How long does it take to get to where you want to be? The answer for most people is ‘Too long!’ In our culture of instant gratification, the likelihood that it can take years to become a millionaire is enough to keep most from ever even trying. However, being patient is crucial to long-term and worthwhile success. Below, I explain why.
Why Being Patient is Crucial to Success
The truth is, few businesses make money in the first four years. In fact, the average business takes two years to lose money, two more years to pay back the money it lost, and three more years to become profitable. In other words, it typically takes seven years for a business to succeed.
For a lot of people that’s way too long, but for most fields of study, work, or career, it takes about seven years to become a master. In other fields, being patient for seven years is just expected.
Time Will Pass Regardless
Seven years seems like a long time, and in some ways it is. However, in seven years how much older will you be regardless?
One of the prime rules for success also happens to be one of the hardest to swallow. I choked on it for a while, maybe because it’s so painfully obvious and avoidable: Time is going to pass anyway. Seven years from now, seven years will have gone by. Three years from now, three years will have gone by. That means that whatever you know you’re supposed to be doing anyway, get on with it!
Put your head down, pull out every stop, and pay any price you can to get into the top 10% in your field. Then, you’ll remain one of the highest paid people in your field for the rest of your life.
The Pay-Off Is the Process
However, there’s another important point to remember. The pay-off is not when you get to your goal. If you think that’s the case, you are setting yourself up for some serious disappointment. You only get to a goal once, yes, then what? Then the next, and the next, and it keeps going. With this mindset, you keep yourself from appreciating where you’re at right now.
The pay-off is every step along the way. With every step you take towards becoming better, you can feel yourself improving. It raises your self esteem. It makes you happy and gives you energy. It’s people who are not moving in the direction of becoming better who are negative, unhappy, miserable complainers.
Make Time Your Ally
We constantly have to work on ourselves. Your life only gets better when you get better, and there’s no limit to how much better you can become.
Time is on your side, and it’s not. Time, in reality, doesn’t really care what you do or don’t do. It’s going to keep moving (or not “moving,” depending on how Zen you want to get here!) regardless of whether or not you get up and stop wasting it, or stop pushing things off, or stop making excuses. Time can be your friend or ally, but never your enemy. The real enemy is usually within.
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