I still struggle with this and I know that a lot of people struggle with it:
Everything around us has connected us in such a fast way. Technology and our interconnectedness have allowed us to believe that we do not have to go through the process. We can just go from point A to point B overnight. And there is a constant battle within people of how they are going to get to where they want to go. How they are going to get to their idea of success.
Although life has gotten faster and we are more connected than ever, success requires a lot of patience still. It’s connected to what we have talked about before in thinking from the end. When you think from the end, you know that it will not happen overnight. You will practice patience when you think from the end of your success because you are more aware of what it will take to get there and how much patience you need.
Yes there will be an urge to do something really fast. But so many times the answer is to keep working and keep putting in the hustle. You have to earn your success.
Any time you are trying to do something for your community, to create change, to build a business, you have to work hard at it. Patience is a sign of wisdom. People who can control their emotions and slow down always seem bigger than most people. They always seem like they have a larger than life personality. It is because they have taught themselves the discipline of slowing down and making the right decisions at the right time.
When you do the work, you learn. The more time I take to do things the right way, the better off I am a year or 5 years from now. My future is better when I work patiently and take more time on my work.
Someone telling you to be patient does not mean don’t follow your dreams or don’t take a risk. They are saying do not do something just to do something. Don’t rush to your success. Don’t do it our of an emotion pushing you to make it happen now.
If what you want is that important to you, you should have the discipline to wait for the success to come, work humbly, and embrace the actual process.
Most successful people put in hours and hours before reaching their success. During the actual journey of working is when you mold your character and prepare yourself for the larger battles down the road.
Patience is a virtue. Your patience will allow you to achieve things that most people will not. It will give you wisdom and a sense of purpose. Be patient, stay patient, and do it the right way. Always.
Keep hustling hard and keep fighting forward.
- David L. Joyner and the Joyner Media & Strategies Team