I can remember in my early 20’s, my then boyfriend and I shared a car and I was the driver. Each day, I would clock off at 5pm and head to his work, where he finished at 5.30pm. This usually meant I would be waiting at most, 10-15 mins for him.
Each day, I would sit in the car out front, watching the clock tick over. Having scrolled through Facebook 324 times already that day, there wasn’t much for me to be updated with in this time and there’s only so many times you can stare at friends photos before bordering on stalker status.
Each minute felt like an hour and at 5.30pm I expected him to just appear in the passenger seat magically on the dot. When he didn’t, I felt the steam start to rise in my ears. 5.32pm, 5.33pm,
….. “oh come on, what are you doing!!!?”
As you can imagine, patience isn’t my strength.
In business, patience is key to seeing improvement. It is only over time we grow and learn about what does and doesn’t work as we progressively adjust and refine.
After 6 years, I’m only now starting to hit my stride but my attention has been temporarily diverted to my family.
Which, although is my choice, can be quite frustrating to keep pushing things back.
Relaying my feelings to a good friend (and business coach), he said to me “just like that beer I took a photo of yesterday, patience is a key ingredient. Without it, the business would not be the same”.
Right now, I have young children that need me and although it seems like it will be forever, it’s also shocks me that one soon will be walking and the other can now count to 40.
I can wait another 18 months to get back to the business and although there will be moments when I choose it over the kids, the majority of my attention will be devoted to where it is best spent.