We all know the interview question, "what is your greatest weakness?" Or sometimes, "what are your top three weaknesses?"
I know my answer, patience is number one . . . two . . . and three :P
A close friend asked why patience is my main weakness. I thought for a moment and quickly (of course) answered.
I wasted a large part of my twenties with self-destructive habits. After a religious I experience, I felt I knew what I should do with my life and didn't want to squander any more time.
For me, years were lost doing stupid things, and now that I am purposeful I am always moving 100mph. This can be a strength as I knock out multiple projects a week and continuously get better. The problem is, at times, I move on from a project or idea because I don't see the results as quickly I would like. Therefore, I do something new, when in reality I should spend more time digging until I finally hit gold.
Do you have the same problem? Is the idea of patience something which makes you squirm? I know it does for me. The thought of doing the same thing for the next 5-years to reach my goals feels like torture. Yet, time will pass, would I rather get closer to my goal, or jump to a new one every few months?
I am learning I need to stay the course. The rewards will eventually come, and I will only reach my goals by spending time working on my craft. You should do the same. Find your professional purpose and go forward.
Even if it takes times.