Save the Gold Nuggets

Rob Lavinsky,

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. —John Maxwell


An excerpt From The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell.

Maxwell gives leadership advice to a stand out 19-year-old in the audience at one of his seminars.

I’ve been watching you here, and I’m very impressed with how hungry you are to learn and glean and grow.  I want to tell you a secret that will change your life. I believe that in about twenty years, you can be a great leader.  I want to encourage you to make yourself a lifelong learner of leadership.  Read books, listen to tapes regularly, and keep attending seminars.  And whenever you come across a golden nugget of truth or a significant quote, file it away for the future.  It’s not going to be easy, but in five years, you’ll see progress as your influence becomes greater.  In ten years you’ll develop a competence that makes your leadership highly effective.  And in twenty years, if you’ve continued to learn and grow, others will likely start asking you to teach them about leadership.  And some will be amazed.  They’ll look at each other and say, “How did he suddenly become so wise?”  You can be a great leader, but it won’t happen in a day.  Start paying the price now.