One of the many things I learned when I started my entrepreneurial journey was to dream big. Dreaming big is really exciting. You know what you are waking up for and what you need to accomplish each day. Your life begins to have purpose.
But, dreaming big is also a struggle. When you're dreaming big, it's easier to get impatient with your progress and your results. There are more doubts and fears than ever before. There are more moments of failure and discouragement and we feel them even more because of our impatience.
When you're dreaming big, you need to be more patient - with yourself, with your dreams, and with your progress. You need to believe that everything will fall into its proper place at the right time. After all, there's a time for everything, including your success.
“No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen." – Epictetus.
Ambitious people live ten years in the future. Patience isn’t our greatest virtue. Stoicism stressed living in accordance to our inner flow, and also to the external flow of life. Patience is not the enemy of productivity.
Constantly trying to find shortcuts will send you round in circles. Quality often gets sacrificed on the altar of rapid development. Excitement can cause ignorance toward necessary procedures.
Giving something an extra day can make a great deal of difference.
Read the full article: These 7 Lessons From the Ancient Stoics Are Relevant for Entrepreneurs Today by Thai Nguyen on Entrepreneur.com
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