I am not a patient person – it’s in my nature to stay in motion so I don’t like waiting in line. I don’t like waiting on someone else to get ready. I don’t like waiting in traffic. I definitely don’t like riding behind someone driving slow in the passing lane. (See Urban Dictionary for the term for this person.)

There’s a lot of waiting in my business. Waiting for someone to

….return a call.

….complete a task.

……make a decision.

Looking for a job involves a lot of hurry up and wait. It’s just part of the process.

I’m trying to train myself to be more patient by first asking myself why I’m in such a hurry. Is what I’m doing or where I’m going that time sensitive? If it is, did I leave myself enough time?

Another strategy is to simply appreciate the opportunity to wait. My commute is time I can use to listen to a podcast, or just sit in silence. Why rush that?

While you wait for someone to respond to your application why not do some research on the company & see what might get you excited about working there? Waiting give you time to find someone on the inside that can help.

While you wait for one employer to interview other candidates there might be another opportunity that is a better match for you. RiverPoint interviewed me in April 2000 and said no. I got impatient and took a job I hated. Thankfully that job ended, and when I reconnected with RiverPoint in the fall of 2000 they said yes.

Patience ultimately comes from being at peace with things out of your control. That peace comes from uncovering hidden opportunities in the waiting.

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