Play the game. Wait for success.

Patience is the key to success. It’s the key that unlocks the door to opportunity. Not just any opportunity; the opportunity that is worth it in the long run. This doesn’t mean waiting for dinner, the weekend, or your package to come in the mail.

It means being patient and waiting for the hard work to pay off. It means waiting to meet the right person. It means being patient for a positive change in life. But when everything surrounding us involves instant gratification, waiting is a hard game to play.

Play it. Play the game. Be the person that will wait longer than others for something. While others are complaining because something won’t happen, go out and do it. Don’t just do it, enjoy it. Instead of complaining about waiting around for pizza to be delivered, go out and get the pizza yourself. You know what I mean. Instead of waiting for your boss to promote you, promote yourself after work.

Find ways to make the wait more fun. Focus on other parts of your life. Take a weekend vacation or researching an interesting topic.

I know that I struggle with this sometimes. I have been accustomed to the “delivery in 15 minutes or it’s free” mentality. I get annoyed by late uber rides, or slow restaurant service. I get caught up with the idea that everything should come quickly to me. This can lead to negative thinking, and is what separates the 1% from the 99%.

Often times the 1% did not get there by waking up one day with a great idea and becoming rich immediately. They spent years developing skills and relationships. They were patient and didn’t worry when things weren’t going so well. They had the determination and persistence to fight against the instant gratification mentality.

So when it comes to patience, do you think you have what it takes? Next time you think something is taking too long to accomplish, sit back and relax. Enjoy it. Because life is about the journey, not about the destination.

That distant image that you have of yourself, making a lot of money, living in a different time zone, doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of determination and patience for the right opportunities to arise.

So relax. Sit back and stop thinking about the destination. Think about the journey.