What Can Patience Do For You?

Patience and time do more than strength or passion.
— Jean de La Fontaine

It was true when the French fable writer, Jean de La Fontaine, said it in the 17th century and it’s still true today. Patience and time are stronger than strength or passion.

The wisdom in this quote, however, would have been hard for me to swallow when I was young. 

When you’re in the early stages of your career, you assume that strength and passion are the ordained ways to get ahead. The more muscle and fervor you give to a project, the further along you get with it, right?

As commendable as these characteristics are, they don’t top patience and time. Patience defined is the good-natured tolerance of delays. 

I hate delays. 

Live long enough, however, and you’ll discover their ongoing inevitability. The lesson then is this: During delays, exercise patience... if possible, with good cheer. Don’t strong-arm every problem. Don’t assume more passion will get you to the finish line.  Give things time to work themselves out.

More often than not, patience and time are your best and only solution.