It turns out patience is the key

Published on November 2, 2015 3:16 pm, by

I have never been a very patient person. Determined and some would say pigheaded, yes.  Patient, no.   But I am learning.  What I’m learning is that patience is one of the keys to long-term success.  No matter what you want; whether its money, career or change in your personal life, patience (and hard work) are the best way to get there.

Happy 4 year anniversary

My recent notification from LinkedIn reminding me that I was celebrating my 4 year anniversary with MoneyBrilliant brought on mixed feelings.  It’s been 4 years since I started MoneyBrilliant to help women like my Mum.  I love my job, I love what I’ve achieved in 4 years.  I work hard and have a high level of job satisfaction.  But still.  Rather than feeling elated and celebrating I felt a little flat and a little depressed.

So why did I feel like this?  In retrospect it’s because I thought I’d be further along the road by now.  Patience is a journey for me and I’m still learning.  When you look at the facts, my reaction (over-reaction) was kind of nuts.  Not only do I love my job, we have a great partner in AMP and the best product in market.  I work close to home in an awesome office with an amazing team.  So I remind myself, it’s OK to want more, but anything really worthwhile takes time and sacrifice.

Big sacrifices but HUGE growth

I have sacrificed so much; property, a relationship, and my social life to see my baby start to take shape.  And money, so much money.  At the same time I have learned a great deal and grown significantly as a person.  So when I look back I feel all my sacrifices have been worth it.

Back to patience, most importantly I am now more patient than I was 4 years ago.  Clearly my reaction shows that I still have a long way to go.  I will continue to work on my patience every day as I encourage all those around me to work on theirs.

Sometimes I catch myself thinking I’ll be happier when I have –

  • a new job
  • a partner
  • more money
  • a new car

but really at the end of the day, I like what I’ve got and where I am, and when I remind myself of that I’m happier.  Imagine if we could all do this every day, what a different place the world would be.

Desire is the root cause of all suffering

I think Buddha was spot on when he said Desire is the root cause of all suffering.  Desire makes us want more and when we don’t have more we suffer. How could I be depressed and not celebrating when I am healthy, living my dream, have my family and am doing something I truly love? How could anyone want more?

I can’t answer all the questions but I am slowly understanding that with a little patience I will be far happier with what I have today and not what I think I will need tomorrow.

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Peter is the Founder of MoneyBrilliant, stupidly optimistic and believes he can help change the world by empowering everyone through better money management.

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