The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.
Arnold H. Glasow
Often in my blogs, I am inviting you to take action or not to wait until something is perfect before you attempt something. Today, I am going to contradict myself and tell you to have patience.
Actually, it isn't a contradiction, just an awareness that even in this age of instant gratification, some things still take time, like hatching a chicken, creating an orchard, breeding a new species of rose or producing a fine single malt whiskey.
Sometimes we can see how long something is going to take us, for example, if you are learning new sets of skills. Without patience, you might say, “but it is going to take me 3 years to learn how to do x or get my degree”, so you don’t start. But in 3 years time, you may look back and think, "damn, if I had started learning that 3 years ago, I would have finished now”.
I will put my hand up now and say that I am the sort of person who would say "give me patience and give it to me now". I gave up guitar lessons when I was a teenager because after a few months I wasn't as good as Eric Clapton. But now I have found something I really love doing, tango, I go to classes every week, eager to put in the time and effort to be the best tanguera I can be. And when I had my goal of moving back to London within a year, I found I had great reserves of patience which helped to keep me on track through the ups and downs of trying to find a new job.
Relationships, which are at the core of all our lives professional and otherwise, also take patience. There are many people I have met with whom I have felt I would like to work, but it has never been the right time. But in recent months, I have started new projects with people I have known for 2 or 3 years, projects which would have been completely impossible at an earlier time. This is because we have had to build up our knowledge of and respect for each other, and wait until exactly the right opportunity has presented itself.
The trick is to trust your instincts and learn to distinguish between when you are prevaricating or when you are fermenting a fine wine.
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