Leading Edge: Lead a Life of Significance

Leading Edge: Lead a Life of Significance

January 15, 2017 at 4:30pm – I joined the John Maxwell Team- a decision that forever has changed the trajectory of the flight path I was on to where I am going today.

Fast forward to November 2018- I have changed jobs, attended 2 Live events, joined Mentorship, listened to hundreds of Minutes with Maxwell, and tuned in to countless hours of Power Hours with Mark Cole and other mentors. However, hearing John Maxwell live on stage throughout the August 2018 event impacted me in a way that has left me almost speechless… Until now.

Lead a life of significance. This was the basis of one of John Maxwell’s special teachings on day 2, or at least that was the take away for me. Why was this so impactful that 3 months later I am finally able to write about it? Let me explain.

I have been a nurse for almost 14 years, ICU, Oncology, Education, Medicine, Transplantation, Ophthalmology, Cardiology… you name it. That alone is, yes, significant. I love being a nurse. I am also a mother of 2 beautiful kids, married, and have a beautiful 11 year old black lab. Significant? Yes. However, it hit me while John was speaking, that there is a distinct difference between success, and success through leading a life of significance.

I have worked with patients and families through crises, miracles, and have encouraged my fellow healthcare colleagues during difficult cases, but what does it all mean if I haven’t fulfilled my purpose, my calling and to truly live a life of significance?

It was as if I woke up from a slumber when John said those words. Lead a life of significance. Success will come. I am still working as a nurse, dream of travelling the world with the message of hope, purpose, and to build others, but today and everyday that I walk down the halls of the hospital I work in, I will lead a life of significance. Every day, I want to model for my kids what life should be about, and not what the world expects from you in terms of success.

12 letters. Significance. It’s filled with positive influence, consistency of character, integrity, authenticity, and genuine truth- or so I am choosing to live it that way.

To me- that’s the missing puzzle piece. The world judges our success on money, material possessions, elite universities, titles, and letters behind our name. All these things can be good, please don’t misunderstand, I have a bachelor’s degree, and went to a great university, but that is only a PART of my story, of who I am, and only a PIECE of my purpose.

See, at the end of my life, whenever that may be, my legacy, my success story will be not just of the academia or money, but that I made a difference in someone else’s life.

I am on a new flight path now- or maybe I just took it off autopilot- either way, I see the world through a different pair of lenses. My goal everyday is to speak truth, have consistency of my character, to help others see that nothing is worth losing your integrity over, and that serving others is the key to a joyful soul. I am not perfect, nor will I ever be, and not everyone sees what I am seeing- I mean it took me almost 20 years to truly understand it myself.

The desire of my heart is to lead a life of significance and be in pursuit of what I was called to do while I am here on this wonderfully made planet.


I was in the room that day, hearing John Maxwell and the rest of the Faculty change lives- mine included. These words have profoundly changed my life and I am forever grateful.


Kelly Hallock, is an Independent Certified Speaker, Trainer and Coach with the John Maxwell Team.

Kelly lives in Manitoba, Canada, is a nurse, a wife, and a mother of 2 kids. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Alberta. Kelly has worked in the healthcare setting for over a decade as a Registered Nurse in various specialties including Critical Care in the Intensive Care Unit, Oncology, Transplant, Medicine, Cardiology, and clinical education.

It has been through her nursing career, caring for patients, family, and educating members of the healthcare team that has fueled her passion for building individuals, teams, and organizations.