“He that can have patience, can have what he will.”

Ben Franklin

I have noticed after years of training and coaching agents and in my own experience, an under appreciation for the thing we call patience.

By definition, patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset.

The Latin derivative of the word patience is patientia meaning “suffering.” In fact, in Latin, the word pati means to suffer or pain.

That is very interesting to me. Essentially, to have patience means to have the capacity to endure suffering. To suffer through the days, weeks, months or even years of waiting for a particular outcome you desire.

We have a tendency as humans to overestimate what we can do in the short term and drastically underestimate what we can do in the long term.

It has taken 12 years of blood, sweat and tears to get to the place I am today.

I have some clients who have not gotten a result after a week and go into a full blown mental breakdown.

This game of listing and selling property is a tough one. One in which I must be prepared physically, mentally and emotionally.

As a society, we have removed a lot of the suffering that has plagued humans for thousands of years (hunger, disease, danger). This can, if we are not careful, make us ill-equipped to deal with things that are hard or require us to suffer.

Hard things are rarely fun things. Going from the low end of the economic totem pole to the top of the mountain is very hard.

Making yourself more valuable to others is hard.

Progressively moving toward your goals with awareness, constant self-improvement and skills will, as good old Ben Franklin said over two hundred years ago, lead to your desired outcome.

Do you have patience?

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