Patience – The Singular Advantage

How do you become an overnight success? For most people—they have to live in the trenches—hustle and grind for ten to twenty years or longer. Very few people become successful only after a few years.  

So, what do we do in the mean time as we trudge along the path of greatness? We deploy patience. The other option is to quit. But for many of us, quitting is not an option. So, we are back to patience. 

Many people want success to define every aspect of their lives, but they want success to show up at their beck and call—and often without sacrificing or deploying any value to attract the very success they desire. 

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. Leo Tolstoy

Here is a story about scientist and inventor Thomas Edison that supposedly took place in his lab.

In 1914, a fire broke out in Thomas Edison’s laboratory. Machinery worth millions and all the papers pertaining to his lifelong research were burnt to ashes. Hearing of this tragedy, his son Charles came looking for him and he found him standing by the side enjoying the leaping flames. On seeing Charles, Edison said to him: “Where is your mother? Go find her and bring her here quickly; such a sight she will never see again!”

The next day, while walking amidst the ashes of his hopes and dreams, the 67 year-old inventor said: “What benefit there is in destruction! All our mistakes have been burnt to ashes, thank God! Now we can begin afresh, all over again!”

Here’s the takeaway. Lasting success will materialize in your reality only after you have wisely and consistently dedicated yourself to a particular task over a long period of time and in the face of obstacles, setbacks and impossibilities.

The END!

 

 

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24 thoughts on “Patience – The Singular Advantage

  1. Oh I love this story. Why have I never heard this one before? Such an inspiration! I lost the files on my laptop a few years ago and for a moment I was mired in despair but then I realized that the books I had written and just never gotten around to doing anything with them, well they were still inside me. I could just start again. Edison was quite the man for thinking that way and embracing that challenge to begin again at age 67!

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  2. Awesome! Patience NOT being one of my greatest attributes, and the lack thereof, tends to steal much of my time needed to work on successfully achieving my goals. This offered me insight and encouragement to keep pressing though.

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  3. Patience is the only thing in life that can make the time go faster for you. Well, technically that’s not happening on the outside but you sure feel it. It’s pretty much like the theory of relativity. Sorry I am talking like a science geek. But patience is what our world needs today. Queues are everywhere. Imagine you are shopping at the mall and you are standing in a queue. The more you are going to worry and the more you get impatient, the more notice you will take of the time slipping you by. But if you are patient, you’ll find that time go by you so fast you won’t even notice it. Why? Because your patience will make you more interested in the surroundings. Patience is also a great value to ‘deploy’ when you are faced with problems like Thomas Alva Edison. A great example. Patience helps us to see the perfection in every imperfection.
    Thank you, Josiah. I lost track of your posts as I got too busy with my studies. Forgive me and keep up the good work . . . ☺

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  4. Great topic and post. I have been given thought to the virtue of patience for some time now. How can one master the virtue of patience? I think we need to constantly remind ourselves of stories like this one to help us keeo our eyes on the prize.

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    • You are certainly on point. I also believe it is less about mastery and more about effort and practice and being in the moment and maximizing the opportunities in those moments.

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