Let me assert, that a patient man is always richer than an impatient one, even if the patient man has less money. What do I mean by that statement? Well, riches, success, progress and wealth can take other forms besides dollars and pounds. In what sense is the patient man more prosperous or wealthy? The answer is. A patient man is always richer than the impatient one because the patient man can still afford to wait. The waiting period makes them powerful because they develop character and endurance and faithfulness. The patient man is never desperate. The patient man has time to spare, while the man in a hurry is always on the verge of bankruptcy as far as time is concerned.
In any situation you can think of, impatience is a source of weakness and fear, while patience represents substance and strength.
Moreover, here’s another reason why patience gives the person who has it an incalculable advantage over those who don’t have it: It gives him a more in-depth insight into himself and others, which is a mark of philosophical refinement. If you can only see the short term if you think only in terms of the here and now, then you are stuck in one place. You can’t judge distances. You live in a world that’s flat and two-dimensional. In other words, the impatient person lacks all sense of perspective.
If you can only see the short term if you think only in terms of the here and now, then you are stuck in one place.
Perspective lets you measure your current plans against things that have already occurred and against your desires and aspirations for the future. Then and now, here and there, near and far, need and know, watch and wait—these are the dual optics that allow the patient man to see in stereo. The nearsighted person sees only the present; the fantasizer sees just an imaginary future and, more likely than not, trips over his mistakes trying to get there.
Patience enables you to see the big picture. It helps you to make the most of today while building a better tomorrow. For that reason, it’s one of the most valuable equities of all, one that you should make every effort to acquire. The payoff will be worth it. Patience pays in the long term.