Posts tagged Patience
The hype

You've probably heard there are lots of concerning recession signs for global economies. Yet this is the chart for how the Dow Jones Industrial Average has performed over the last 100+ years. Not too bad.

It's tempting to buy into the hype of today's headlines. The thinking goes that hype awareness is how we get ahead. And if you pick the perfect thing, at the perfect time, in the perfect place, well, then sure, you'll end up ahead. 

That's also a whole lot of 'perfects' to nail perfectly.

More often, tuning into the hype is a trap. It's a daily rat race with only a few winners (likely not you), and where everyone else has to start over at zero the next day. 

The chart above highlights an alternative: skip the hype. Acknowledge the reality that every day won't be a win and choose to invest our time, effort, and energy with a focus beyond the frantic urgency of today. 

It's still a daily practice, and one where you don't have to start at zero tomorrow.  

Delayed Gratification

Delayed, because it’s not right now.

Gratification, because our desires are met.

Generally we all like the gratification, and we’ll stomach the delay if we have to. But the delay! The habit of postponing our satisfaction and desires is worth far more than the satisfaction of a desire met. Those fleeting feelings we receive with gratification last for a few precious moments, but the discipline we learn in the delay sticks with us for life.

Savor the gratification sure, but seek out the delay.

“Tomorrow is soon enough.”

20 years ago, a young entrepreneur gave this bold answer when asked why he wasn’t spending any money on advertising for his small tech startup.

You might have heard of his company — it’s called Google.

Sergey Brin + his co-founder Larry Page were in no hurry for people to find them. Instead, they set out to make the very best search engine they knew how to. They focused all their energy on making Google better than it was the day before. They were perfectly content to wait for people to find them, and for those people to tell others. Tomorrow is soon enough when you’re making change that matters.

So the question: Should we really be in a hurry?

What has us in a rush? Does it it really demand that we hurry? Some things do. Any kind of meaningful change that we’re making is not one of them however. Finding a soulmate isn’t either. Or finding blog followers for that matter. Why would we ever rush anything important enough to wake up daily + give our very best self to? Perhaps we actually should be in no hurry at all.

It’s ok if our fans haven’t shown up yet. And it’s ok if our soulmate doesn’t find us today. Because every additional day, we’ll be that much better. Tomorrow would be just fine.