Patience: the missing link

On a somewhat regular basis, I am asked my opinion on the keys to success. After some thought on this (and a little experience), I’ve landed on three things that I usually say in response. Today I’m going to cover the most unpopular one.

One great idea. Hard work. A positive attitude. These are the usual subjects when compiling all the ingredients it takes to succeed. And if these are the ingredients then patience is the oven.

Patience just isn’t a “sexy” subject. It’s our least favorite party of the story. We like overnight victories. The ones where people worked hard for two weeks and got a multimillion dollar investment. The artist who put one song on YouTube and got a call from a record company the next day. The church that grew to 2,000 people within the first year.

There is one glaring issue here; it almost never happens this way.

In fact, if your favorite success story begins in this way, I’d suggest finding a better story. A real story.

The truth is if you’re trying to do something worth doing it’s going to take patience. If you’re going to see a dream through to reality, it’s almost certainly going to more time than you expected. That’s where patience comes in.

It takes audacity to start something. It takes patience to finish it.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22–23

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