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“Forget the past.”

A thought by John C. Maxwell (2016-02-02) from his book, 3 Things Successful People Do: The Road Map That Will Change Your Life(p. 15). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
John quotes Jack Hayford who is the founding pastor of Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California, who said, “The past is a dead issue, and we can’t gain any momentum moving toward tomorrow if we are dragging the past behind us.” But that is what so many people do.
John said, “Maybe you’ve made a lot of mistakes in your life, or you’ve had an especially difficult past with many obstacles. Work your way through it and move on. Don’t let it prevent you from reaching your potential.”
He then says, “If you need inspiration, think of other people who overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles, such as Booker T. Washington. He was born into slavery and was denied access to the resources available to white society, but he never let that prevent him from pursuing…

“Nothing can take the place of knowing your purpose.”

A thought by John C. Maxwell (2016-02-02) from his book, 3 Things Successful People Do: The Road Map That Will Change Your Life(Kindle Location 203). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Why do you get up every morning?Is it because you were kicked out of bed and were told, let’s go?If you read the book of Proverbs in the Bible, it says a lot about being lazy.Basically it is not a good thing.But getting up because you have a reason, a purpose is a very good thing.So why do you get up every morning?
John says, “Millionaire industrialist Henry J. Kaiser, the founder of Kaiser Aluminum as well as the Kaiser-Permanente health-care system, said, ‘The evidence is overwhelming that you cannot begin to achieve your best unless you set some aim in life.’ Or put another way, if you don’t try actively to discover your purpose, you’re likely to spend your life doing the wrong things.”
John then says, “I believe that God created every pe…

“If you work only for yourself, you may not need too many relational skills.”

A thought by John C. Maxwell (2013-02-15) from his book, Be A People Person: Effective Leadership Through Effective(p. 184). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
But John gives a however.He says, “However, if you work with people, you must have (or seek to develop) the ability to interact positively with them. Can you talk to people easily? Do you listen to them? Do you have a sense of humor and the ability to laugh at yourself without being sensitive and defensive? Do you enjoy people and working with them? Are you warm and approachable?”
He quotes, Kurt Einstein of Success magazine who says: “87 percent of all people fail, not because of capability but because of personality.” John then says, “People usually don’t fail because they can’t do the job, but because they can’t get along with their coworkers.”
Now of course leaders must get along with people.John shares, “The leader of any group must exemplify certain relational…