“Good things come to those who wait.” It popped into my head a while ago and I haven’t been able to shake it. Good things… come to those who…wait? You mean …sit still (look pretty)… and wait? Yup – just throwing in a Daya joke there too.
Hmm. Okay. I have to admit this motto drives me bonkers. Maybe some very specific good things can come to those who wait (like if you’re waiting for an egg to hatch of something random), but does this apply to the great things in life? I don’t think anything great was ever achieved by just waiting. The greatest things come from building relationships; taking the time for collaboration and hard work; making difficult decisions for the betterment of things, and having an excellent support network.
Perhaps the subtext of the “good things” motto is more about having patience and perseverance. Things don’t happen immediately. Greatness is not achieved overnight. You can’t get from A to B without zigzagging and having ups and downs. It’s never a straight path (or an easy path for that matter) to the good things…
“Good things come to those who wait.”
Right now, my Master of Education courses have taken over my life. I have been back to student life with late nights, copious amounts of reading and hammering out assignments. As I sat at my desk the other night (still at the office) until 10:30 pm I even had that moment of thinking, “what the heck did I decide to do this for?” But you see… Good things don’t come to those who wait. Good things come to those who grab life by the horns and work their asses off.
If you want great things to happen, they aren’t going to come to you as you are sitting and waiting. Individuals and organizations that are striving for greatness and progression in life aren’t sitting around waiting. They couldn’t. They wouldn’t. And frankly, they shouldn’t. They are out there taking risks, getting their hands dirty and getting results because of it.
Sure – the great thing might not happen tomorrow, but to those who embrace adversity and grit? The best things are bound to come.