Patience leads to success
It’s no secret that we live in an immediate society. From fast food to overnight delivery, you can pretty much get whatever you want in just a few minutes.
Instant gratification seems to be the norm, instead of waiting for good things to happen through perseverance, time, and hard work.
“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” –Joyce Meyer
1. Patience and the big picture
Patience lets you see the big picture and think about the possibilities of different scenarios. This lets you be take the time to problem solve to make the best decision. You find the best way to get around obstacles instead of forging ahead to make more mistakes or just giving up.
2. Patience and dilemmas
Patience allows you to process your situation. It’s not just about getting around the obstacle, but figuring out how you got into the dilemma so that it doesn’t happen again. I used to work with someone who constantly put off projects until the last minute. Even though it seemed to frustrate her, she never took the steps to make changes. She complained about her actions, but never took the time to understand why she was always running late.
3. Patience and magnetism
Empathy and patience draws the right people to you. Personally, I would prefer to deal with someone who won’t lose their head when things go wrong. A patience person typically has compassion when someone makes a mistake and will take the time to fully understand what happened before making a decision.
4. Patience and the long haul
Success doesn’t happen overnight. Patience helps you go through the process of development and growth in your business.
Patience is not passive behavior
Patience in business is much like gardening. You plant a tomato seed. It takes weeks before you are going to see any fruit, but you don’t just let that tomato seed sit in the ground. You water it. The weeds have to be kept away from the small sprout. As the plant grows, you provide a cage to give it support. You may have to deal with insects.
The whole time, you maintain your focus
It does no good to get angry at the plant or tell it to hurry. You may even have other plants in your garden that you tend to, but you never lose sight of the tomatoes. Finally, after weeks of hard work, you reap the fruit of your labor. Whether you eat the tomato in the garden or save it for your lunch the next day, it’s going to taste better than anything you’ve ever bought in the store. Being successful in business takes that same dedication and patience.