These are favorite lessons from John C. Maxwell. Hello everyone, my name is Samuel Balaoro and welcome to the BE Mindset, a place for future leaders and personal development. If you’re new here, follow us on Instagram for updates on new events happening in The BE Mindset community. I’m sure everyone knows who John C. Maxwell is. Hence, it would be wrong of me not to talk about him since this is a leadership website.
Who is John C. Maxwell?
Who is John C. Maxwell?
John Calvin Maxwell has grown up as an evangelical Christian and followed his father in the ministry. He became a pastor and preached at many churches, specifically at the Crystal Cathedral in Orange County, California. Yet for most of us, we probably know him better as an inspiring author. His books have continued to change the way we think and inspires us to become both better people and leaders in our own rights. Now we all know the lessons from his books, which we can go over in the future, but for now, we will discuss my favorite quotes from John C. Maxwell.
Quotes From John C. Maxwell
Quotes From John C. Maxwell
1. Everyone has the potential to become an encourager.
“Everyone has the potential to become an encourager. One doesn’t have to be rich. You do not have to be a genius. You don’t have to have it all together. All you have to do is care about people and initiate.”– John C. Maxwell
I love the reality of this quote. EVERYONE can be an encourager. Now if you don’t think you can because you wouldn’t know what to say, that is perfectly fine. There’s a time to say something and there’s a time to say nothing. If you are truly listening to the person/people, then you will know if or if not you should talk and what to say as well.
2. People who use time wisely.
“People who use time wisely spend it on activities that advance their overall purpose in life.”– John C. Maxwell
It’s great when we use our time for more productive activities. But what he said was,”…activities that advance their overall purpose in life.” To me, that means knowing how to balance every part of their life. For example, if you are working on your business really hard, but you are not giving proper time to rest, then you are harming your body and your mind to fulfill what should be done. This can go for everything you decide to do with your time, so choose wisely.
3. Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who do not.
“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
Growth begins as a solo path. We grew up comfortable with everything we have and followed down the river along with everyone else. But once we realized that the path we’ve been following is not one we were satisfied with, we decided to make a change. You begin to go against the river and fight your way to change. You may have family and friends that are questioning you, but at least you should respect yourself because you know you are beginning to grow.
4. The greatest mistake we make.
“The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.”– John C. Maxwell
This is a funny one for how relatable it is. Have you ever thought of something that you always wanted to do, then you decide to make an analysis of what you have to go through to prepare for it? Then you see the negatives of it, you start letting the fear take over your mind, the thought of failure overwhelms you, and now you decide maybe it’s a bad idea to do it. We are always going to make mistakes because nothing is perfect. We will fail, so don’t let the thought of it stop you from reaching what you want to achieve because eventually, those failures will lead to success.
5. A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes.
“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”– John C. Maxwell
This is more relatable to me when I was younger because I wasn’t strong enough before. Personally, I would admit my mistakes, but I would go too deep in those mistakes that I forget to learn from them and make myself better. It took me years of making those same mistakes for me to realize that I need to grow up from these mistakes. Now I’ve seen people who can’t even do the first part and choose to blame others instead of themselves. If you really want to change yourself, you need to take your responsibilities and humble yourself.
6. The difference between average people and achieving people.
“The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.”– John C. Maxwell
This also relates to the last quote and how I used to think when I was younger. I took failure too hard that it affected my thoughts and performance. It took me a while to see that my failures will lead me to my successes. Not only that, but they made me a stronger person as well. Hopefully, for everyone else, failure won’t determine how weak you are, but what makes you strong and unique from everyone else.
7. Family and friendships.
“Family and friendships are two of the greatest facilitators of happiness.”– John C. Maxwell
This is something we really take for granted when we’re younger. It’s only when we get older we appreciate the people in our lives that supported us through everything. Our family will always be there for us, partially because they have to, but mainly because they love us. Now with friends, it’s great to have them if they’re true. It’s always a great feeling to see you have a small group of friends, but they are real and make you happy.
8. The unsuccessful person is burdened by learning.
“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
Learning shouldn’t be a burden, but instead an excitement. This goes for the learning experiences that seem scary as well. It’s from doing the scary or uncomfortable things where one will learn and grow from. The moment the scary part passes and we made it through is the moment we feel happy with ourselves. Just like the example earlier, go against the tide instead of riding along the river.
9. Learn to say “no”.
“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.”– John C. Maxwell
You do not need to please everyone. This means you don’t have to say yes to everything or everyone. John was saying that if you want the best, you need to say “no” to the average choices. This also includes taking opportunities. Many opportunities will be given to, but only one of them was meant for you.
10. The experience of pain.
“The experience of pain or loss can be a formidably motivating force.”– John C. Maxwell
This is probably most relatable with our time today. Everyone is at home, we might have been affected by the virus physically. Maybe people we know and love have been affected by it. Some of us may have lost our jobs because of it. But if we can learn to use these hardships and tribulations to change the way we are doing things, then these things just became our new drive for something far greater than what we first hoped for.
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