One of John C. Maxwell’s newer books is titled, Intentional Living – Choosing a Life That Matters. In the first few pages, I found some short gems that reached out and grabbed my attention. The quote above is one of those.
As I looked at it, the amazing truth of that statement made me laugh. Of course, when you try and fail, you cannot fail to learn, so it is not really a failure then, is it? It is a learning experience. Parlay that into thought and activity renewed and adjusted, and you cannot help but eventually succeed, whatever idea you have of success. However, making excuses for why you can’t get going or keep going is a failure.
John C. Maxwell is an amazing person. He has written over 60 books and sold over $25 million worth, which for a non-fiction writer is way up there is the stratosphere. He has a way of writing that brings the subject to life, and he is considered the Leadership Expert. He has certainly taught me a lot about leadership. In addition, he travels and does seminars, interviews and much more. He’s a very busy, in-demand guy, who is a prolific writer and lifelong teacher. And, I’m proud to be a John C Maxwell Team Executive Director and to teach John’s great ideas.
He said, “People ask me all the time for advice about how to write a book. I tell them to start writing.”
Therein lies the success potential, or you could even call it the key to success. We have to get started. We must bust a move. “I’m gonna” is a statement of failure. “I wanna” is a dreamy statement. Nothing really happens until we make a move. We can think it to death or we can start without everything we think we need.
We don’t need much to get started, but I do think that the key to success is actually getting started.
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