Punctuality and Success


There is a worrying trend developing amongst young people today. I’ve seen it develop and increase over the years and I need to say something about it. There is a growing nonchalant attitude towards punctuality. I take this matter so seriously that I have actually fired employees on the spot for being late for meetings. Punctuality is the foundation upon which success is built. Successful people measure time in seconds and minutes. Losers measure time in hours, days, weeks and months. Punctuality is important to me because time is important to me. If you are 15 minutes late for an appointment you have effectively stolen 15 minutes from me. You have robbed me of the most valuable commodity in the universe. I would prefer it if you stole money from me, but not time. Time I can never get back.

Being late is being tardy. It reflects a number of things about you. It shows that you do not value time. Therefore you do not value success. You are not driven to be successful.

It shows that you have no respect. You do not see anything wrong with stealing time from another person. You can only steal from someone that you don’t respect. Respect is one of the most important cornerstones of success. If there is no respect then how can there be progress? How can there be synergy? How can there be mutual goals?

It shows that you do not respect yourself. If you respected yourself then you would take pride in your punctuality. You would take pride in being 5 minutes early at every appointment or meeting. You would take pride in the seriousness with which you view your own ambition.

Why is this so important? Because successful people only associate with successful people. If you have no ambition and you have no respect and you have no pride then you will never be allowed into the company of success. Successful people avoid tardiness like the plague. Successful people are never late.

Change your ways or be doomed to mediocrity forever. Success is something you DO, not something you GET.

Marthinus Strydom


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