“Patience is the very heart of love. I don’t think any skill in life is more valuable.”
-- Easwaran (1910-1999), gifted spiritual teacher and author of Take Your Time: How to Find Patience, Peace & Meaning
“Child, patience wins the world!”
– Lillian Cornelia Brown, my spiritual teacher and maternal grandmother
Being a successful entrepreneur is about so much more than creating and delivering products and services that enable you to achieve or go beyond your financial goals. Authentic success, I believe, requires the ability to effectively respond to one of the biggest villains on planet Earth, UNEXPECTED CHANGE.
I have been a self-employed for 28 years, and during this time I’ve been in many battles with unexpected change. I know without a doubt that what has sustained my success has been my ability to practice PATIENCE, and use PERSISTENCE to cultivate patience. If I were to lose this ability, I would never have experienced the many ‘happy endings’ of my professional and personal life.
When trouble arises, as it will, I turn on my super power of persistence, which I experience as my solid intention to keep moving forward and never give up.
Patience, as my super power, means I’m never afraid to wait for the right opportunities, right colleagues, or right timing.
Patience and Persistence enables me to withstand the disappointment, confusion, self-blaming and even depression that unexpected and unanticipated challenges can bring. To keep myself tethered to patience, which is a powerful form of self-love, I am persistent in doing the following behaviors:
Most importantly, calling up my super powers of Patience & Persistence gives me the time to consider that there is always treasure in the trouble. This changes my perception of what is happening away from, “I’m a failure,” to “I’m being prepared for my next level of how to share my gifts, talents, and genius.”