When will you know the impact you have had on someone?

It might be a long time according to Amos Alonzo Stagg, the legendary football coach.

Amos Alonzo Stagg Quote - How Good of a Job I Did
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I read that recently in the book Coach John Wooden: 100 Years of Greatness as I was sitting at our financial advisor’s office and it hit me like a ton of bricks.

In today’s world of instant gratification and feedback, you might have to wait twenty or thirty years to know the impact you had on someone’s life. So live every moment with the intention of having lasting effect on those you lead or follow or simply interact with.

Then, like Coach Stagg and Coach Wooden both had the privilege of doing, you will one day be able to look back and say, “I did a good job back then and this person turned out well because of it.”

How can you shape someone’s future today?

5 thoughts on “It Might Take Twenty Years

  1. Let's Grow Leaders says:

    Build results that last beyond your tenure. Let it be so.

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      I love hearing about successes at places I have left.

      My former boss said when I told him I was leaving, “The thing I hate the most is that you won’t get to see all of your work come to fruition.”

      But I did get to hear about it and what was worth it!

  2. Lily Kreitinger says:

    That’s the beauty of teaching and being a parent. You get to see small changes in the short term that keep you focused. It’s cool to see someone ten years after and have them say you made their life better.

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      True. I teach Aracelli something one day, come home the next and she has perfected it. Blows me away 🙂

  3. Jon Stolpe says:

    It definitely starts at home, but it also extends to my roll at work as a leader and manager and to my roll at church as a youth leader and small group leader.

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