Patience they say is a virtue.  The test of patience cannot be quantified using any parameters known to man this is because patience is elastic and tend to the limit of an individual’s temperament.

In our world today given the rapid pace and the need to keep abreast of changes as they occur, there seems to be a continuous evolution of new dynamics of a general perception of life.  This is because technology has taken a different dimension and has transformed the way we live, interact, do business, education, and so on.  This has nonetheless created a sense of an accelerated approach to our daily endeavors.

The dynamism of transformation in this dispensation is a revelation that when you are not following the trend you are left behind.  The question here is where do patience and virtue converge and their beneficial purposes.  In this article, we shall look at this trend and how its impact or lives in terms of productivity and success

Why Patience

Wordweb dictionary defined patience as “Good-natured tolerance of delay”.  This goes to state that patience signifies “Good-natured tolerance” in this case, the fact remains that there is a positive qualifier that qualifies good-natured.  Alternatively, it is not all tolerance or delay that is positive.    Patience, in my opinion, is like a piece of elastic material.  When you stretch an elastic material, it keeps stretching until it reaches its elastic limit. It can no longer return to its original normal state at this point, i.e. its elastic limit point.  This is where emotional intelligence becomes paramount.

The human decision-making process is usually influenced by knowledge, logical reasoning as well as experience/exposure to related disciplines.  This is well corroborated by the reality that the average number of books read by a CEO every year is 60, or five books per month.  It is not only to improve knowledge but also to interrelate knowledge with logical connections for success.  This is the bedrock upon which critical decisions are made. 

Elon Musk also concurred “Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.”  Also in one of his famous comments, Bill Gates noted, “Patience is a key element of success.” Success is typically the consequence of numerous trials and errors, as well as numerous failures. In other words, patience.

Successful individuals have the patience to persevere through all of the frustrating moments along the path.  This is because the result of persistency in a good-natured activity is always SUCCESS.  It is quite remarkable in a way how we can relate patience with success.  However, to what extent can the elasticity of patience be adjudged whether positivity or otherwise.

How does it relate to Elasticity?

The general perception of patience varies by individual temperament – hence it is a critical ingredient in leadership modeling.  In one of his famous quotes, Nelson Mandela quipped “I learned to have the patience to listen when people put forward their views, even if I think those views are wrong.  You can’t reach a just decision in a dispute unless you listen to both sides.” 

As a result, dynamic patterns should be followed with patience to have a complete understanding of the various interconnected sides. Persistence isn’t the ability to stand still, but rather the ability to maintain a positive attitude while waiting.

Being patient allows you enough time to rest your thoughts and think clearly. As a result, your tasks will be improved throughout, and you will be pleased with the results. Still not convinced? So, keep reading to find out how patience might help you be more productive.

Some ways patience can improve productivity

Complete your tasks/projects

When you lack patience, you are prone to giving up on projects. The smallest impediment drives you to move on to the next work, leaving the previous one incomplete. Be patient enough to complete what you start before taking on new things.

Presence of mind

It is patience at any moment that enables us to focus and be attentive.  If you find yourself asking people what they just said or if they can repeat that last part, you aren’t living in the moment. You aren’t present and that leads to repetition and missed opportunities.

Creative mind

Patience results in creative/innovative ideas and solutions. When your mind is at ease, it frequently generates its most brilliant thoughts. Tough problems are frequently addressed by pausing just long enough for your brain to examine another option or response that you had not previously considered.

Better relationship

Patience will enhance your interpersonal skills.  You will have better relations with society. The fact is that concerning perseverance, society has lost its normal mutual courtesy.  Consider what you would do, how you will feel before reacting to someone else’s behavior if the table reversed.


You are more considerate when you are patient. Your mind isn’t racing ahead to the next duty. You can pause and consider what you should be doing. Or how you wish to react to the current scenario.


The need to be prudent in decision-making is akin to ensuring that relative patience is exercised to a tolerable level that will not create unwanted consequences.  It is profound that in pursuance of success, you should be very apt and resilient leveraging on the interconnection and interrelation of knowledge and experience in decision making.  Phillips Brooks in his admonitions said: “Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.”

Making an effort to live patiently every day will make you more effective at what you do while also making your life easier and productive.