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Born: February 20, 1947

John Maxwell

John Maxwell was born in born in Garden City, MI. He is a Pastor, Author and Speaker. He has sold millions of books all with a focus on helping people achieve the best they can be in leadership roles and in life in general. Let his quotes inspire and encourage you.


Power really is a test of character. In the hands of a person of integrity, it is of tremendous benefit; in the hands of a tyrant, it causes terrible destruction.
John Maxwell
Character



Your attitude is a choice, and you need to have a great attitude because it gives you possibilities.

John Maxwell
Choices



Everybody has at least a few areas in their thinking and some attitudes that need to change. If you want to improve your life, you need to go after those areas.

John Maxwell
Change



You see, success isn't a list of goals to be checked off one after another. It's not reaching a destination. Success is a journey.

John Maxwell
Success



What separates leadership theorists from successful leaders who lead effectively in the real world? The answer lies in the character qualities of the individual person.

John C. Maxwell, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader
Leadership



True leadership cannot be awarded, appointed, or assigned. It comes only from influence, and that cannot be mandated. It must be earned.

John C. Maxwell, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader
Influence



To be successful, focus on your strengths and develop them. That's where you should pour your time, energy, and resources.

John C. Maxwell, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader
Focus



One of the most significant discoveries of my life was realizing that we often place too much emphasis on making decisions and too little on managing the decisions we've already made.

John C. Maxwell, The Difference Maker
Decision



When you get up in the morning, you need to remind yourself of the decision you’ve made to have a positive attitude. You need to manage your thinking and direct your actions so that they are consistent with your decision.

John C. Maxwell, The Difference Maker
Positive Attitude



I've discovered that people often find it hard to define success. But if you don't know what success is, how will you ever achieve it?

John C Maxwell, 3 Things Successful People Do: The Road Map That Will Change Your Life
Words of Encouragement



The problem for most people who want to be successful is not that they can't achieve success. The main obstacle for them is that they misunderstand success.

John C Maxwell, 3 Things Successful People Do: The Road Map That Will Change Your Life
Problem



A lot of people believe that if they accumulate wealth, they will be successful. But wealth does not bring contentment or success.

John C Maxwell, 3 Things Successful People Do: The Road Map That Will Change Your Life
Wealth



When you're honest about your need for help, specific with others about the value they add, and inclusive of others as you build a team to do something bigger than you are, everybody wins.

John C. Maxwell, 25 Ways to Win with People
Teamwork



People often make a mistake in their personal development when they focus too much on their weaknesses. As a result, they spend all their time trying to shore up those weaknesses instead of maximizing the strengths they possess.

John C. Maxwell, 25 Ways to Win with People
Personal Development



We want to become others' heroes - to be larger than life. That creates a problem because we're real live human beings.

John C. Maxwell, The 360° Leader
Inspiring Others



The people with charisma, those who attract others to themselves, are individuals who focus on others, not themselves. They ask questions of others. They listen.

John C. Maxwell, The 360° Leader
Listening



As you move forward on the success journey, you need to remember that what happens in you is more important than what happens to you.

John C. Maxwell, Your Road Map for Success
Encouraging



Unfortunately, the majority of the fear and stress that people experience in life is from things they can do nothing about. Don't let that happen to you.

John C. Maxwell, Your Road Map for Success
Fear



The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda. It all comes down to what you do today.

John C. Maxwell, JumpStart Your Priorities: A 90-Day Improvement Plan
Motivational Poems



You see, success doesn't just suddenly occur one day. For that matter, neither does failure. Each is a process. Every day of your life is merely preparation for the next.

John C. Maxwell, JumpStart Your Priorities: A 90-Day Improvement Plan
Preparation



You begin to build a better life by determining to make good decisions, but that alone is not enough. You need to know what priorities to set for your life.

John C. Maxwell, JumpStart Your Priorities: A 90-Day Improvement Plan
Life



You must know who you are and have confidence in yourself if you desire to connect with others.

John C. Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
Confidence



Nothing frustrates team members more than leaders who can't make up their minds.

John Maxwell
Poems about Life



But busyness does not equal productivity. Activity is not necessarily accomplishment.

John Maxwell
Accomplishment



The place to start a positive attitude is with the little things. If you can learn to appreciate them and be grateful for them, you'll appreciate the big things as well as everything in between.

John Maxwell
Appreciation



It's one thing to communicate to people because you believe you have something of value to say. It's another to communicate with people because you believe they have value.

John C. Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
Comunication



Everything rises and falls on leadership. If you desire to lift the lid on your personal effectiveness, the only way to do it is to increase your leadership skills.

John C. Maxwell, Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success
Motivational



When it comes right down to it, I know of only one factor that separates those who consistently shine from those who don't: The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.

John C. Maxwell, Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success
Failure



How people see failure and deal with it - whether they possess the ability to look beyond it and keep achieving - impacts every aspect of their lives.

John C. Maxwell, Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success
Mistake



People who achieve their potential do so because they invest in themselves every day.

John C. Maxwell, The Maxwell Daily Reader: 365 Days of Insight to Develop the Leader Within You and Influence Those Around You
Potential



You cannot grow unless you are willing to change. And you will not change unless you change something you do every day.

John C. Maxwell, The Maxwell Daily Reader: 365 Days of Insight to Develop the Leader Within You and Influence Those Around You
Quotes to Live By



The small responsibilities you have before you now comprise the first great leadership conquest you must make. Don't try to conquer the world until you've taken care of things in your own backyard.

John C. Maxwell, The Maxwell Daily Reader: 365 Days of Insight to Develop the Leader Within You and Influence Those Around You
Top Ten Quotes



Life is too short not to do some things you love. What energizes you and keeps you passionate?

John C. Maxwell
Passion



And it is your attitude, not your achievements, that gives you happiness and is contagious in its positive impact on others.

John Maxwell
Happiness



Growth equals change. If you want to get better, you have to keep changing and improving. That means stepping out into new areas.

John Maxwell
Comfort Zone



I want you to learn how to confidently look the prospect of failure in the eye and move forward anyway. Because in life, the question is not if you will have problems, but how you are going to deal with your problems.

John Maxwell
Encouraging Poems



There is no achievement without failure. To even imply that it might be possible gives people the wrong impression.

John Maxwell
Achievement



Your attitude toward a task affects its outcome more than anything else, and your attitude toward others often determines their attitude toward you.

John Maxwell
Inspirational Poems


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