Patience is NOT Overrated!

by Onyeka Nchege on September 17, 2015

Hand writing patienceMany of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas Edison

It is the unfortunate circumstance that we are all the best at sabotaging ourselves on our pursuit to greatness. As Thomas Edison stated, many of us tend to give up on things just before achieving success. During our journeys to greatness, we experience setbacks, trials, negativity and a host of other hindrances that contribute to our impatience. When our impatience clouds our path, oftentimes that is when we give up on greatness.

There are many catalysts that start each of us on our journeys. We can be pursuing a new career move, seeking higher education or just attempting to master a new challenge. And though these catalysts are important in beginning us on our journeys, it is the momentum we build in the pursuit that makes the overall achievement possible. Each completion of a task, milestone or goal is a contribution to our momentum.

As I have stated before, a stumbling block to building and sustaining momentum is impatience. When our momentum collides with our impatience, we are often goaded into taking short-cuts by going against our values, objectives and principles. These short-cuts yield short-term, immediate fixes to lessen our impatience, but over time we will see how they have derailed us from our desired outcome. Deviating from our desired outcome leads to more impatience, and usually giving up altogether.

The need to counteract impatience applies to anything we do in life. When you are pursuing any goal that you set for yourself, the action to identify the goal, build momentum toward the goal and ultimately sustain that momentum is the key to achieving success. Anything worth having never comes as a quick win proposal; it will take time and I am convinced it will not happen overnight.

Think of your journey to achieve success in the same light as the famous fable – the Tortoise and the Hare – slow and steady wins the race. Now more than ever we need to demonstrate the character trait of being steadfast.

TAKE ACTION: How can you counteract impatience?

Leadership on the GO…..It’s O.N

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A recent finalist for the 2017 ORBIE CIO of the Year award, Onyeka brings more than 20 years of experience leading teams, developing strategies and building technology solutions. He has also led the creation and integration of technology solutions for a network of retail store franchises and distributors across North and Central America. Onyeka contributes to CIO Review magazine and shares his insights and experience with peers and colleagues via his own blog, Before joining Interstate Batteries in 2015, Onyeka led teams at Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, where he modernized technology practices and powered business processes for daily, on-the-street use. He is a graduate of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and currently serves on the EVANTA Dallas CIO Governing Body. If Onyeka were not at Interstate, he’d find another way to combine his three biggest passions: his faith, helping others, and, of course, information technology. Because ultimately, as he puts it, “we can’t help everyone, but everyone can always help someone.”

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avatar Jabari Alexander October 2, 2015 at 9:26 pm

Great article! Very thought provoking! I read a bible verse the other day Hebrews 10:35-36 that correlates confidence to patience. Bob Marley said in one of his songs life is your right, so don’t give up the fight! In a gospel song I heard the choir sung this only a test, so don’t you think nothing less; just hold on, God’s on your side! The way I see it God keeps waking me up day after day so there is hope! Keep on keeping on!


avatar Onyeka Nchege October 4, 2015 at 9:11 pm

Well said. Definitely love the Hebrews quote and for sure Bob Marley says it best.


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