On Patience

Note to future self…

For a while now I’ve been trying to figure out a good way to answer this question:

Should we be patient?

Today I think I finally have an answer(:

Impatience with Actions. Patience with results.

This is so obvious once you’re able to come up with the distinction. It’s also consistent with other philosophies in my life like prioritizing systems over goals.

Having a good answer is incredibly empowering because it give you something to focus on – your input. I feel that we hear so much about thinking long-term and being patient because good things take time. At the same time you hear that you should not wait around for things to happen and that you do more stuff.

Once you can refer to the quote above it’s easy to make the distinction and see that these two pieces of advice are not as inconsistent as they might initially seem. To me that’s the true power of this quote(:


  1. How can you be more impatient about what you’re doing? How can you increase the leverage of your actions? What should you stop doing?
  2. How can you stop paying attention the outcome and instead focus on improving your process?

That’s it.

Now back to work….