Patience: Is it a feature or a bug?

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It took me a long time to fully understand the value of patience. As a kid, I was restless. I wanted everything NOW. I remember counting down the number of days before school closed for summer holidays. I also recall wishing every day that I grew up faster so I’ll be an adult and hustle my way to world-famous astounding success.

Well. That didn’t work out quite as expected. I grew up at the same pace as any other kid in class and no I’m not an astounding success yet.

If anything I have come to appreciate the virtue called “patience” so much more now. That should probably qualify as astounding success if you ask me ;)

Patience is a key ingredient of human experience. Studies show delayed gratification as one of the top qualities that makes people successful in their careers. Check out this Harvard Business Review article where the author argues “Taking Longer to Reach the Top Has Its Benefits”.

Yet choosing the patient path is often misinterpreted by our mind and the society as “choosing the dumber route.” Smart doesn’t always mean going fast. Especially when you can’t fully control all the variables in the game.