Success = Impatience + Patience

jasonleow  •  22 Nov 2022   •    

A gem of a tweet from James Clear:

“Mastery requires both impatience and patience. The impatience to have a bias toward action, to not waste time, and to work with a sense of urgency each day. The patience to delay gratification, to wait for your actions to accumulate, and to trust the process.” – @JamesClear

Replace “mastery” with “success” and now I understand better why my lack of results in my indie solopreneur journey been frustrating for me – because it requires navigating a delicate tension between patience and impatience, when all the while I’ve been just full-on impatient in everything.

That impatience is necessary, but not sufficient. My bias towards action helped me make lots of progress in terms of output, but not outcomes. The outcomes bit is where patience is necessary. Yet patience in results alone is not sufficient either. If I didn’t hustle and continually improve, patience would just lead nowhere.

Both are necessary, but either on their own is sufficient for success. And I got to hold both polarities together, with nuance. It’s like holding a slippery fish – not too tight a grip, but not too loose either, else the fish will find a way to jump back into the sea.

Expedite everything. Expect nothing.


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