You won’t accomplish your goal today. Nor tomorrow. It’s too bad, but it’s a fact. So you’ve got to move on. No, not to something else. You’ve got to move on and act. You should undertake the needed steps. There’s no point in trying to succeed quickly. You won’t.
Why? Because time will always prevail. No matter how hard you try, some things just take time. A goal? It’s one of those things. And that’s why you have to learn to be patient.
Do you want an example of that? Here’s one that couldn’t be truer, from Warren Buffet:
“No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.” — Warren Buffett
Being in a hurry not only won’t produce anything of quality, but it’ll also make you miss details.
It all comes down to details
Small steps. Small actions. Small results. Small mistakes to fix. Tiny bits of time.
Every single thing in life is composed of small parts to tackle. You can’t do anything well in a hurry. Some things will fly off the radar as soon as you start to be in a rush.
Want to learn a language? You’ll need to be able to read the language’s script. To learn to pronounce it. To understand the grammar. To know specific sentence patterns. To recognize nuances. To understand the underlying meanings caused by cultural differences. Of course, you’ll also need to learn the vocabulary.
To become fluent? You’ll need all the above and much more. It’ll take time. Years, if not decades. And every detail you tackle will get you closer to your goal.
If you want to be fluent in 3 months, you’re in for quite the disappointment… and will certainly quit before you do realize that goal.
Every goal you have will need to be cut into small bites to handle. One by one. Slowly, but surely.
If you were to skip a part of the basics of a language, you’d end up stuck before you realize it. Make sure you always stay on track.
Once you recognize the need to handle small bites, you can start appreciating each one as they come. The journey becomes easier, more manageable, and above all, fun.
Focusing only on the final goal will make you miss all the beauty in the journey toward the goal.
Do you want to speak a language and be bothered every time you do? Do you want to have written a book and hated every part of the process? Do you want to launch your startup and regret it in 5 months?
If you’re not going to learn to be patient for another reason, at least do it to avoid regrets of having hurried too much.
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Mathias Barra is a French polyglot living in Japan, who has learned 6 languages and dabbled in many others. Being a curious child full of wonders is how he keeps on learning and can’t stop sharing every tiny idea or discovery.