For many entrepreneurs, success can be reached despite countless obstacles. How many times do you get knocked down and you get back up? And keep going. There will be many reasons along the way to quit, good or bad. But you refuse to give up because you started your entrepreneurial journey with that “fire in the belly” called Passion. And the Perseverance instilled deep in your DNA. You have kept things going.
What if passion and perseverance are not enough? It may be that what you need is the third leg, Patience.
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times. “Patience is a virtue.” Yes, it is. But, most of the time, it doesn’t feel that way.
We live in a society of instant gratification. In such a world, there’s no “place” for patience. This, then, creates twin realities. Two worlds, living parallel to one another. The vast majority of people live firmly in the realm of instant gratification, but a few have come to understand the power and rewards that come from learning the fine art of patience. These goals are attainable, but they, of course, aren’t realized instantaneously.
Think carefully about something you’ve been passionately interested in. Playing an instrument. Woodworking. Programing computers. It was that spark, the catalyst, that began your process. Your passion.
Passion fuels your fire. It builds your inner strength and gives you the “umph” and energy to persevere and continue your action with unwavering focus in spite of difficulties.
But, passion can take you only so far. Once passion fades, many people simply give up, content with what they have achieved. For others, though, the more they learn about what passion has led them to, the more they come to love it. That love and respect is quite different from passion. It is a love, quiet and sublime, stemming from an understanding that the more you learn, the more you have yet to learn. The more you understand, the more you realize there will always be new mysteries to discover about your interest.
This understanding is what drives true masters of their craft. Starting with passion, great loves endure because of the quieter love and respect that grows from that initial spark of passion.
Learning is cumulative in nature. Lessons build, one upon another. As understanding increases, the complexity of the projects you can undertake also increases. A first time woodworker might struggle to make a pen from a kit. A master turns a few scraps into a beautiful, functional piece of furniture.
The fine art of patience brings countless benefits. Simply stated, successful people, regardless of their fields, have learned the value and importance of patience.
You can settle in and accept the common world view: “I want it and I want it now.” Many among the masses adopt this mantra. The alternative is to set free your artistic, creative, entrepreneurial spirit. Tap into your latent artistic sensitivity and exercise some patience.
The world, by its very nature, is resistant to change, and when it happens at all, it tends to happen slowly. Small moves, made over the course of time, leading to a moment of fundamental transformation.
There are those who will insist that change is the key to open their next door. Some people will tell you that this is incorrect. That in today’s fast-paced world, change happens overnight. They’ll tell you this because they’re used to living in the world of instant gratification and don’t truly understand what they’re seeing. Sure, the moment of transformation happens quickly, but take examples drawn from history.
Computers came quickly and transformed the world overnight. Or robotics. Or any of a thousand of other technological advances. Right? Wrong. That’s a fiction!
According to an article in PC World written by Jason Kennedy, the ancient Greeks wrote about “Brass Men” which were early precursors of robots, envisioned literally thousands of years ago. The Greeks had computers too, a device called the Antikythera Mechanism. Primitive by today’s standards, but their very existence dispels the myth of “fast change.” Andrew Carol, Apple’s software engineer, re-created the original 2000-year-old Greek device using only Legos!
You need to look no further than these examples to begin to understand the importance and true meaning of patience. Patience is the means by which you can change your world. The more patience you have and apply, the greater the change you can effect. Think of the ripples caused by a tiny drop of water from a leaf into the water.
Questions: Do you want to live in the world as it is, or do you want to play a part in its shaping? Is your goal immediate gratification or fundamental transformation?
Your answer will affect your entire approach to life and living. Change begins with how you answer these simple questions.
“Patience is Power: with time and patience the mulberry leaf become silk.” – Chinese Proverb