Here is an ultimate collection of the 200+ best John Maxwell quotes that will inspire you.

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John Maxwell Quotes About Responsibility

Below is my collection of quotes about responsibility from American author and speaker John Calvin Maxwell.

“Leadership is taking responsibility while others are making excuses.” – John C. Maxwell

“A leader can give up anything – except final responsibility.” – John C. Maxwell

“We have many years to eat and sleep, but how many years do we have to make a difference in the lives of others? That’s the highest calling any of us can have: Living our life so as to intentionally add value to others. But to do this, we have to make ourselves more valuable. We have to keep learning, growing, developing as leaders and taking responsibility for being the change we want to see in the world.” – 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 get better. And in time, you will earn the right to lead on the level you deserve.” – 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 strengths and weaknesses, they will not hand off responsibilities to the team.” – John C. Maxwell

“Leadership is not a right-it is a responsibility.” – John C. Maxwell

“All great leaders have understood that their number one responsibility is cultivating their own discipline and personal growth. Those who cannot lead themselves cannot lead others.” – John C. Maxwell

“Leadership, like responsibility, is a voluntary act.” – John C. Maxwell

“A person of responsibility can trust himself to choose the right thing over the easy thing.” – 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 take responsibility for your actions and learn from your mistakes.” – John C. Maxwell

“The ultimate step in taking responsibility is making sure our actions line up with our words.” – 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, accepting responsibility, celebrating victory and learning from defeat.” – John C. Maxwell

“A sense of responsibility is the clearest indication of mature leadership.” – John C. Maxwell

“If you want to be positive, upbeat, and passionate, you need to take responsibility for being that way.” – John C. Maxwell

“Responsibility is the most important ability that a person can possess.” – John C. Maxwell

“Realizing your potential as a leader is your responsibility.” – John C. Maxwell

“Leadership involves the heavy burden of responsibility, and the fear of getting it wrong can paralyze a leader.” – John C. Maxwell

John Maxwell Quotes About Purpose

Here are some quotes from author and pastor John C. Maxwell that will inspire you.

“Success is… knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.” – John C. Maxwell

“We don’t grow on accident, we grow on purpose.” – John C. Maxwell

“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.” – John C. Maxwell

“Whenever I mentor people and help them discover their purpose, I always encourage them to start the process by discovering their strengths, not exploring their shortcomings. Why? Because people’s purpose in life is always connected to their giftedness. It always works that way. You are not called to do something that you have no talent for. You will discover your purpose by finding and remaining in your strength zone.” – John C. Maxwell

“If you don’t love where you are right now, you won’t love where you are going. Here is what I know: People who are passionate about what they do every day and love where they are in life are the fortunate ones. They have discovered their purpose. They are the difference makers who fully understand the gift of adding value, and yes, they can’t help but love where they are going on their journey.” – John C. Maxwell

“I always try to remember that I am a work in progress. It is life’s journey that matters and the turns I take will determine how much progress I make. You see, I am unique in my gifts and the purpose I was created for. When I get to heaven at the end of my journey, I will not be asked what gifts He gave me, but what I did with them. Each one of us is a work in progress, with a mission and purpose to fulfill that is uniquely ours. Keep that in mind as you journey, won’t you?” – John C. Maxwell

“People who use time wisely spend it on activities that advance their overall purpose in life.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

“People’s purpose in life is always connected to their giftedness.” – John C. Maxwell

“Courage and initiative come when you understand your purpose in life.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

“The purpose of leadership is to take others to the top. And when you take others who might not make it to the top otherwise, there’s no other feeling like it in the world. To those who have never had the experience, you can’t explain it. To those who have, you don’t need to.” – 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 potential, and sow seeds that benefit others. Remember, success is not a destination; it’s a daily thing.” – 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 Win-Win.” – John C. Maxwell

“We fail, not because of big problems, but because of small purposes.” – John C. Maxwell

“People have a seed to success within them. Most never find it and therefore fail to reach their potential. Occasionally, a leader discovers it and helps that individual develop it. For both, they now can fulfill the purpose for which they are born.” – John C. Maxwell

“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 purpose of scouting is to help the children grow up making good decisions in life.” – John C. Maxwell

“There is something to be said about a pastor and a church that develop a missions statement and the people take ownership of it. They get their identity, purpose, and energy from the unique place their church is to be in that community.” – John C. Maxwell

“I literally wrote a book on it called Your Roadmap For Success. And in it I said success is three things: knowing my purpose in life, I think it’s impossible for anybody to be successful until they really discover why they’re here on earth and what God has planned for them; secondly, growing to my maximum potential.” – John C. Maxwell

“SELF-DISCIPLINE, more than any other personal quality I can think of, is the one thing that separates successful people from the unsuccessful. Think of all it encompasses: honoring commitments, promises and deadlines, keeping your life on schedule, being willing to go the extra mile… Self-discipline is essential to success. The alternative is a life ruled by emotions, and none of us can afford that if we’re going to fulfill our purpose and realize our potential.” – John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell Quotes About Character

Here are some quotes from American author John C. Maxwell that will inspire you.

“It’s true that charisma can make a person stand out for a moment, but character sets a person apart for a lifetime.” – John C. Maxwell

“You build trust with others each time you choose integrity over image, truth over convenience, or honor over personal gain.” – John C. Maxwell

“Talent is a gift, but our character is a choice. Talent is natural ability, our gift from God, but we have the power to determine our character. That power rests on a foundation consisting of the choices we make in life. And those choices almost always dictate the amount of trust others have in us, and to what level of leadership we rise.” – 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 builds and requires less work to sustain.” – John C. Maxwell

“Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent.” – John C. Maxwell

“People today are desperate for leaders, but they want to be influenced only by individuals they can trust, persons of good character.” – John C. Maxwell

“When values, thoughts, feelings, and actions are in alignment, a person becomes focused and character is strengthened.” – John C. Maxwell

“You never display your character more clearly than when you speak about the character of others.” – 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.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

“Your success stops where your character stops. You can never rise above the limitations of your character.” – John C. Maxwell

“Character makes trust possible, and trust is the foundation of leadership.” – John C. Maxwell

“The true measure of your character is what you would do if you were sure no one would ever find out.” – John C. Maxwell

“A big man is one who makes us feel bigger when we are with him.” – John C. Maxwell

“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 for themselves.” – John C. Maxwell

“There are three qualities a leader must exemplify to build trust: competence, connection, and character.” – John C. Maxwell

“Good character improves every aspect of a person’s life.” – John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell Quotes About Attitude

Here are some quotes from American pastor John C. Maxwell that will inspire you.

“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.” – John C. Maxwell

“We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it’s a continuing choice.” – John C. Maxwell

“You can’t be a smart cookie if you have a crummy attitude.” – John C. Maxwell

“Your attitude is like the mind’s paintbrush. It can paint everything in bright, vibrant colors-creating a masterpiece.” – 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 life’s difficult moments but we can choose to make life less difficult. We cannot control the negative atmosphere of the world, but we can control the atmosphere of our minds. Too often we try to choose and control things we cannot. Too seldom we choose to control what we can … our attitude.” – 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 change means to choose change.” – John C. Maxwell

“Good attitudes among players do not guarantee a team’s success, but bad attitudes guarantee it’s failure.” – John C. Maxwell

“Once our minds are ‘tattooed’ with negative thinking, our chances for long-term success diminish.” – John C. Maxwell

“Attitude: It is our best friend or our worst enemy.” – John C. Maxwell

“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.” – John C. Maxwell

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” – John C. Maxwell

“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.” – 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 realized that they couldn’t determine every circumstance in life but they could determine their choice of attitude towards every circumstance.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

“The sum of all your thoughts comprises your overall attitude.” – 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 man, but sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can. A happy person is not a person with a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. 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.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

“A person with an outstanding attitude makes the best of it while he gets the worst of it.” – John C. Maxwell

“Circumstances do not make you what you are, they reveal what you are.” – 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 is insufferable.” – John C. Maxwell

“Our attitude is the primary force that will determine whether we succeed or fail.” – John C. Maxwell

“Great leaders understand that the right attitude will set the right atmosphere, which enables the right response from others.” – John C. Maxwell

“Your attitude is either your best friend or your worst enemy, your greatest asset or your greatest liability.” – John C. Maxwell

“Changing your attitude from self-centeredness to understanding requires desire and commitment to always try to see things from the other person’s point of view.” – John C. Maxwell

“Our attitude can turn our problems into blessings.” – John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell Quotes About Vision

Here are some vision quotes from American pastor John C. Maxwell that will inspire you.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

“The success of a vision is determined by its ownership by both the leader and the people.” – John C. Maxwell

“All visions begin with relationships. My relationship with God is where I receive the vision; my relationship with my people is where I give the vision. If those relationships aren’t what they could be or should be, on either side, the receiving or the giving out, the vision is going to be aborted.” – 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 buy in and follow. But that’s not how leadership works. People don’t follow worthy causes; they follow worthy leaders with a cause they can believe in. They buy into the leader first.” – 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 the desires of your heart and compound your vision and effort.” – John C. Maxwell

“Leaders need to remember that the point of leading is not to cross the finish line first. It’s to take people across the finish line with you. For that reason, leaders must deliberately slow their pace, stay connected to their people, enlist others to help fulfill the vision, and keep people going. You can’t do that if you’re running too far ahead of your people.” – John C. Maxwell

“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.” – John C. Maxwell

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

“Without a vision people and the church become self-centered. People start finding fault with one another and the church self-destructs.” – John C. Maxwell

“A lack of realism in the vision today costs credibility tomorrow.” – 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.” – 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, but flexible with your plan.” – John C. Maxwell

“Hope is not strategy. Hope fits with vision, but we must have a strategy and a process to make our vision become a reality.” – John C. Maxwell

“Teamwork gives you the best opportunity to turn vision into reality.” – John C. Maxwell

“You must find a way to get your vision seen, implemented, and contributed to by others.” – John C. Maxwell

“In my organizations I don’t have employees; I have teammates. Yes, I do pay people and offer them benefits. But people don’t work for me. They work with me. We are working together to fulfill the vision. Without them, I cannot succeed. Without me, they cannot succeed. We’re a team. We reach our goals together. We need each other. If we didn’t, then one of us is in the wrong place.” – John C. Maxwell

“Good leaders must communicate vision clearly, creatively, and continually. However, the vision doesn’t come alive until the leader models it.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell Quotes About Passion

John C. Maxwell shares with us his beliefs about passion.

“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” – 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!” – 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 your expectations, setting the example by your actions, and showing the way through leading. Your followers, who are watching, will see in you the living picture of the vision, and you will produce the energy, motivation and passion to keep it going.” – John C. Maxwell

“When a leader reaches out in passion, he is usually met with an answering passion.” – John C. Maxwell

“Vision without passion is a picture without possibilities.” – John C. Maxwell

“Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course. Don’t ever underestimate the power of planning. You can’t make your vision come to life unless you outline each goal-driven step at a time. And you can’t reach your full potential unless you plan how to make the most of your purpose and passion. When you look around and see people who are the captains of their ship, invariably they have taken pains to chart their successful course through life.” – John C. Maxwell

“Passion creates energy and magnetically pulls co-workers and customers into a shared vision, and it is exceptionally strong when linked with a leader’s values.” – John C. Maxwell

“The dreams and passions stored within hearts are powerful keys which can unlock a wealth of potential.” – 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: Energy and Excellence. When you experience unbounded energy in what you are doing, when you are driven to excellence in your work and love what you do – then you can rest assured that you have found your passion and are definitely in pursuit of your full potential.” – John C. Maxwell

“I think that self-discipline has to be accompanied by passion.” – John C. Maxwell

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

“You will be remembered in life only for your passions!” – John C. Maxwell

“I think passion and discipline are wonderful, complementary things.” – John C. Maxwell

“I think passion gives you the energy to do what is right, and discipline makes sure you do what is right. So I look at them as kind of cousins maybe.” – John C. Maxwell

“I wrote the book [Today Matters] because I have a passion to help people personally grow. Really what it is, it’s a personal growth book.” – John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell Quotes About Dreams

Here are some quotes on dreams taken from American author John C. Maxwell.

“We have to pilot our own dreams – we cannot entrust them to anyone else.” – John C. Maxwell

“Dreams require down payments. Dreams are free, but the journey isn’t. There is a price to pay. First, you must pay the price of dealing with criticism from people who matter. Second, you must pay the price of overcoming your fears. Failure, rejection, and looking foolish are common fears – but they are just feelings that can be conquered and removed from your thoughts. Finally, you must be willing to pay the price of hard work in order to realize your dream.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

“A dream worth pursuing is a picture and blueprint of a person’s purpose and potential.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

“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 your priorities. 7) Give up to go up.” – John C. Maxwell

“When your dream is bigger than you are, you only have two choices: give up or get help.” – John C. Maxwell

“At the beginning, all we have is the vision. At that point God expects us to begin walking in obedience according to the dream He has given us.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

“Never allow others to put obstacles in the pathway of your dreams.” – John C. Maxwell

“God has put a dream inside you. It’s yours, and no one else’s. It declares your uniqueness. It holds your potential. Only you can birth it. Only you can live it. Not to discover it, take responsibility for it, and act upon it is to negatively affect yourself as well as all those who would benefit from your dream.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

“If you have great people around you, they will take you higher than your dream will. Leaders are never self-made. Those closest to you determine your level of success, so choosing the right companions as partners in pursuit of your vision is an important decision. My advice is to surround yourself with talented people who will challenge you, help you grow and inspire you to maximize your potential.” – John C. Maxwell

“Only those who see their dream are able to seize their dream.” – John C. Maxwell

“We cannot achieve our wildest dreams by remaining who we are.” – John C. Maxwell

“We overestimate the event and underestimate the process. Every fulfilled dream occurred because of dedication to the process.” – John C. Maxwell

“A person who has a dream knows what he is willing to give up in order to go up.” – John C. Maxwell

“When contemplating the pursuit of a dream or the start of a new venture, too many people are hesitant to begin because they can’t comprehend the entire journey. If that’s where you find yourself right now, don’t expect to understand what it takes to get to the top. Just take the next step. There’s no shame in starting small; in fact, if you don’t start small, you’ll probably never start at all.” – John C. Maxwell

“God has never given anybody a dream that He did not want that person to fulfill.” – 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.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell Quotes About Commitment

Here are some quotes about commitment made by American author and speaker John C. Maxwell.

“Some people want everything to be perfect before they’re willing to commit… But commitment always precedes achievement.” – John C. Maxwell

“Commitment comes as a result of choice, not conditions.” – John C. Maxwell

“The highest reward for our toil is not what we get for it but what we become by it. … Mistakes are not failures. They are proof that we are making an effort. When we understand that, we can more easily move out of our comfort zone, try something new, and improve. … Improvement demands a commitment to grow long after the mood in which it was made has passed.” – John C. Maxwell

“When the leader lacks confidence, the followers lack commitment.” – John C. Maxwell

“Commitment is the first step to every good thing I know, and the only step that matters when it comes to achievement. It inspires and attracts people, shows them you have conviction and goals, that you are focused and determined. And the commitment that is based on values will endure. Any time you make choices based on solid life values, you are in a better position to sustain your level of commitment, because you don’t have to continually re-evaluate its importance.” – John C. Maxwell

“It’s been said that commitment is another name for success.” – John C. Maxwell

“When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust!” – John C. Maxwell

“Ordinary people with commitment can make an extraordinary impact on the their world.” – John C. Maxwell

“Leadership is influence. It is the ability to obtain followers. When the leader lacks confidence, the followers have no commitment. A leader is great not because of his power, but because of his ability to empower others.” – John C. Maxwell

“Every day I will renew my commitment and think about the benefits that come from it.” – John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell Quotes About Growth

Let me share with you some quotes from John C. Maxwell about growth in oneself.

“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 thing you can say to yourself will help.” – John C. Maxwell

“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” – John C. Maxwell

“The more seriously you take your growth, the more seriously your people will take you.” – John C. Maxwell

“Growth inside fuels growth outside.” – John C. Maxwell

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” – John C. Maxwell

“You must do right before you feel good.” – John C. Maxwell

“Others are ahead of me. I am continually challenged. My focus is forward. The atmosphere is affirming. I am often out of my comfort zone. I wake up excited. Failure is not my enemy. Others are growing. People desire change. Growth is modeled and expected.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

“Life doesn’t do anything to you. It only reveals your spirit.” – John C. Maxwell

“The more intentional you are about your leadership growth, the greater your potential for becoming the leader you’re capable of being. Never stop learning.” – John C. Maxwell

“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.” – 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.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

“An attitude’s growth never stops.” – John C. Maxwell

“The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.” – John C. Maxwell

“If you aren’t making any mistakes, it’s a sure sign you’re playing it too safe.” – John C. Maxwell

“The best gift you can ever give your mentor is to grow. They feed off your growth. I believe that everyone has the seed of success inside, but too many people can’t find it in themselves and as “a result do not reach their potential. But there are those whose purpose in life is to fertilize the seed of potential in another, who are rewarded by seeing that person grow and blossom before their eyes. Raising up others to a higher level is a mentor’s joy and sustenance.” – John C. Maxwell

“Make personal growth a daily priority.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

“I’ve been told that certain species of fish will grow according to the size of their environment. Put them in a tiny aquarium, and they remain small even at adulthood. Release them into a huge natural body of water, and they grow into their intended size. People are similar. If they live in a harsh and limiting environment, they stay small. But put them someplace that encourages growth, and they will expand to reach their potential.” – 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 I had a personal growth plan. I didn’t. In fact, I didn’t even know you were supposed to have one.” – John C. Maxwell

“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.” – John C. Maxwell

“Growth today is an investment for tomorrow.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell Quotes About Opportunity

American author John C. Maxwell teaches us on grabbing opportunities.

“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 see the potential that opportunity offers? Find the source of your hesitation, and address it. You won’t be able to move forward on the outside until you can move forward on the inside.” – John C. Maxwell

“Problems almost always create opportunities – to learn, grow and improve.” – 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 grow, consistency is key.” – John C. Maxwell

“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. The choice is yours.” – John C. Maxwell

“When you find your spiritual gift, God will give you an opportunity to use it.” – John C. Maxwell

“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 road is to get back. Opportunities never look as good coming as they do going, and they wait for no one. We need to be highly attentive to spot them. And we must be focused on our present capabilities, not past regrets.” – John C. Maxwell

“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. But they must hold on to people lightly. Those who start with you seldom finish with you.” – John C. Maxwell

“When problems confront successful leaders, they get excited about the opportunity.” – John C. Maxwell

“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. Be willing to give up income for potential, for opportunity.” – John C. Maxwell

“Might you be missing opportunities because you have been too quick to ask how instead of why?” – John C. Maxwell

“I have found progress, personal growth, and new and exciting opportunities in my failure. I’ve grown more comfortable with the fact that in certain circumstances, I’m the person in the room who knows the least about what’s going on.” – John C. Maxwell

“Remember, at the time God gives us a vision, we never have the resources available to accomplish it. We don’t have the people, the money, the knowledge, or the opportunity.” – 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 is as their failure; rather it is simply a learning experience. Achievers view a mistake as an opportunity to do something over again and do it right the second time. A mistake is simply the price they pay to achieve success.” – John C. Maxwell

“What am I doing with the gifts that have been given and the opportunities that are mine to make things better for others? I think it’s always – success has to be beyond the person who is themselves working for personal success. It’s also got to be helping someone else.” – 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 your way to seize growth opportunities as if your future depended on it. Why? Because it does. Growth doesn’t just happen–not for me, not for you, not for anybody. You have to go after it.” – John C. Maxwell

“Adversity is an opportunity for self-discovery.” – John C. Maxwell

“People who are not leaders automatically gravitate toward lines–limitations set by others. Many people are taught this in kindergarten when they are instructed to stay within the lines while coloring. But leaders are more creative than that. They look for options and opportunities. They try to take things in a new direction, or beyond the limit. Progress and innovation are made by people who think without lines.” – John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell Quotes About Leadership

Below are a few quotes about leadership from American author and speaker John Calvin Maxwell.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” – John C. Maxwell

“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

“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 and continually develops them.” – John C. Maxwell

“Earn the right to be heard by listening to others. Seek to understand a situation before making judgments about it.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” – John C. Maxwell

“Most people have a desire to look for the exception instead of the desire to become exceptional.” – John C. Maxwell

“Leadership is influence.” – John C. Maxwell

“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” – John C. Maxwell

“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” – 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.” – John C. Maxwell

“To add value to others, one must first value others.” – John C. Maxwell

“The better you are at surrounding yourself with people of high potential, the greater your chance for success.” – John C. Maxwell

“The more seriously you take your growth, the more seriously your people will take you.” – John C. Maxwell

“People’s purpose in life is always connected to their giftedness.” – John C. Maxwell

“Question for God every morning: What is the main event today? What do you want me to focus on today?” – John C. Maxwell

“Live to learn and you will really learn to live.” – John C. Maxwell

“He that thinketh he leadeth and hath no one following him is only taking a walk.” – John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell Quotes About Communication

Here are some quotes about communication from John C. Maxwell.

“Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering up.” – 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 are stronger, your sense of community improves, your ability to create teamwork increases, your influence increases, and your productivity skyrockets.” – John C. Maxwell

“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 communication as the process of transmitting massive amounts of information to other people. But that’s the wrong picture. Communication is a journey. The more that people have in common, the better the chance that they can take that journey together.” – John C. Maxwell

“Relational skills are the most important abilities in leadership.” – John C. Maxwell

“Educators take something simple and make it complicated. Communicators take something complicated and make it simple.” – 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 can understand.” – John C. Maxwell

“Persuasive communication involves enthusiasm, animation, audience participation, authenticity and spontaneity.” – John C. Maxwell

“Talk to people, not above them.” – John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell Quotes About Hard Work

Below are a few quotes about hard work from American author and speaker John Calvin 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.” – John C. Maxwell

“Someone once defined hard work as the accumulation of the easy things you didn’t do when you should have.” – John C. Maxwell

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.” – John C. Maxwell

“If you are a leader, the true measure of your success is not getting people to work. It’s not getting people to work hard. It is getting people to work hard together. That takes commitment.” – John C. Maxwell

“Although it’s admirable to be ambitious and hard-working, it’s more desirable to be smart-working.” – John C. Maxwell

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