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We have rounded up some of the best inspirational John Maxwell quotes for you to enjoy and learn from. John C. Maxwell has inspired millions upon millions around the world to achieve success in all areas of their life through his books, events and one on one coaching.

John C. Maxwell was named as one of the best inspirational leadership coaches in the world, coaching some of the top CEO and business leaders with his classic life and business lessons for success.

Read on and enjoy this collection of John C. Maxwell quotes to inspire your day and move your mind in the right direction for success.

50 Inspirational John C. Maxwell Quotes

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” – John Maxwell

“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.” – John Maxwell

“Growth inside fuels growth outside.” – John Maxwell

“You don’t overcome challenges by making them smaller but by making yourself bigger.” – John Maxwell

“If you start today to do the right thing, you are already a success even if it doesn’t show yet.” – John Maxwell

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”John Maxwell

“The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.” – John Maxwell

“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” – John Maxwell

“Doing the right thing daily, compounds over time.” – John Maxwell

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

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” – John Maxwell

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

“Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.” – John Maxwell

“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” – John Maxwell

“We cannot become what we need by remaining what we are.” – John Maxwell

“Failing forward” is the ability to get back up after you’ve been knocked down, learn from your mistake, and move forward in a better direction.” – John Maxwell

“Success is…knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.” – John Maxwell

“The more seriously you take your growth, the more seriously your people will take you.” – John Maxwell

“Most People have a desire to look for the exception instead of the desire to become exceptional.” – John Maxwell

“Speak the truth. Transparency breeds legitimacy.” – John Maxwell

“Make a point to continually search for a better way of doing things, even when things are going well, to ensure that a better alternative has not been overlooked and to keep your creative talents in practice.” – John Maxwell

“Creative leaders inherently know when rules need to be challenged, and they can see when a more flexible approach should be taken.” – John Maxwell

“Although it’s admirable to be ambitious and hard-working, it’s more desirable to be smart-working.” – John Maxwell

“The timing of your decision is just as important as the decision you make.” – John Maxwell

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“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” – John Maxwell

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” – John Maxwell

“Happiness simply cannot be relied upon as a measure of success.” – John Maxwell

“Often people fail to start or complete a task because they don’t see any connection between what they’re doing and what they really want to accomplish in life.” – John Maxwell

“You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.” – John Maxwell

“Leaders don’t rise to the pinnacle of success without developing the right set of attitudes and habits; they make every day a masterpiece.” – John Maxwell

“Reaching the top is a monumental achievement, but remaining there may be the most spectacular feat of all.” – John Maxwell

“You build trust with others each time you choose integrity over image, truth over convenience, or honor over personal gain.” – John Maxwell

“Earn the right to be heard by listening to others. Seek to understand a situation before making judgments about it.” – John Maxwell

“Leaders never outgrow the need to change.” – John Maxwell

“If you don’t have peace, it isn’t because someone took it from you; you gave it away. You cannot always control what happens to you, but you can control what happens in you.” – John Maxwell

“Plan and execute your first failure so that you no longer have to fear it.” – John Maxwell

“The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying” – John 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 Maxwell

“Stay focused instead of getting offended or off track by others.” – John Maxwell

“To add value to others, one must first value others.” – John Maxwell

“Doing the wrong thing daily, compounds over time.” – John 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 Maxwell

“The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.” – John Maxwell

“As you begin changing your thinking, start immediately to change your behavior. Begin to act the part of the person you would like to become. Take action on your behavior. Too many people want to feel, then take action. This never works.” – John Maxwell

“It’s true that charisma can make a person stand out for a moment, but character sets a person apart for a lifetime.” – John Maxwell

“Everything begins with a decision. Then, we have to manage that decision for the rest of your life.” – John Maxwell

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

“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.” – John 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 Maxwell

“Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them.” – John Maxwell

John C. Maxwell’s 7 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.” 

John C. Maxwell’s Advice On Quitting:

(1) Quit something you don’t do well to start something you do well.

(2)  Quit something you’re not passionate about to do something that fills you with passion.

(3) Quit something that doesn’t make a difference to do something that does.

I hope you enjoyed this great collection of John C.Maxwell’s inspirational quotes. Don’t forget to share these with your network to spread the love and inspiration.

I am the the Founder of and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.




    Aug 5, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    These quotes if practically lived by, can make us great men and women whose impact will transcend our immediate generation.

  2. Agnes Mawunyo-Apasu

    Sep 19, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Thank you for the quotes. I need to value others to be able to add to them. I believe this applies to everything I do.

  3. Nathan Argenta

    Jul 14, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    These are awesome quotes… I really love John C Maxwell and his 7 steps to success. Thank you for sharing these amazing quotes Joel!

  4. Michael Dickson

    May 14, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    wow,am highly inspired and am aspired to put it into practice both in my spiritual,physical and mental culture. Thank you for a job wel done. I appreciate !!

  5. Jack McFarland

    May 14, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I had the quotation, “You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.” above my desk throughout my teaching career (1964 – 2002). I found it in the Saturday Review, attributed to Goodman Ace. Maxwell was a teenager in 1964. What’s up with that??

  6. Pete

    Oct 1, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Great quotes! I am going to share this with my team!

  7. Vicky Puckett

    Aug 9, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Love these quotes! Especially like the 7 steps to success. Would you mind if I used them in my blog post? Thanks…

  8. Lisa

    May 24, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for the article, I printed it out. So many great quotes here. I’m reading one of his books right now, really enjoying it.

  9. Sola Idowu

    May 23, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Great quotes! I
    My favourite is “If you don’t change the direction you are going, then you’re likely to end up where you’re heading…” – John Maxwell

  10. Lyn

    May 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Excellent quotes, thank you

  11. Donnie Rena

    Apr 30, 2014 at 3:57 am

    wonderful quotations, i shared some of ’em inside class with presentations….so motivating…

  12. gururaj bhat

    Apr 28, 2014 at 10:44 am

    awesome quotes… good job joel..

  13. Everyday Power

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I love the advice on when to quit! Many times we speak about success, the word quit is taboo. That was a great reminder!

  14. nancy

    Apr 28, 2014 at 8:35 am

    I love all of these..and i can feel more of it cos i am on course..thanks

  15. c.m.nivadha rajan

    Apr 27, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    these quotes are more than wow,few are really heart touching and special for me.thank you Mr.joel brown

  16. James Simwanza

    Apr 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    “A pessimist complains about the wind,the optimist expect it to change.The leader adjusts the sails.”Am loving this one especially.This is what makes successfull people different from the unsuccessful,they take action,to change the outcome from what seem a bad situation.=awesome work JOEL

    • Kosta

      Apr 28, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      I could not agree with you more James! Great set of quotes, and thank you for all your hard work and dedication Joel. Read your site daily….. helps motivate me to go to work everyday.

  17. Jeremy

    Apr 27, 2014 at 8:10 am

    “People may hear your words but they feel your attitude.”
    ==> that ‘feel’ part is so important.

    Love all these quotes. Refreshing to read all of them again.

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