Patience is the highway to success

by Ashvini Kumar Saxena on February 4, 2011 · 8 comments

in Motivation

I have met so many people who want to get rich fast. People who want to get successful in the shortest amount of time. No doubt that they are resourceful and can make things move fast.

Unfortunately, they are still unable to get to the level of success they desire. The frustration of not being successful weighs so heavily on their head that they start losing focus.

The importance of patience in success has to be emphasized. A person who wants to be successful needs patience above all, even above resources,money and everything else. It is the most important quality an entrepreneur needs to learn and apply when she is hounded by her  fears of failure.

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The world of today however has least regard for people who are thinkers and have patience to see things reach the logical conclusion. A plenty of ‘Quick rich’ schemes floating around internet and in the physical world will provide one with enough examples that how much people have become over eager to get somewhere.

I am reminded of the examples of Warren Buffet who worked for years to build a successful stock portfolio. Wasn’t he longing for quick money? Why was he interested in understanding the business fundamental when most of the stock players were busy making fast bucks? Today I don’t think any stock player who played the stock for short term comes anywhere close to Warren Buffet.

Patience also played a large role in the success of Bill Gates. I have read that Bill Gates daily earnings from his software once was  $2 per day for many years. If you compare this with the average earning even a lowly paid clerk has,Bill Gates earned far far less than he could. However Bill Gates was patient enough to see the things through.

A who.is check on facebook.com reveals that the site was created in 1997 but actually launched in year 2004. Facebook was previously known as thefacebook.come . Someone advised the owner of facebook to drop the word ‘the’. So approximately it took twelve to thirteen years for facebook to get into our minds and become a billion dollar company. If the owner of facebook lost his patience midway, he would not be so rich as he is today.

Similar is the case of Dell, Hewlett Packard and many others who have seen their empires built from scratch in small doable steps with a large dose of patience.

Back here in India, you can find countless examples of great businessmen and entrepreneurs who have been patient in the times of trials and tribulations of their venture, sometimes changing their strategies or business but patiently playing their game.

There is no shortcut to success. You cannot expect your customers to like your product instantly ( unless it is designed well in the first shot, a feat achieved a very few times). Most of us create a product and since it is our baby, expect everyone to like it as well. Unfortunately soon we realize that our product falls short of expectation. That there is a gap between what market wants and what we are selling.

Is it a time to give up then? No. This is the time when we pick up whatever we can and continue developing our product till it becomes the best. However if at the start, we lose patience, we will never achieve anything.

The best way to cultivate patience is to train your mind. A patient and relaxed mind resolves problems effectively. That is why they say ‘Use your head’ or ‘Cool down’ .

To be successful, we need to start small ( if we don’t have many resources), learn from our mistakes and progress slowly. Above all we need good amount of patience to make sure that we take things as they come rather than rushing into them.

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Successful Entrepreneur April 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

The pyramids weren’t built in one day and they certainly weren’t completed with people throwing tantrums, giving up or refusing to look at innovative ways to create a masterpiece. In a way, constructing one of the greatest structures ever created is the same as building a business. Patience and determination is always key to long term success.

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ramaraobobby February 19, 2011 at 7:47 am

Real inspirational stuff here… Yeah, Patience and Perseverance is the highway to success. A wise men once said – “If you have a sense of purpose, determination, patience and perseverance then the closed doors will open and the impossible would become a reality.”

btw Parker is the one who advised Mark to remove the from thefacebook.com (source: The Social Network movie)

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lawmacs February 6, 2011 at 6:38 am

Just a few word brilliantly written patience is the key to success there is no doubt about that well said Ashvini great post

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Ashvini Kumar Saxena February 6, 2011 at 11:55 am

Gary, thanks for commenting

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Nicola Deiana February 5, 2011 at 11:23 am

Wonderful post Ashvini! I thinks that is the best quality an internet entrpreneur should to have. From this part, I have to say that I’m luck. If on one hand I’m not a genius, on the other hand I have a lot of patience that help me to overcome every obstacle. Thanks a lot for sharing this great post. Keep writing!

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Aswani February 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm

What a post! One of the best ever posts on your blog. Agreed completely…with what you intended to say. Patience is the key to success and this is to be known by all of us. You have quoted some great examples and I think that the list is endless. I have been following the same in my life and will continue to do so. Thanks a lot for such inspiring article. Keep writing!

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Ashvini Kumar Saxena February 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Thank you so much for comments. It keeps me going . Thanks again

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