Despite having none of it in my DNA, I’m 100% aware of how vital patience is. I need to eat patience. I need to live and breathe it. I need to change my whole attitude if I want to thrive in business and life.

The more I execute and the more I learn about those who have gone before me, the more I know there is no such thing as an overnight success. NOTHING happens overnight…

“It takes 20 years to make an overnight success” Eddie Cantor

Arianna Huffington got rejected by 36 publishers before starting Huffington Post.

Bill Gates saw his first company crumble.

Walt Disney was told he lacked creativity.

Harry Potter was rejected by 9 publishers before being accepted on JK Rowling’s journey from welfare to Billionaire.

Star Wars was rejected by multiple studios

Marilyn Monroe was told to become a secretary when she was rejected as a model before she became a phenomenon.

It’s also never too late…

Ray Kroc was over 50 years old when he bought the first McDonald’s and turned it into a worldwide conglomerate.

Sam Walton was 44 years old when he started Walmart.

Colonel Sanders didn’t start the KFC franchise until he was 65 years old, when most people are retiring!

Coco Chanel was still ruling the fashion empire at 85.

History is littered with such stories. Most people who achieve noteworthy success get over massive setbacks along the way. They worked at their craft for decades before they became successful.

All the examples above have the same traits in common — belief, patience and dogged persistence. This is the blueprint of success to execute against.

No matter who you are, where you are, and even if you have no idea what you want to do — you have time. Be patient and if you want a level of success, work for it and give yourself the permission to get there at your own pace.

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The value of patience is portrayed everywhere. Without it you will wither and die before you have even started. So I practice this art, and to me it is an art, every day. It is a learned behaviour.

I think most things in life are. I genuinely believe anyone can do anything if they really want it and are willing to put in their 10 – 20 years of graft.

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But how? How do you keep going for so long believing that at any moment something life changing is about to happen?

How can anyone walk into the wilderness, killing themselves for something that they cannot see or touch?

Faith.

Around the next corner could be everything you have been working so hard to achieve. And if it isn’t, maybe it will be the one after that. Or the one after that. And if it’s not, it will be around some corner, some day.

Faith and belief mixed with perspective = patience.

When you walk around that one corner, some years down the line, it’ll all be worth it.

You’ll be able to look back and think, shit! I’ve got a great story to tell.

This is how I think about my life. I want it to mean something and I want to leave some sort of legacy. Maybe the world will be better off because I was born and decided to try and contribute to history. Maybe this legacy won’t stretch beyond my family – but that’s definitely a good enough reason to never stop doing.

These are the biggest problems I face, week in, week out…

  • Comparing myself to the success of others
  • Feeling like a fraud if I have a day off
  • Worrying about the future
  • Not having a clear path – not knowing if what I’m doing today has any long term value

These are just a few things, and all roads lead back to patience – or my lack of it.

All four things listed above manifest from impatience. Thankfully I’m aware of this, so all I need to do to overcome these fears is deploy patience.

Easier said than done right?

But…

When I’m patient… I’m happy about the success of others. I know the pie is big enough to be shared out. I have faith that my time will come. Why do I need to be there right now in any case? My life is good!

When I’m patient… I understand that a day off is a good thing. It will help me re-energise and get my head straight. Plus does a day off here and there really have an impact over those 10 – 20 years? Is there any value in me being burnt out and miserable? No.

When I’m patient… I don’t worry about the future. I mean why would I? I’m in no rush to change anything and every day I’m making progress in one way or another.

When I’m patient… I don’t care about the path. I have faith that everything will work itself out. The work I put in and the actions I take will determine where I end up. And I know I’m doing those things right. Plus, every stepping stone carries a valuable lesson whether it’s a step forward or a step back, there is always a takeaway.

If I’m always improving I know there are many paths that can take me to Rome.

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I can forgive myself a day off, a negative thought, a bad decision. Anything actually. Because whatever I do, I know why I’m doing it. I know that there is no rush and I have faith that everything will fall into place.

I will get what I deserve. In one year or ten, it doesn’t matter when.

-Matthew Brown

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