When you are getting your business started and you are struggling for cash and your in-laws are starting making faces at you, or you are not sure if you will be able to pay the rent this month, you don’t even know why you are still living in the posh suburbs in Sandton to begin with and you start thinking of moving back home in Mamelodi.
It’s easy when you are under such pressure to say: You know what, I need to go faster and faster and get more clients, small clients, to pick more scraps. Sometimes what that does is it gives you the ability to start small, grow and get to the next level.
But sometimes what that does is it makes you a scrap collector (always collecting small clients) and not really growing.
One of the things we see when we look at the work of people who have put really big ideas, who have built amazing businesses, is they got there by being patiently impatient or impatiently patient whichever way you want to juxtapose it.
If you look around at the books you read, the blogs you read or the people you respect in business or organisations you want to work with, you realise that:
The myth of the overnight success is just that, A MYTH.
The recently listed twitter was once a failure, a complete failure for two years. Nobody used it. If the founders of Twitter took the mindset of if it doesn’t work in two weeks, we will have to look at something else, we never would have heard of twitter.
Rome was not built in one day, but it was built nevertheless.