THE LAWS OF DERIHUNTER; 9. THE LAW OF PATIENCE
I started this post on my birthday; last month; November 25th, 2015. This is my 4th rewrite. The early hours of this morning after sleeping for barely an hour and having a mild case of insomnia, I decided to finish this apt rule which i follow directly and indirectly.
I am not always the most patient of people. I want things done yesterday, but as I have grown older, a little wiser and more experienced, i learned that there is an ebb and flow to things, a cadence and timing to a sequence of events. This lead to the understanding that time is one of the most precious resource we have as entrepreneurs and humans in general.
I just finished a meeting yesterday with a financial expert who has raised tens of millions of dollars for companies in Nigeria and abroad. The gentleman was basically telling me point blank to extend the time-line for our product launch. That if we want to engage him as a consultant for our business we basically have to double the time-line for our product launch. If this was a couple of years ago, I would have baulked, but I have learned to take things in my stride, knowing that Patience is one of the more important skills I have had to learn/develop as an Entrepreneur. Recognizing that there is a time to wait, a time to move and having the wisdom to know when to do either. We ended up not engaging this gentleman as a consultant
Since my last post, I have canceled the agreement between my company and the Business Incubator we were signed with (that’s another story), fired two lawyers, hired two new ones, hired a “business consultant” and had to make a series of decisions; sometimes on the fly, most times after a few days of mulling them over. I can bear all this with equanimity because I understand this are the situations as an entrepreneur I have to do to get to the other side, to the promised land; my Eldorado so to speak.
The best analogy I can make about Patience is this story; three farmers planted three different seeds in their farms. The first planted corn and harvested in three months. The second planted cassava and harvested in nine months. The third planted cocoa and had to wait a minimum of three to five years for his harvest, but after waiting, watching and tending to his farm, he reaped a harvest that was greater than the combined harvests that the two other farmers had had over the years.
That in a nutshell is the Law of Patience. I am working on “this”, because I am looking at the harvest. Looking at what i believe Derihunter will achieve in the business world
To end this post, let me go to the Bible for my favourite Scripture when it comes to Patience; Habakkuk 2:3: “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry”.