Success is something we all crave in endless quantities. As a society we have been trained to look for a reward in everything we do. If we work hard, we want a bonus. If we spend more time with our kids, we wish to be revered as great parents. If we practice our Spanish, we can go live in a coastal town in Spain. If we go to the gym, we will look and feel fabulous.
Put simply, success is merely the result of something we work towards — an accomplishment or achievement we strongly desire. But the path to success is often lined with trials and tribulations far from the linear path we would hope for. We often view ourselves or our endeavours as failures. Usually because we give up or don’t stick through.
So then how can we find the resilience and stamina we need to achieve our wildest dreams? To actually get what we want?
The simple answer: we need to learn to be more patient.
Patience is a personality trait as well as a learned skill defined by Google as, “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.”
Patience is a virtue, though often times we believe it to be a genetic disposition and that some of us are simply more patient than others, but the reality is that we all can learn to be more patient by adjusting the expectations we have of our daily lives. Unfortunately, society hasn’t exactly helped us hone on our skills to delay gratification. From the rise of on demand services, where everything is at your door tomorrow and exactly how you want it, to cushy corporate jobs that offer lucrative benefits and compensation to new grads with no experience.
However, some of the most successful entrepreneurs and personalities of our time will often tell you of their crazy stories in their relentless pursuit to succeed. Whether that be landing a role in Hollywood to creating an empire worth billions — there is no clear path to achieve these milestones. As such, by being patient you can readjust your mindset to work towards being more present and thoughtful.