accomplishment of labor - showing others is the accomplishment of the teacher - making sure the work is done by others is the accomplishment of the manager - inspiring others...

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John C. Maxwell

Needless to say, you can love people without leading them, but you cannot lead people without loving them.

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John C. Maxwell

The first order of things to be changed is me, the leader. After I consider how hard it is to change myself, then I will understand the challenge of trying to change others. This is the ultimate test of...

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John C. Maxwell

Leaders have two characteristics: first they are going somewhere, and second they are able to persuade other people to go with them.

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John C. Maxwell

Openness by the leader paves the way for ownership by the people. Without ownership, changes will be short term. Changing people's habits and ways of thinking is like writing instructions in the snow during...

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John C. Maxwell

Those closest to me will determine the level of my success.

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John C. Maxwell

It's lonely at the top, so you better know why you are there.

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

A leader who develops people adds; a leader who develops leaders multiplies.

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John C. Maxwell

If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don't. If you'd like to win but think you can't it's almost certain you won't. Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster...

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

You can never be more outside of you, than what's in you

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

You will be remembered in life only for your passions!

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John C. Maxwell

Inexperienced leaders are quick to lead before knowing anything about the people they intend to lead. But mature leaders listen, learn and then lead.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Until I understand where I am, I can’t get to where I am going. This is the value of a compass when we are out walking or hiking and need to know we’re going in the right direction. But we also have...

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John C. Maxwell

You can't light another's path without casting light on your own.

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John C. Maxwell

SUCCESS is when I add value to MYSELF. SIGNIFICANCE is when I add value to OTHERS.

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John C. Maxwell

Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.

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John C. Maxwell

Don't wait until you feel positive to move forward. Act your way into feeling good.

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

When a leader reaches out in passion, he is usually met with an answering passion.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

He who thinks he leads, but has no followers, is only taking a walk.

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

Every change in human attitude must come through internal understanding and acceptance. Man is the only known creature who can reshape and remould himself by altering his attitude.

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John C. Maxwell

God will give to you what He knows will flow through you.

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John C. Maxwell

The size of a person is more important than the size of the problem.

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

As long as a person doesn't know what he doesn't know, he doesn't grow

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John C. Maxwell

Why did the achievers overcome problems while thousands are overwhelmed by theirs? They refused to hold on to the common excuses for failure. They turned their stumbling blocks into stepping stones. They...

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John C. Maxwell

Great leaders understand that the right attitude will set the right atmosphere, which enables the right response from others.

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John C. Maxwell

Once our minds are 'tattooed' with negative thinking, our chances for long-term success diminish.

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

The position does not make you a leader. The title, the promotion, the fancy corner office do not make you a leader. No, it is relationships with people that are the foundation, the very heart of leadership....

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Every major difficulty you face in life is a fork in the road. You choose which track you will head down, toward breakdown or breakthrough.

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John C. Maxwell

The key to your success, to my success, to everyone's success is determined by our daily agenda. What you and I do every day is either making us or breaking us, we're either preparing or repairing. So...

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John C. Maxwell

Change the leader, change the organization.

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John C. Maxwell

If you think you are the entire picture, you will never see the big picture.

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John C. Maxwell

Point out a great strength of someone in your life today!

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John C. Maxwell

If you lack initiative, recognize that the problem comes from the inside, not from others. Determine why you hesitate to take action. Does risk scare you? Are you discouraged by past failures? Do you not...

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John C. Maxwell

Dreams require down payments. Dreams are free, but the journey isn't. There is a price to pay. When you find your why you'll find your way. When you develop your will you will embark on your way. Many...

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John C. Maxwell

The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the...

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John C. Maxwell

You can change your tomorrow if you do something today. Few people understand how the way you live today impacts your tomorrow. Today is the only time we have within our grasp, yet many people let it slip...

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John C. Maxwell

If you're not doing something with your life, then it doesn’t matter how long you live. If you're doing something with your life, then it doesn't matter how short your life may be. A life is not measured...

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John C. Maxwell

You can't avoid fear. No magic potion will take it away. And you can't wait for motivation to get you going. To conquer fear, you have to feel the fear and take action anyway.

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John C. Maxwell

Your success stops where your character stops. You can never rise above the limitations of your character.

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John C. Maxwell

Don't worry about yesterday it ended last night at midnight.

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John C. Maxwell

If you believe in others and give them a positive reputation to uphold, you can help them to become better than they think they are.

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John C. Maxwell

Mistakes are the stepping stones to success.

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John C. Maxwell

When a person feels encouraged, he can face the impossible and overcome incredible adversity.

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John C. Maxwell

Connecting is the key to Influence. Influence is the key to Leading. Leading is the key to Success!

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John C. Maxwell

Every time I have had a breakthrough in my life, it has been because of Prayer

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John C. Maxwell

The GREATEST battle you wage against FAILURE occurs on the INSIDE, not the OUTSIDE.

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John C. Maxwell

The more you do, the more you fail. The more you fail, the more you learn. The more you learn, the better you get.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

If your a leader, do everything you can to grow yourself and create the right environment for others to grow.

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John C. Maxwell

Most accomplishments in life come more easily if you approach them strategically

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

In my experience, followers always ask leaders 3 questions: 1) Do you care 4 me? 2) Can you help me? 3) Can I trust you?

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John C. Maxwell

Successful people do what is right no matter how they feel, and by doing right, they feel good.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

A word of Encouragement from a leader can #Inspire a person to reach her potential

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

Your life begins to change when you change something you do every day.

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John C. Maxwell

Each person we meet has the potential to teach us something.

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John C. Maxwell

We don't grow on accident, we grow on purpose.

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

Followers are always watching what you do. And people do what people see! If you are a leader seeking to make your vision come alive, then there is no better way to accomplish this than by living it: Modeling...

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

If we treat people as who they can become, they will be inspired to rise to the level of our expectations.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

A good environment certainly makes it easier to grow. But whether you’re in a good environment or not, you can learn and improve where you are.

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John C. Maxwell

When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust!

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John C. Maxwell

No one stands taller in the climb to success than when he bends over to help up someone else.

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John C. Maxwell

Why worry about things you can't control when you can keep yourself busy controlling the things that depend on you?

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

When you are bigger than your purpose you have a career. When your purpose is bigger than you, you have a calling.

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John C. Maxwell

If you want to reach your potential and become the person you were created to be, you must do much more than just experience life and hope that you learn what you need along the way. You must go out of...

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

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.

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who want to get things done, and those who don't want to make mistakes.

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John C. Maxwell

The real leader holds the power, not just the position.

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John C. Maxwell

Connecting is the ability to identify with people and relate to them in a way that increases your influence with them.

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John C. Maxwell

Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Practice the 101 Percent Principle. Whenever possible, find the 1 percent you do agree on in a difficult situation, and give it 100 percent of your effort.

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John C. Maxwell

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.

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John C. Maxwell

Team leaders have to connect with their team and themselves. If they don't know their team's strengths and weaknesses, they cannot hand off responsibilities to the team. And if they don't know their own...

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John C. Maxwell

To achieve all that is possible, we must attempt the impossible. To be all we can be, we must dream of being more.

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John C. Maxwell

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.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

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.

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John C. Maxwell

The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.

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John C. Maxwell

If you are a parent, you have probably already realized that your children are always watching what you do. And just as children watch their parents and emulate their behavior, so do employees who are...

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John C. Maxwell

Good leaders must communicate vision clearly, creatively, and continually. However, the vision doesn't come alive until the leader models it.

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John C. Maxwell

When you are full of pride on the inside, it makes you stiff, stubborn, and creates strife with others.

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John C. Maxwell

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.

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John C. Maxwell

Look at our society. Everyone wants to be thin, but nobody wants to diet. Everyone wants to live long, but few will exercise. Everybody wants money, yet seldom will anyone budget or control their spending.

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John C. Maxwell

I vividly remember a conversation I had many years ago in 1974, which marked a turning point in my leadership journey. I was sitting at a Holiday Inn with my friend, Kurt Campmeyer, when he asked me if...

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John C. Maxwell

Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. It may mean giving up familiar but limiting patterns, safe but unrewarding work, values no longer believed in, and relationships that have lost their meaning.

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John C. Maxwell

Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have.

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John C. Maxwell

Failed plans should not be interpreted as a failed vision. Visions don't change, they are only refined. Plans rarely stay the same, and are scrapped or adjusted as needed. Be stubborn about the vision,...

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

Life can be boring unless you put some effort into it.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Inability to make decisions is one of the principal reasons executives fail. Deficiency in decision-making ranks much higher than lack of specific knowledge or technical know-how as an indicator of leadership...

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

Enjoyment is an incredible energizer to the human spirit.

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John C. Maxwell

A lack of realism in the vision today costs credibility tomorrow.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Everyone has the potential to become an encourager. You don't have to be rich. You don't have to be a genius. You don't have to have it all together. All you have to do is care about people and initiate.

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John C. Maxwell

Without failure there is no achievement.

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John C. Maxwell

All of the people in my life whom I consider to be close friends or colleagues are good thinkers.

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

Family and friendships are two of the greatest facilitators of happiness.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

The experience of pain or loss can be a formidably motivating force.

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John C. Maxwell

Exceptionally hard decisions can deplete your energy to the point at which you finally cave in. If you mentally crumble and degenerate into negative thinking, you'll magnify the problem to the point where...

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John C. Maxwell

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.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Have the humility to learn from those around you.

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John C. Maxwell

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...

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John C. Maxwell

Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing. That's the Law of Consistency. It doesn't matter how talented you are. It doesn't matter how many opportunities you receive. If you want to...

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John C. Maxwell

The true measure of your character is what you would do if you were sure no one would ever find out.

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John C. Maxwell

Successful people reject rejection.

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John C. Maxwell

Leadership is taking responsibility while others are making excuses.

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John C. Maxwell

The greatest of all insights is that we cannot be tomorrow what we do not do today.

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John C. Maxwell

A dream is an inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will, and emotions, empowering you to do everything you can to achieve it.

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John C. Maxwell

You have to know who you are to grow to your potential. But you have to grow in order to know who you are.

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John C. Maxwell

Leadership has less to do with position than it does with disposition.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

People go farther than they thought they could when someone else thinks they can.

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John C. Maxwell

To connect with people, be yourself, at your best.

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John C. Maxwell

Too often when people think of their journey into leadership, they envision a career path. What they should be thinking about is their own leadership development!

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

If something can be done 80% as well by someone else, delegate!

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John C. Maxwell

Leaders should get out of their comfort zone but stay in their strength zone. When their work lies within their natural gifting and strengths, leaders experience the greatest return in productivity and...

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John C. Maxwell

If you don’t try to create the future you want, you must endure the future you get.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

To change your LIFE you need to change your PRIORITIES.

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John C. Maxwell

Facing difficulties is inevitable. Learning from them is optional.

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John C. Maxwell

True Leadership always begins with the inner person.

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John C. Maxwell

Tomorrow's destiny becomes today's direction.

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John C. Maxwell

A good leader encourages followers to tell him what he needs to know, not what he wants to hear.

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John C. Maxwell

The best way to help people is to see the best in them.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Leadership, like responsibility, is a voluntary act.

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John C. Maxwell

Connecting is vital for any person who wants to achieve success. It is essential for anyone who wants to build great relationships. You will only be able to reach your potential-regar dless of your profession...

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John C. Maxwell

People tend to become what the most important people in their lives think they will become.

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John C. Maxwell

Out of what I had received in my development, I was also able to give. The confidence I gained from personal growth gave me credibility and made me believe I could start developing others. And in that,...

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John C. Maxwell

We teach what we know, but we reproduce what we are.

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John C. Maxwell

Good thinkers are always in demand. A person who knows how may always have a job, but the person who knows why will always be his boss.

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John C. Maxwell

The person who forgets the ultimate is a slave to the immediate.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

There is absolutely no way to increase your income quicker than reading 30 minutes a day

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John C. Maxwell

The true test of relationships is not only how loyal someone is when we fail, but how thrilled they are when we succeed.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

You cannot have growth without change.

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John C. Maxwell

Never underestimate the power of an encouraging word.

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John C. Maxwell

The road to success is long and up hill all the way

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

To lead yourself, use your head; to lead others, use your heart. Always touch a person's heart before you ask him for a hand.

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John C. Maxwell

True leadership cannot be awarded, appointed, or assigned. It comes only from Influence.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

TALENT PROVIDES HOPE FOR ACCOMPLISHMENT, BUT PERSEVERANCE GUARANTEES IT.

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John C. Maxwell

Every journey toward a dream is personal, and as a result, so is the price that must be paid for it.

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John C. Maxwell

The first person you lead is you.

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John C. Maxwell

Be better tomorrow than you are today.

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John C. Maxwell

To grow yourself, you must know yourself.

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John C. Maxwell

Do you want to come climb the transformationa l leadership mountain with me? Your first step begins with DESIRE. Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? If your answer is yes, you can...

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John C. Maxwell

You add value to people when you value them.

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John C. Maxwell

God uses people who fail - Cause there aren't any other kind around.

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John C. Maxwell

People who blame others for their failures never overcome them. They simply move from problem to problem. To reach your potential, you must continually improve yourself, and you can't do that if you don't...

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John C. Maxwell

If you want to improve your world, then focus your attention on helping others.

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John C. Maxwell

While we don't always get what we want, we always get what we choose.

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John C. Maxwell

Reflective thinking turns experience into insight.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

If your habits don't line up with your dream, then you need to either change your habits or change your dream

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John C. Maxwell

Your life expands in proportion to your courage. Fear limits a leader.

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John C. Maxwell

If you want to attract people, you need to be like people you enjoy being with.

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John C. Maxwell

Of all the things a leader should fear, complacency heads the list.

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John C. Maxwell

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...

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John C. Maxwell

The key choices you make-apart from the natural talent you already have-will set you apart from others who have talent alone.

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John C. Maxwell

Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

If you wait until you feel like doing something, you will likely never accomplish it.

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John C. Maxwell

Vision without passion is a picture without possibilities.

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John C. Maxwell

People can open doors for you, but you ... must walk through.

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John C. Maxwell

Presence is a result of confidence. Presence... when we see it we feel it.

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John C. Maxwell

Nobody ever got ready by waiting. You only get ready by starting.

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John C. Maxwell

You will never fulfill your destiny doing work you despise.

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John C. Maxwell

Encouragement is oxygen for the soul

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John C. Maxwell

Only those who see their dream are able to seize their dream.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Nothing separates successful people from unsuccessful people more than how they use their time!

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John C. Maxwell

Anyone can steer a ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course

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John C. Maxwell

I am convinced more than ever that good communication and leadership are all about connecting. If you can connect with others at every level -one-on-one, in groups, and with an audience-your relationships...

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John C. Maxwell

There is no success without failure and losses.

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John C. Maxwell

Every time you make a mistake, don’t bring up everything that’s wrong with yourself; tell yourself that you’re paying the price for growth and that you will learn to do better next time. Every positive...

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John C. Maxwell

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.

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John C. Maxwell

Without leadership ability,a person's impact is only a fraction of what it could be with good leadership.

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John C. Maxwell

You're only as good as the people you have around you.

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John C. Maxwell

God chooses what we go through; we choose how we go through it.

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John C. Maxwell

You are only an attitude away from success!

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John C. Maxwell

Leaders provide for their people what the people cannot provide for themselves.

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John C. Maxwell

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.

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John C. Maxwell

What you give to help others, builds them up enough that they are able to give to others. It's a cycle that can continue on long after you're dead and gone.

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

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.

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John C. Maxwell

Few things build a person up like affirmation. According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, Third College Edition (Simon and Schuster, 1991), the word affirm comes from ad firmare, which means “to...

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John C. Maxwell

The leader’s Attitude is like a thermostat for the place she works. If her attitude is good, the atmosphere is pleasant, and the environment is easy to work in. But if her attitude is bad, the temperature...

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John C. Maxwell

You see, when our attitudes outdistance our abilities, even the impossible becomes possible.

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John C. Maxwell

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.

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John C. Maxwell

A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.

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John C. Maxwell

You can't build a relationship with everybody in the room when you don't care about anybody in the room.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

A leader who produces other leaders multiples their influences.

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John C. Maxwell

True success comes only when every generation continues to develop the next generation.

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John C. Maxwell

Relational skills are the most important abilities in leadership.

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John C. Maxwell

When the leader lacks confidence, the followers lack commitment.

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John C. Maxwell

We cannot choose how many years we will live, but we can choose how much life those years will have. We cannot control the beauty of our face, but we can control the expression on it. We cannot control...

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John C. Maxwell

To achieve your dreams, you must embrace adversity and make failure a regular part of your life. If you're not failing, you're probably not really moving forward.

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John C. Maxwell

People naturally tend toward inertia. That's why self improvement is such a struggle. But that's also why adversity lies at the heart of every success. The process of achievement comes through repeated...

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John C. Maxwell

Big-picture thinkers broaden their outlook by striving to learn from every experience. They don't rest on their successes, they learn from them.

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John C. Maxwell

Successful leaders have the courage to take action while others hesitate.

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John C. Maxwell

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

He that thinketh he leadeth and hath no one following him is only taking a walk.

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John C. Maxwell

As a leader, you have to take responsibility for your own failures as well as successes. That's the only way you'll learn. If you keep learning, you'll improve. If you improve, your leadership will...

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John C. Maxwell

You have to live with the people to know their needs, and you have to live with God to know how to solve them.

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John C. Maxwell

A dream worth pursuing is a picture and blueprint of a person's purpose and potential

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John C. Maxwell

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. Many people who approach the area of vision in leadership have it backwards. They believe that if the cause is good enough, people will automatically...

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John C. Maxwell

Nothing speaks like results. If you want to build the kind of credibility that connects with people, then deliver results before you deliver a message. Get out and do what you advise others to do. Communicate...

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John C. Maxwell

Negative thinking creates clouds at critical decision times.

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John C. Maxwell

Life doesn't do anything to you. It only reveals your spirit.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

An attitude is: an inward feeling expressed by an outward action.

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John C. Maxwell

An attitude's growth never stops.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thought.

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John C. Maxwell

Be the most enthusiastic person you know.

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John C. Maxwell

Show me a person who sees himself negatively and I will show you a person who sees others in a negative way.

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John C. Maxwell

The leader's attitude helps determine the attitudes of the followers.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Negative talking is contagious.

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John C. Maxwell

Negative thinking blows everything out of proportion.

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John C. Maxwell

Negative thinking hinders others from making a positive response.

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John C. Maxwell

Negative thinking keeps us from enjoying life.

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John C. Maxwell

Negative thinking limits God and our potential.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Our attitude can give us an uncommonly positive perspective.

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John C. Maxwell

Our attitude can turn our problems into blessings.

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John C. Maxwell

Our attitude determines our approach to life.

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John C. Maxwell

Our challenge is to think right in a wrong world. Our challenge is to think positive in a negative world.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

There is no such thing as a perfect flawless attitude.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

We are responsible for our attitudes.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

If you don’t change the direction you are going, then you’re likely to end up where you’re heading…

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

Growth today is an investment for tomorrow.

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John C. Maxwell

If we are growing we are always going to be outside our comfort zone.

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John C. Maxwell

The wrong action done at the wrong time spells disaster The right action done at the wrong time spells resistance The wrong action done at the right time spells mistake but The right action done at the...

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John C. Maxwell

To collaborative team members, completing one another is more important than competing with one another.

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John C. Maxwell

The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying

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John C. Maxwell

Good character improves every aspect of a person’s life.

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John C. Maxwell

Achievement comes to someone when he is able to do great things for himself. Success comes when he empowers followers to do great things with him. Significance comes when he develops leaders to do great...

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

The leader finds the dream and then the people. The people find the leader and then the dream.

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John C. Maxwell

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.

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John C. Maxwell

The real test of leadership isn't where you start out. It's where you end up.

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John C. Maxwell

If you can become the leader you ought to be on the inside, you will be able to become the person you want on the outside. People will want to follow you. And when that happens, you'll be able to tackle...

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

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.

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

It's said that a wise person learns from his mistakes. A wiser one learns from others' mistakes. But the wisest person of all learns from others's successes.

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John C. Maxwell

She that fails to command her thoughts will soon lose command of her actions.

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John C. Maxwell

To Stay Focused in Life: You can't know everyone You can't do everything You can't go everywhere We have to pick and choose between good and a little bit better.

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John C. Maxwell

Do not take the agenda that someone else has mapped out for your life.

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

Stay focused instead of getting offended or off track by others.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Have to sow excellent seeds to have an excellent life. Must start with sowing excellent thoughts.

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John C. Maxwell

Everything begins with a decision. Then, we have to manage that decision for the rest of your life.

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John C. Maxwell

Must manage your thought life daily and then you can manage your life.

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John C. Maxwell

You must do right before you feel good.

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John C. Maxwell

Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.

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John C. Maxwell

People are never able to outperform their self-image.

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John C. Maxwell

If you do the things you need to do when you need to do them, then someday you can do the things you want do when you want to do them.

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John C. Maxwell

Most people who decide to grow personally find their first mentors in the pages of books.

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John C. Maxwell

Life is now in session. Are you present?

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

Doing the right thing daily, compounds over time.

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John C. Maxwell

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.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Speak the truth. Transparency breeds legitimacy.

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John C. Maxwell

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.

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John C. Maxwell

Creative leaders inherently know when rules need to be challenged, and they can see when a more flexible approach should be taken.

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John C. Maxwell

Although it's admirable to be ambitious and hard-working, it's more desirable to be smart-working.

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John C. Maxwell

The timing of your decision is just as important as the decision you make.

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John C. Maxwell

Often people fail to start or complete a task because they don't see any connection between what they're doing and what they really want to accomplish in life.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Reaching the top is a monumental achievement, but remaining there may be the most spectacular feat of all.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Earn the right to be heard by listening to others. Seek to understand a situation before making judgments about it.

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John C. Maxwell

Leaders never outgrow the need to change.

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John C. Maxwell

Plan and execute your first failure so that you no longer have to fear it.

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John C. Maxwell

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.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

The unsuccessful person is burdened by learning, and prefers to walk down familiar paths. Their distaste for learning stunts their growth and limits their influence.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

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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John C. Maxwell

People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

To add value to others, one must first value others.

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John C. Maxwell

Courage and initiative come when you understand your purpose in life.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Leadership is influence.

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John C. Maxwell

We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it's a continuing choice.

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John C. Maxwell

Policies are many, Principles are few, Policies will change, Principles never do.

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John C. Maxwell

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

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John C. Maxwell

Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering up.

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John C. Maxwell

In the end, people are persuaded not by what we say, but by what they understand.

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John C. Maxwell

Good executives never put off until tomorrow what they can get someone else to do today.

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John C. Maxwell

If you're lying, you're lying.

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