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“A person with a clear purpose will make progress on even the roughest road. A person with no purpose will make no progress on even the smoothest road.” -Thomas Carlyle


Hi, John Maxwell here. I have a statement of strength for you today on Minute with Maxwell. It's from Thomas Carlyle. Here's what he said, ‘A person with a clear purpose will make progress on even the roughest road.’ But, he said, ‘A person with no purpose will make no progress on even the smoothest road.’ Wow! That's a powerful analogy. Basically, Thomas Carlyle said it's not if your road is smooth or if your road is rough that you make progress; it's the purpose that you have that keeps you going. How true it is.

It's not how can I make my journey easier, it's how can I have more purpose in my journey? Because when I have purpose in my journey, I climb those hills. So, here's the question as we're in the middle of adversity: What should be our purpose in adversity? Three things: [Number one:] we should learn from it. Every day, we should look around and ask ourselves what is this difficult time teaching me? [Number two:] We should grow in it. We should ask ourselves every day: is this developing willpower and self-discipline and inner character in my life? And, number three, we should be salt and light. We should make things better and we should make things brighter. If you can do those three things, trust me, even on the rocky, rough road of crisis, you'll make progress.

Thanks for joining me today; I'm John Maxwell.

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