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title: On Patience
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date: "2020-09-29T04:09:30.686Z"
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description: Patience is underrated
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One of the quotes that guides my thinking and acting every day is from
[**Naval
Ravikant**](https://twitter.com/naval/status/1029300574997499910?s=20):

> ***"Impatience with action. Patience with results".***

At first, it is difficult to grasp. We have become so accustomed to
instant gratification, that it sounds almost impossible to do. To me,
patience was inconceivable until recently. I thought it was only for the
old and tired, and I'm filled with energy. I want to do something, I
want to act now. Who has the time for patience?

But then, it clicked. The point of patience is not to sit still. It's
not to avoid or delay doing. The point of patience is to detach our
actions from results. The goal of being patient is to remain objective
even when you're putting all your energy towards something. Perhaps,
Peter Diamandis put it best when he said that ***"Patience is a virtue,
but persistence to the point of success is a blessing".***

We need to rethink patience. I know I've had to do it. Once I understood
its essence, I began to see things in a different light. Patience
stopped being something to abhor and evade and became the most important
aspect of everything I do.

Patience must be a result of doing. For you to practice it, you must be
working on something and hoping for results. But beware of hustling to
the point of exhaustion and burn-out. You must remember that "it is only
through consistency over time, through multiple generations, that you
get maximum results."

Patience allows you to detach from outcomes. You can only control a few
things: your effort, your focus, and your attitude. But you can't
control the results. If you are writing something---like I'm writing
this piece right now---you can only control the words and the ideas you
put on paper, not the readers' reactions. Will somebody like what I have
to say? Will people actually read it? All you can do is to keep at it.
In the end, as Bill Walsh would say, ***"the score takes care of
itself"***.

Being patient is not easy. Like any other skill, it must be learned.
This is why some older people seem to be better at it, they just have
more experience in practicing it. If it were simple, we would all be
top-performers in one field or another. Patience is difficult precisely
because it demands repetitive and constant action. It is what Haruki
Murakami tells us when he talks about his writing experience:
***"Repeat. Patience is a must in this process, but I guarantee the
results will come."***

Even though patience is not easily achieved, it's rewarding. It is a
compounding skill. You won't see results early on in the process but
eventually they will come. Perhaps it was Seneca who understood this
perfectly when he claimed that ***"Luck is what happens when preparation
meets opportunity."*** You can't predict when opportunity will arise,
but you can be ready for it through hard work and patience.

And, if you're still thinking that you don't have time for patience
because life is short, then you've missed the point. You've got time.
Good things don't come in an instant. Understand what Ryan Holiday
states: "the world is like muddy water. To see through it, we have to
let things settle. We can't be disturbed by initial appearances, and if
we are patient and still, the truth will be revealed to us." Once you
understand this, you will realize what Gary Vee has been saying for
years: ***"Patience is practical".***