We all have this magical grand idea that when we have this feeling of passion that everything will click. We believe that with passion, everything we touch will turn into gold, that everything will be successful, that everything we do will be done easily and effectively, and that everything we do will be accepted by people.
That’s not how it works. Passion takes patience.
But how exactly does passion take patience?
- You have to be patient with time.
Everything is not according to your timeline.
When making goals, we tend to expect that everything will go according to plan.
In my experience, one of my vices has been making plans. I keep a long list of my goals, both short-term and long-term, from a one-year plan to five, and even up to ten years. I like having everything outlined and I tend to set a time for each of my goals.
My goal was simple. Get into the workforce, save, invest, have my own place, and more. However, things started to change when I started Team Lyqa. I knew that there will be certain aspects I’d have to surrender and that things won’t go the way I wanted it to happen, but it’s okay.
2. You have to be patient with other people.
This is probably the biggest struggle. You will encounter people who are demanding, people who will not agree with you, and people who are built to oppose you.
Although I work by myself, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t people like that. If you get a snippet of my life or of what goes on behind the scenes or the kind of people I interact with, there are those who are negative, unsupportive, bashful, and people who don’t know what it took before where I got to where I am now.
These people cannot be avoided and if you’re not patient with those people, you will start to act up, hate what you do, second-guess, and feel insecure towards yourself.
This is something I learned the hard way. I get negative comments when I make mistakes when I can’t meet their expectations or just negative things about myself and my lessons. I’d feel discouraged, sad for a few days, and I’d stop making videos. And this is why you need to be patient with these people.
Look at the long term. If you’re really passionate about what you’re doing, that one person or that number won’t matter because to give up everything just for their sake is not worth it.
3. You have to be patient with yourself. (the most important)
Not everything is easy. Not everything that you will learn, you will understand right away. Not everything you do will succeed. Not everything you say is correct. And as someone who is very insecure and not used to talking in front of a lot of people, I realized that I can only cope with myself and that I have to grow. I have to change in order to be successful.
If your pace is not fast when learning, that’s okay. You have to be patient with yourself.
So, even if you fail, even if other people don’t believe in you, or even if things don’t happen according to plan, that’s okay. Keep going, because that’s what being passionate truly means.