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You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.

- John C. Maxwell

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

- John C. Maxwell

You will never fulfill your destiny doing work you despise.

- John C. Maxwell

Your attitude towards failure determines your altitude after failure.

- John C. Maxwell

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

- John C. Maxwell

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

- John C. Maxwell

We all have done something unethical.

- John C. Maxwell

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

- John C. Maxwell

We don’t mature momentarily, but over the long-term.

- 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

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

- John C. Maxwell

When your dream is bigger than you are, you only have two choices: give up or get help.

- John C. Maxwell

Whenever a high-profile leader dies, people immediately attempt to summarize that person’s life in a sentence. Often, critics and commentators get caught up looking at the leader’s style, or which political or philosophical camp they represented.

- John C. Maxwell

Without failure there is no achievement.

- 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

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

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

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

- John C. Maxwell

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.

- 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.

- John C. Maxwell

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

- John C. Maxwell

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

- John C. Maxwell

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

- 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.

- John C. Maxwell

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

- John C. Maxwell

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

- 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.

- 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.

- John C. Maxwell

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

- John C. Maxwell

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

- John C. Maxwell

The most talented do not always end up as celebrities, and those with less talent often do. Upsets are written into our history and occur around us every day.

- John C. Maxwell

The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying

- John C. Maxwell

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.

- John C. Maxwell

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

- John C. Maxwell

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

- 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.

- John C. Maxwell

Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.

- John C. Maxwell

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

- John C. Maxwell

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

- John C. Maxwell

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

- John C. Maxwell

Positional leaders ignore the fact that every person has hopes, dreams, desires, and goals of his own. And leaders must bring their vision and the aspirations of the people they lead together in a way that benefits everyone.”

- John C. Maxwell

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

- John C. Maxwell

Ranking among the greatest Christmas movie classics, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ tells a beautiful story about the priceless value of relationships.

- John C. Maxwell

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

- John C. Maxwell

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

- John C. Maxwell

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

- John C. Maxwell

Speak the truth. Transparency breeds legitimacy.

- John C. Maxwell

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

- 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.

- John C. Maxwell

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

- John C. Maxwell

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