John Calvin Maxwell is a professional speaker and pastor whose influenced many people through his speeches and books. He has written over 60 books and sold more than 19 million copies including some on the NY Times Best Seller List which is pretty impressive.
Here is a list of 10 Inspirational Quotes from John C. Maxwell:
1. Be willing to sacrifice pleasure for opportunity.
Sometimes you should trade the pleasure for the opportunity. The opportunity will most often bring you a lot more pleasure later on. It’s always up to you, so make sure you make the right decision.
2. Give up to go up.
Giving up doesn’t always mean you lose something that has high value. Sometimes giving up gives us a chance to get something better instead and be in a much better position.
3. Change is inevitable, growth is optional.
Changes are natural and we can’t avoid them. What we can do is choose how to react. We can either stay the same as we are, or we can choose to use the change as a growth opportunity.
4. Live to learn and you will really learn to live.
Knowledge is very important. If you live every day with a goal to learn something new, you will learn to live your life to the fullest. Knowledge is one of the main things that makes the difference between people. But don’t forget, you have to use it as-well. If you don’t use your knowledge, it’s worthless.
5. Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.
Always analyze the situation. Sometimes we get carried away by the stars and we don’t even notice the moon. Sometimes we have to say ‘no’ to a good opportunity, not because we don’t like it, but because there is a much better one coming after it. If you want to be successful, you need to learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.
6. The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.
People regret the things they didn’t do more than the ones they did. And this is the main reason why. Don’t be afraid of trying something new. Don’t be afraid to live your life. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. Mistakes make us better and mistakes teach us a lot.
7. The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying.
If Tesla gave up, our lives would have been much different and you wouldn’t be reading this for sure. If Einstein gave up, he would’ve never won a Noble prize in Physics.
But they didn’t.
They believed in themselves and they did everything they could do achieve their goals. They never gave up. So if you want to be successful, never give up. Because if you stop trying, you’ve failed. You don’t want to fail, do you?
8. A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them and strong enough to correct them.
You should not be afraid to admit your mistakes. There is nothing embarrassing about it. But you should be embarrassed if you didn’t learn anything out of them.
You should learn from your mistakes and be smart enough to avoid them in the future. That is the best way to become a better person.
And don’t forget, you can learn from other people’s mistakes too.
9. Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
We can’t control what’s happening in the world. We are not responsible for the wars and fights, but what we are responsible for is our lives.
You are responsible for your life. The way you react to what happens around you, creates your life. The way you act in your life, creates your character. So instead of crying about what’s happening around you, try to find a way to get past it. Always try to get the best out of every situation.
10. Successful leaders have the courage to take action while others hesitate.
Be brave. Don’t be afraid to be different. If you want to be successful, you must have the courage to be different. Dare to be different.
There are many things to learn from John C. Maxwell. The man speaks to Fortune 500 companies every year, many organizations and international governments. If you want to learn more about him, then I recommend The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader and Developing the Leader Within You.
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