John C. Maxwell Quotes

Who is John C. Maxwell?

John Calvin Maxwell is an American author and speaker in the field of leadership.

Maxwell is known for the best-seller 'The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership' and many other books on leadership and productivity.

Born January 01, 1947

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Best 61 Quotes by John C. Maxwell | Page 1 of 3

“A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.”

“A celebrity is a person who works hard all of their life to become well known, and then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.”

“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.”

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

“A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

“A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.”

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“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

“A good conscience is a continual Christmas.”

“A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.”

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

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

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”

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

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“A leader who produces other leaders multiples their influences.”

“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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“The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another's keeping.”


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“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.”

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

“A positive attitude can really make dreams come true – it did for me.”

“A successful person finds the right place for himself. But a successful leader finds the right place for others.”

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”

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

“I discovered that great men were willing to share their ideas. And I was learning so much. You can learn only if others are ahead of you.”

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

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

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

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

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

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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 your priorities.
7) Give up to go up.”

“Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.”

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