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“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." -William Arthur Ward


Hi, I'm John Maxwell. I'm going to share with you a statement of strength on Minute with Maxwell today. It comes from William Arthur Ward. Here's what he said: ‘The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. And the realist adjusts the sails.’ You see, only the realist really takes action and does something about the wind. The pessimist complains, the optimist kind of expects it to change. But what's the realist do? Says, ‘Well, this is what we have. These are the winds. Now let's adjust the sails to take advantage of the winds.’ You see, a realist takes action regardless of how the winds are blowing.

My father used to say to me, oh, my gosh, as I was growing up, hundreds of times, ‘John, just don't stand there. Do something!’ You've heard that. What's dad saying? Dad is saying, ‘Adjust to the winds.’ Here's what my dad knew. This is what William Arthur Ward knew. Realists take action. And action creates traction. So go for it. I don't know which way the wind is blowing in your life today, adjust your sails.

Thanks for being with me today on Minute with Maxwell.

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