I haven’t been feeling well this week. I’ve been to countless doctors and had multiple tests run, simply to be told to be patient and wait for results. Telling an entrepreneur to be patient is like telling a puppy to not chew your favorite pair of shoes. For a puppy, chewing is instinctive and soothing. And more importantly, the puppy doesn’t yet know any better.
Similarly a common trait of an entrepreneur is impatience. They want it now. They need answers yesterday. And crossing off things on their to-do list is more invigorating than drinking a case of Red Bull.
However, this week has been a bit of an eye opening experience for this entrepreneur and I think I have a new goal to have more patience.
Certainly I’ve been sick before. And yes, I’ve had to wait impatiently for results. But in addition to my desire to find a cure to my belly ache, I have had a few pressing business issues happening at the exact same time as my illness. And as normal, I have wanted to call/visit/solve the business problem. But I physically haven’t been at my best and my days and deadlines are working around my ability to focus while on Tylenol 3.
Because of this, I’ve learned that everything can, and sometimes should, go a bit slower in my life.
I had a phone call today with one of my landlords and I was giving him a state-of-the-union address while asking him to do a few improvements with our property. I told him I’d get some reports and answers to him by COB today even though I wasn’t well. He calmly listened to my drug-induced rant, and when he could get a word in edge-wise, he said “Heidi, Rome wasn’t built in a day. And you should reflect on these changes you are proposing for a few days or weeks. Not hours.”
After catching myself trying to defend my reasons for my impatience, I realized that perhaps I’ve heard this recorded message before. It goes something like this:
- But I have to (fill in the blank) right now, or someone else will steal the idea
- But I have to (fill in the blank) right now, or my staff/clientele won’t understand
- But I have to (full in the blank) right now, or I won’t have enough money
- But I have to (fill in the blank) right now, or my business won’t grow
Does any of this resonate with you?
Earlier this year a wise friend told me that activity does not equal productivity. However, being busy (active) has been my middle name for as long as I’ve owned my business. Perhaps it’s time for a change of pace? I’m trying patience on for a while. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Until next time, here’s to big wishes and pixie dust.