“Good things come to those who wait” is pretty much antithetical to so much of our Amazon Prime cultural mentality prevailing these days. While the overnight successes of YouTube and Instagram make for good buzz in the feeds, the truth is things that really matter usually take a long time to gestate and mature into fullness.
And most often, the things that stand the test of time are rarely recognized right away. Because what is truly impactful generally runs counter to what’s known and accepted, popularity is almost always inversely proportional to the genius of lasting quality.
What’s taking longer than you might have expected to come to fruition in your work life or personal sphere right now? Do you ever scroll through your social feeds and feel like everyone else is just so far ahead in the race? Like you’re just never going to get to where you really want to be? I know I sure do many days but take heart, dear friends, some things just take a little more time.
WATCH: I’ve been a fan of both Ryan Holiday and Marie Forleo’s work for some time now, so it was really cool to see them come together for a quality chat about a range of topics including apprenticeship/mentorship, taking the long view of our work and being grateful for the hard stuff, too. Thanks to my friend and superstar colleague, Chloe Dolandis for hipping me to this interview.
READ: I’d highly recommend picking up a copy of Ryan’s first book, The Obstacle is The Way, to immerse yourself in his highly relevant and digestible (even fun!) take on Stoic Philosophy, but for a taste of his approach to these ideas, here’s a great post from his blog about using this mindset to help navigate the modern workplace.
LISTEN: My special lady friend, Rebekah, has exquisite taste in music and has been feeding me lots of excellent selections lately, but one of my very favorites (and so fitting for this week’s theme to boot) is Gregory Alan Isakov’s beautiful meditation on the passing of time, “Time Will Tell.”
“Keep your hand on the wheel
And through it all, somewhere we knew
Well, time will tell, she’ll see us through.”
Make this week magnificent!