The Secret Handbook 4 Teens

Dreams not coming true fast enough? Be patient. These things take time.


All great achievements require time. – Maya Angelou

I don’t know about you but I can get pretty impatient pretty quickly. Whether it’s picking the wrong line  in a store or getting stuck behind a slow driver, I like things to happen quickly and according to MY schedule. As you can imagine, this can become an issue when trying to achieve longer term goals because progress is not always  immediately obvious and sometimes not obvious at all.

Adding to this, we live in a society where things happen fast and where our needs are met just as quickly. Need information or directions? Your smart phone can give it to you in mere seconds. This too makes it equally frustrating when we’re trying to achieve a goal and it doesn’t happen overnight. We expect immediate results.

What history has shown us though is that most great achievements take time. Diseases aren’t cured overnight. Most great inventions have been worked on for years and years without a breakthrough. Books take time to write. Paintings and sculptures are not created in a 24 hour period. The iPhone didn’t spring to life just because Steve Jobs thoughts about it.  Great achievements requires time and effort (oh and faith and desire too).

What would have happened if these writers, painters, artists and inventors all just gave up because they didn’t see immediate progress? That’s why you can’t give up either. If you have a dream to be the next Selena Gomez, have a plan, stick to it and be patient. I could obviously go on and on with examples but at the end of the day, great achievements requires constant work, dedication, a solid plan, faith, desire and, perhaps most importantly, patience.

Think about your goals and dreams? Do you give up because you don’t see immediate results? Do you have enough patience? Did you ever come close to achieving something but didn’t because it just didn’t happen fast enough? Give it time young grasshopper. Give it time.



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