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 leaders ENGINEER optimum process, leadership and human performance to streamline SUCCESS in life and enterprise. He is a Human and Business Performance Specialist and a globally certified Coach, Trainer and Speaker with Maxwell Leadership, one of the world’s premier institutes for leadership development founded by the highly acclaimed leadership expert, Dr. John C. Maxwell. Gregory was trained in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and has studied leadership and business under a range of other global thought leaders including Sir Richard Branson and Dr. Robert Cialdini. As the Founder of Life Engineer Inc. and The Pilly Pelican Company, he has leveraged his range of experience to develop solutions that help individuals and organisations systematically achieve desired results.