There are three principle types of patience amongst the people: impatient, passively patient, and persistently patient or people with persistence.
Mr. Impatient would like to have instant gratification. When he places an order in a restaurant, he would like it to be fulfilled immediately. In the office, he is intolerant with the employees. He would bark “I would like to have the project done immediately and now”. Mr. Impatient is angry at the slightest delay, blows his horn at the car in front that doesn’t race away like a jackrabbit when the light turns green. This is very evident at the traffic signals in India. The drivers would start honking loudly immediately. Mr. Impatient is more concerned rather with quantity than quality. Before really giving the different opportunities a good amount of chance to develop, Mr. Impatient would get in and out.
Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side. But often it is not. Your exceptionally impatient friends more often than not are dressed-up versions of the hobo of years ago – drifting with no clear destination mind.
There is no hurry in these kinds of people. Their attitude is whatever-will-be-will-be kind! Mr. Passively Patient is a content man and doesn’t mind waiting eternally without making a fuss over a delay or taking action to speed things up.
These people are usually respected, but not strongly admired. They make a decent to good living and are not burden on others. Generally, passively patient people become bored with life, make no waves, and look forward to their old age. This could be due to the fact that they do not get any excitement from life and live a dull life.
Persistently Patient or People with Persistence
The Mr. Persistently Patient persons are totally different people than the impatient or passively patient people. They will say “I’m going to choose what I want to do carefully and then give it everything I got”. For making anything worthwhile they know that substantial time and considerable effort are required. They have a different philosophy with the belief that, “let’s make progress on purpose”, “the journey to success is made one step at a time”, “standing still is the same as going nowhere”, and “if the goal is right, no price in terms of personal sacrifice is too high to pay”.
They feel compelled to build for the generations to come and not build for themselves alone! Persistently patient people feel that they must some more extra effort even though they have done their very best.
It should happen that even when you feel you have done your best and put in effort in any activity, one should invest 10 percent more to make sure that it is their best effort! Remember that a lot of abandoned oil wells have proved to be gushers just by drilling 10 percent deeper! It also must be remembered that every great athlete spends far more time preparing for a big event than he does playing it.
The point to remember is that develop the patience to perfect what you do.
Persistent patience works. But only if you have a plan to back it up. Randomly doing anything or working takes you nowhere. It is better to start and change the course. Persist, Persist, and persist. But always according to a proven plan.
Persistent patience in persistently patient people pays off in every facet of life – from making money to getting into top physical shape. There is no substitute for total persistency in the pursuit of a goal!
It is not easy for us to relate to the modern marvels like space travel, television, scientific experiments, and, other things like great voyages of exploration, medical breakthroughs, and other impossible events. But what about the little things in life that may be of no interest to humanity in general, but as individuals may have an enormous impact on us? Here again being persistently patient or persistence will win for us. If, a) the objective or goal is worthwhile, b) if a person has the qualities to achieve the goal, and c) the person is sufficiently persistently patient or being persisting, that person will win.
Some Quotes for People with Persistence
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent”.
- Calvin Coolidge
“Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before”.
“Austere perseverance, harsh and continuous , rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistibly greater with time”.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and perhaps some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do”.
- Napoleon Hill
“Nothing can resist a human will that will state even its existence on its stated purpose. The secret to success is constancy of purpose”.
- Benjamin Disraeli
“Never, never, never give up”.
- Winston Churchill
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail”.
“The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that must precede the victory”.
- Ted W. Engstrom
“The most essential factor is persistence, the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come”.
- James Whitcomb Riley
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing”.
- Abraham Lincoln
“A man can rise above his circumstances and achieve whatever he sets his mind to, if he exercises unshakable persistence and a positive mental attitude”.
- Samuel Smiles
“Many men fail because they quit too soon. Men lose faith when the signs are against them. They do not have the courage to hold on, to keep fighting in spite of that which seems insurmountable. If more of us would strike out and attempt the ‘impossible’, we very soon would find the truth of that old saying that nothing is impossible. Abolish fear, and you can accomplish anything you wish”.
- C. E. Welch
Some Examples of Persistently Patient People – How Persistence Paid Off
In here, below some few examples of persistently patient people are described. How persistence in the end paid off!
· Having persistence and aggressive patience opened the window to space
This is the story of Wernher Von Braun, the rocket scientist. He had displayed persistent patience in developing the rockets paving way for use in space exploration and satellite communications. As a teenager in the 1920’s he dreamed of man someday exploring the moon. In those days, man in space was just an idea of human fantasy. But this didn’t stop Von Braun. During the 1930’s Von Braun was put to working building rockets by the Germans, as they saw immense potential in them. During World War II he was a Nazi scientist working on V2 rockets. In 1944 he was put in jail as he thought that using missiles for war was not the use that Von Braun had in mind. Soon realizing his talents were recognized as he was considered vital to the German war effort. He was told to put deadly rockets into space against England.
After the world war he was released from jail by the Americans as they realized his talents. So instead of prosecuting him for his war crimes, they took him to USA wherein he was put in as a space scientist. After the world war he directed the team that put America’s first satellite Explorer I in space. His team also launched the flight of the first American astronaut, Alan Shepard, in 1961. Von Braun played a large part of the Americans’ first landing on the moon.
He had done immensely for the America’s space program and introducing the world to space exploration. All this he achieved through enormous persistency. His failures outnumbered his successes by ten to one. Yet through being persistently patient, had an impact on mankind forever.
· Persistence helped Columbus discover a new world
In the 15th century AD, the Europeans were in quest for sea route to India. Thus, when in 1479 AD Columbus made a voyage to the Gold Coast of Africa from Spain, he thought he could sail far west in search of land and India.
Columbus didn’t have any means to make his dream a reality! But he was a man made from having success quality of being persistently patient. In 1485 AD he asked the Portuguese Crown for help. But he was refused.
Next he tried the English leaders, again being refused. But his patience was persistent. Following year in 1486 he appealed to the Spanish government. The Spanish government agreed to his idea of sailing into the far lands of west. But in 1491, after five years of bureaucratic hassles and waiting period he was told by the Spanish government that it is not feasible.
But again Columbus pressed on. Finally in 1492 AD he convinced the Spanish government that his idea of sailing west and finding a route to India was feasible and had merit.
For days together Columbus and his team sailed but could not find land. Thus out of exasperation and exhaustion, his men wanted to turn back. He had exercised great leadership in dealing with his men and convinced them to keep going.
Thus the result of being persistently patient by Columbus was the discovery of the New World – the American continent; though it was not India.