John Maxwell Quote

Time Waits For No One
Time Waits For No One

Quote from John Maxwell, courtesy of Bob Stewart.

“Law of the Niche: People are most valuable where they add the most value.”

Duh, right?  No brainer.  Obvious. Get a clue. You can’t be serious.

In the hectic pace with which we travel through our days (weeks, months), we often miss the most basic of life’s truths.

This happens to me with our son.  I’ll get caught up in my work, and the next thing you know, the week has flown by and our son has done amazing things, but guess who hasn’t noticed?  Guess who wasn’t there to add a little coaching, a little fun, a little encouragement?

Guess what else?

Life is like this.  Always was, is now, and always will be. Whatever your level in your organization, you must find your own ways to stay engaged, to stay passionate.

I see so many people who are stuck.  Many of them leaders, responsible for inspiring and developing others, the way a parent does with children.

They get stuck managing their to-do list instead of inspiring and developing their people.  Just like a Parent.  Just like me.

But the days (weeks, months) fly by.

Our son can not wait for me to find the time.  His life marches on at an incredible pace. He will not slow down for me. I must find the way(s) to keep up with him.

Same is true as a leader, and as an employee who follows orders. Same as you. You must figure this out yourself and not wait.

Because if you don’t, what are you stuck with?

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    Your comments remind me of something my pastor said the other day. He goes (paraphrased), “In you busy, hurried life, you get so busy trying to climb the ladder of success, only to find that at the top of it, you realize it has been leaning against the wrong building all along.” That’s what happens so often with people – me included. We get so caught up in doing the “things” on the to-do list that we forget where we started or where it is leading us.

    It is frustrating for me, career-wise. Each career move I have taken within my company over he past few years has taken me up the ladder, but now, noticeably, further from my passion. And yes, sometimes it has taken me further away from time with my family…something I also don’t like.

    This one hit me hard.


  2. Bob, hope it was a “good” hard and not some other type.

    We all travel through life with the same bank account “currency” – time.

    Past mistakes become worse when we don’t open them up as gifts and reflect on the reason they happened and the opportunity they represent.

    To me, failure is never opening the gift. The gift-giver is actual ourselves. If we cannot thank ourselves for our mistakes – our opportunities – we lose.

    Stay strong, dig deep, find quiet, and open your gift. Then send yourself a thank you note. 🙂

  3. Thanks Jeff. I needed this. I have a “coaching opportunity” coming up with one of my employees. You’ve reminded me of the importance of not lowering the boom, but growing our people. Thanks again.

  4. You’re welcome. That’s why I blog – to leave a trail for our son (9) ad hopefully help anyone who needs it.
    Glad it was the right message at the right time.
    PS. There’s a third important reason I blog – to become better at practicing what I preach – to stay focused and motivated too.

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