I’m currently in Atlanta, GA live blogging the Catalyst Conference. During this time, I’ll be dropping the leadership wisdom shared by the amazing speaker lineup.
John C. Maxwell is an internationally respected leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold more than 18 million books. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 126 countries worldwide. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek best-selling author, Maxwell has written three books that have sold more than a million copies. He recently released the book Intentional Living.
Ministry Isn’t In The Church
John Maxwell pastored in the church for 25 years and then left his pastoral position to begin working in the business world.
Those in the church began wondering why he would leave the ministry. His answer:
I didn’t leave the ministry. I am IN the ministry.
The church has gotten this wrong a lot of times. They believe ministry only happens in the church. It doesn’t.
Ministry happens in the world. Sharing the message and knowledge that Christ provides.
One Thing John Maxwell Wants To Share With Us
For you to live a significant life, you would have to become intentional. Intentional living is the greatest way to began making a difference and making an impact in people’s lives.
Intention changes us. It provides a clear direction for us. It tells us what our purpose is. It tells us where to go.
The Best Advice John Maxwell Ever Received
Son, I want you to do 3 things:
Intentionally value people
Believe in people
Unconditionally love people
Why is this the case? Because people are rarely valued. People rarely have people who believe in them. And people don’t feel the unconditional love that they crave.
We All Have This
One day, John received a book. It was a very special book.
As he cracked the book open, he noticed something very odd. All the pages were blank. Except the first page where his friend had written a message that impacted him for the rest of his life.
John, you can either read your story or write your story. You have a story to write. Write it. (paraphrased)
Just like John Maxwell, you have a choice. Are you willing to write the story or are you content with reading your story?
I know the answer I want. I want to be like John. I want to live my story.
Pick up the pen. Put it to paper. Write your story.
Five Things You Can Do Every Day To Live A Life Of Significance
- Value people
- Think of ways to add value to people
- Look for ways to add value to people
- Do things that add value to people
- Encourage others to add value to people