Top 10 John C. Maxwell Quotes

John Calvin Maxwell(February 20, 1947) is an American pastor, author, and leadership speaker. In his career, he has sold more than 20 million books. 

Here are the top ten greatest quotes:


As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person I should try to change is me.

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There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

Path, Tropical, Jungle, Trail, Pathway


Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.

Sport, American Football, Defeat


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

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



Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.

man tying boy's shoes on field


Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.

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

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Dreams don’t work unless you do.

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

man standing on top of mountain

Thank you John Maxwell!


Interesting John C Maxwell Facts:

  • He has written more than 70 books.
  • He has a net worth of around $700 million.
  • He founded The John Maxwell Company, a company that provides corporate leadership solutions, and EQUIP, a non-profit organization focused on training Christian leaders.

What are some of your favorite quotes?

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