Are You A River or A Reservoir? Be Limitless In Your Capacity

 I’ve learnt many lessons from one of my mentors, John C. Maxwell, since completing his certification program in 2013. Here’s one of them – “Rivers and Reservoirs”.

When I’m working in Operations Engineering, especially with process improvement in the manufacturing sector, heavy emphasis is often placed on optimising capacity and throughput or flow.

I think something similar can be considered with people.

When it comes to personal capacity, including wealth, many people use the approach of storing while sharing the absolute minimum.

This is often based on a fear that someone else will steal an idea, secure the desired promotion or client or cause lost opportunity in some way.

Although it’s important to be strategic in what you communicate and when, things usually work out best for the people who are open to sharing their knowledge, experience and dollars.

It adds to the legacy of your leadership and impact, and generally, helping others to succeed is one of the most fulfilling feelings to be experienced.
Don’t be a reservoir, be a river. Also, remember that you can’t give what you don’t have – and that applies to teaching as well!

If all that is positive flows through you, there’s no limit to your overall capacity.


Gregory Skeete

Gregory Skeete helps S.T.E.M. professionals, executives and business owners to LEAD high performance and ENGINEER success in life and work.He is an international High-Performance Leadership Coach, Trainer and Speaker, certified with Maxwell Leadership, one of the world’s premier institutes for leadership development founded by the highly acclaimed global leadership expert, Dr. John C. Maxwell.Gregory holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, backed by Industrial Engineering and Process Improvement experience in the manufacturing sector. He has also studied business leadership under a range of other global thought leaders including Dr. Robert Cialdini and Sir Richard Branson, who Gregory during the inaugural YLAI Fellowship Program initiated under former US President Barack Obama.As the Founder of Life Engineer Inc., he has leveraged his range of experience to develop solutions that help individuals and organisations systematically achieve desired results to drive positive change.