★ Rich Habit #18: Exercising Patience Every Day

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This is part of our Rich Habits series, by best-selling author Tom Corley.
Be sure to check out all previous habits we’ve covered!

Focus, persistence and patience are three common traits of all successful people, but patience may be the hardest trait to learn.

Success takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight.

And success has its ups and downs. Some days things go your way, but most of the time they don’t. When things don’t go your way, it’s easy to become frustrated and to quit. Most people do. And most people are unsuccessful.

But successful people don’t quit.

They patiently pursue their goals and their dreams. They take a long view of success. They accept that it may take them years, or even a lifetime, to realize success. They are patient.

They don’t fall victim to Bright Shiny Object Syndrome. They stick to one thing for many years. This patience enables them to gain knowledge and skills, buys them time to pivot, and ultimately allows them to focus on their most important goal.

Patience eventually provides solutions to all of our problems.

Sometimes that solution is an idea, a strategy or even that critically important person who joins our effort. Without patience, none of those ideas, strategies or apostles would be possible. Patience creates Opportunity Luck, the luck that is a trademark of all successful people.

It’s also important to remember that every successful person experiences the frustration of patience. Opportunity Luck did not visit Colonel Sanders until he was in his mid-60s. Rodney Dangerfield was 46 before he got his first break on the Ed Sullivan Show. Before becoming president, Abraham Lincoln lost several runs for public office. But everyone here patiently pursued their dreams.

Unsuccessful people quit when they hit a roadblock. They lack the patience that is required in order for success to happen. As a result, Opportunity Luck never has a chance of happening. They never find solutions to problems. They never find that apostle who helps them achieve their goals.

In Summary

Successful people don’t quit. Unsuccessful people do.


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Tom is a CPA and the author of the best-selling book, “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.” He will be sharing a new habit with us every Thursday as part of our Rich Habits Series, and can be found online at RichHabits.net.

Last modified: April 16, 2017

3 Responses to :
★ Rich Habit #18: Exercising Patience Every Day

  1. On the flipside, though, you can still be successful if you quit, particularly if you quit something that (after a lot of work) is obviously not going to pan out. Or if you quit a bad habit, like staying up late or eating junk food. So in many ways quitting can make you more successful.

    But yeah, I see your point. I like to think of this practice as planting acorns. I’m going through a job hunt right now, so I apply for at least one job a day. Although I may not hear anything for a little while, I’ve planted the seed, which is the first step.

    1. Steve Adams says:

      Good point:
      Persistence is great,
      Stubbornness is bad,
      Knowledge of which one you are engaging in is often only obvious in retrospect.

      1. J. Money says:

        Haha yup!

        Reminds me of when I quit our podcast that was blowing up…. It all seemed great from the outside but inside I was dying!

        Good Reasons to Quit Something vs Bad Reasons to Quit Something (And Why I’m Retiring from Podcasting)

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