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“If you want to reach your potential, you have to show initiative.”

A thought by John C. Maxwell from his book, Beyond Talent(p. 50). HarperCollins Leadership. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
So many great ideas never happen because the person who had the idea never started to implement it.
John says, “A tourist paused for a rest in a small town in the mountains. He sat down on a bench next to an old man in front of the town’s only store. ‘Hi, friend,’ he said, ‘can you tell me something this town is noted for?’
“‘Well,’ answered the old man after a moment’s hesitation, ‘you can start here and get to anywhere in the world you want.’
“That’s true of nearly every location. Where you finish in life isn’t determined so much by where you start as by whether you start. If you’re willing to get started and keep initiating, there’s no telling how far you might go.”
He later says, “Benjamin Franklin, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, advised, ‘To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusion…
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“Instead of sharing my passion, I started helping others discover their passion.”

A thought by John C. Maxwell from his book, Beyond Talent(p. 37). HarperCollins Leadership. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Do you want to reach your potential?Do you want to be really alive?
John says, “To do that, I ask these questions: What do you sing about? What do you cry about? What do you dream about?
“The first two questions speak to what touches you at a deep level today. The third answers what will bring you fulfillment tomorrow. The answers to these questions can often help people discover their true passion.”
He goes on, “While everybody can possess passion, not everyone takes the time to discover it. And that’s a shame. Passion is fuel for the will. Passion turns your have-to’s into want-to’s. What we accomplish in life is based less on what we want and more on how much we want it. The secret to willpower is what someone once called wantpower. People who want something enough usually find the willpower to achieve it.
“You ca…

“Passion can energize every aspect of a person’s life—including his talent.”

A thought by John C. Maxwell from his book, Beyond Talent(p. 35). HarperCollins Leadership. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Do you really, really care about something?Do You?
John says, “Have you ever known a person with great passion who lacked the energy to act on what mattered to her? I doubt it. A passionate person with limited talent will outperform a passive person who possesses greater talent. Why? Because passionate people act with boundless enthusiasm, and they just keep on going! Talent plus passion energizes.”
He goes on, “Loving what you do is the key that opens the door for achievement. When you don’t like what you’re doing, it really shows—no matter how hard you try to pretend it doesn’t. You can become like the little boy named Eddie whose grandmother was an opera lover. She had season tickets, and when Eddie turned eight, she decided to take him to a performance of Wagner—in German—as his birthday present. The next day, at h…