Catalyst Dallas: John Maxwell – Lessons from a lifetime of leading

Be Present




  1. Get a personal definition of success.
    1. Maxwell’s definition for HIS personal success (this doesn’t mean it should be  yours)
      1. Knowing my purpose in life
        1. What are you passionate about? (this is about 75% of the equation to determine your purpose)
        2. What are my gifts, abilities, and strenghts? (this is about 25% of the equation to determine your purpose)
      2. Growing to my maximum potential?
        1. Growth is not an automatic process (death is, everything else is intentional)
        2. Pause allows growth to catch up
      3. Sowing seeds to benefit others
        1. If you help others get where they want, others will help you get where you want.
  2. Intentionally add value to other people everyday
    1. If I am going to do this, then I have to value you.
    2. If I don’t value you, then I will eventually de-value you.
    3. Who today can I add value to, how can I do it?
    4. You can’t add value to those who you don’t value.
  3. In giftedness and abilities work on your strengths, not your weaknesses.  In choice work on your weaknesses.
    1. “God is never going to hold you accountable for a gift you do not have.”
    2. On a scale of 10, in matters of choice you can go from 1 to 10 quickly, in ability you can only go up between 1 and 3 points
  4. Follow the rule of 5.
    1. Get a goal.
    2. Everyday do 5 things that will help you accomplish your goal.
    3. Compounded success
    4. Maxwell on writing books
      1. Everyday I: read, write, file, ask questions, and write
      2. Not all day, just everyday
  5. Trust God everyday with your lunch.
      1. The story of loaves and fish (Matthew 14:13-21)
      2. If you trust Him with your lunch it will only be a matter of time until you trust Him w/your life.