Thanks to University of Kentucky girl’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell for bringing Dr. John Maxwell to our church last night. Coach Mitchell is starting a foundation to give back to the community of Lexington and this was one of the first events.
I’ve heard John Maxwell several times and read many of his books, but I actually think he’s getting better with age. What a blessing to hear him.
Maxwell shared 3 ways to guarantee success.
(These are my notes – basically nuggets from his talk – capturing them as close as I could to what he said.)
1. Knowing my purpose in life.
There 2 great days in a person’s life.
*The day you discover why you were born.
Most people know when but they don’t know why. If you discover your why you’ll discover your way.
There are two paths to discovery.
First path is 75% effective.
Discover your passion. That normally leads to purpose.
Passion is the fuel that will take you where you want to go.
Second path is 100% effective.
Passion plus giftedness. Or strength.
Combine your passion with what you do well.
2. Growing to my maximum potential.
Growth is not automatic. You have to be intentional.
Most people accept their life. Few lead their life.
There’s no coasting on the road to success. You’ve got to have a plan for growth.
A growth environment is one where others are ahead of me. If you’re at the head of the class — you’re in the wrong class.
(He shared a lot here on what a growth environment is like. I wish I could have captured more of it, but sometimes he was giving a list before I knew there was another list. But, I’m sure it’s either in one of his 76 books or there’s another book on the way.)
Nothing is more sad that waking up one day and there be no more mountains to climb.
3. Sowing seeds that benefit others.
Highly successful people know there’s a line they cross from success to significance.
You cross that line when you understand that the seeds you sow in others are more important than the harvest you reap.
Thank you Dr. Maxwell. I for one want to be successful.