“Patience is power.
Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is "timing"
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way.”
― Fulton J. Sheen
As millennials, we live in an era of instant gratification. Everything is NOW, NOW, NOW.
Want friends? Head to Facebook and Instagram to get likes—Social Media approval is now the new norm! Do we want a date? No worries—simply proceed to Tinder. Hungry and want food? Just call for food delivery and it will be sent right to your doorstep in a blink of an eye.
Indeed, technology has made our lives so much better, faster and efficient. Yet, why do so many of us feel so empty? The answer lies in our lack of patience for things that we might consider important. Today, we feature 5 reasons why millennials can consider learning the virtue of developing patience.
Reason #1. Patience allows you to develop great skillsets that leads to a strong foundation. This strong foundation will lead to success.
Thomas Edison once said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.”
If you are sure of a skill you want to develop and are passionate about, don’t give up! Always remember to persist in your goals and dreams. Set up a system and work towards the bigger picture. Resist the urge for instant gratification, that we all have been so used to.
Slow and steady wins the race is almost always true when it comes for foundations!
Reason #2: Patience is linked to focus.
Contrary to society’s pressure that you must achieve X number of things at Y age, the reality is that life is long. Very long, in fact.
You can take time to find yourself—there is no need to rush. Remember, it is always better to live life on your terms rather than live life in accordance to the standards set by others.
When you are younger, you can explore and fail a lot! When you fail a lot, you can learn many good things about what you can do and cannot do. This will help you focus on what you are truly passionate about, and help you choose things.
Reason #3: Patience leads to spectacular results.
Bruce Lee once said, “I fear not the man who has practised 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practised one kick 10,000 times”. Patience does lead to spectacular results—the man who has practised the one kick 10,000 times can undoubtedly deliver the kick way better than the former.
And we all know that people with higher quality in their work often stand out. And to obtain this higher quality of work, patience is needed. So be patient and practise a lot!
Reason #4: Patience is all about right time, right place, right principles.
Sometimes waiting a bit will solve a lot of problems.
Everything has its place and time, and happens for a good reason. If you rush or skip steps, you might be missing out on a lot of good or better things in life! Doing things prematurely can sometimes be detrimental to your career path because it will lead to you missing out on a lot of opportunities.
Therefore, be patient, observe, and act only when the time is right.
Reason #5: Patience will help you develop more meaningful relationship.
Patience is linked to giving your time the space and time to find yourself.
If you don’t take the time to find yourself or know what your strengths and weaknesses are, you might feel really empty later in your life because you lack a sense of purpose in what you do.
Patience will also allow you to enjoy more of life and develop more meaningful relationships.
For example, instead of wanting to “skip steps” and find a mate through Tinder, why not go out physically to make friends, and see who you get along with?
Instead of ordering takeouts or eating “fast-foods”, why not try your hand in making a meal for someone you love?
Instead of turning to Facebook for social approval, why not make friends in real life? Face pain, disappointment, joy, happiness, excitement together in person—with great patience.
Conclusion: Live life on your pace, on your own terms.
Don't be made flustered by people around you who expect you to do certain things by certain age, or condemn you if you don’t do certain things by certain age.
Live life on your terms, at your pace. It is okay to slow down. Life is very long.