Is Patience Something That Entrepreneurs Need To Learn?

(By Adrian Swinscoe)

My impatience is also rooted in a belief that many of these young people have skills that businesses and organisations could use. However, many of them are not getting ahead as they either don’t have the right formal qualifications, have not had the right breaks or don’t have the right connections to break into the job market.

As I develop Building The Bridge, my nascent social enterprise, I’m learning a lot of new things, including a number of valuable lessons. One of which, is what I like to call “Patience for the impatient”.

Now, I often wonder if entrepreneurs or social entrepreneurs are, by their very nature, impatient creatures as they are all about creating change and making things happen. And, if it is their impatience for change that keep things moving forward.

In my case, my impatience (and frustration) comes from the fact that there are huge numbers of young people around the world that are unemployed. The extent of the numbers worry me. In particular, in Nigeria, over 60% of  young people between the ages of 18-29, are unemployed. That’s quite huge. But, what is also starting to worry me more is that youth unemployment is in danger of becoming a structural problem.

My impatience is also rooted in a belief that many of these young people have skills that businesses and organisations could use. However, many of them are not getting ahead as they either don’t have the right formal qualifications, have not had the right breaks or don’t have the right connections to break into the job market.

I think we need to do more to address this as the need is important, urgent and not going away fast.

But, my experience is that solving this problem, including our own efforts at Building The Bridge, is taking longer than I would like.

Why? Speaking from our own experience, it could be that we are lacking the right connections and knowledge of the environment that we find ourselves in. It is new to us after all. We know that that could be true and we are working on that.

It could also be true that we are encountering organisations that actually don’t move very fast. It’s not that they are humouring us or think what we are aiming to do has no value or will not work. In fact, the opposite seems to be true as we continue to receive very positive feedback on what we are trying to do and the approach we are taking.

This, however, does makes me feel like pounding the table sometimes. But, I know that in the words of Dale Carnegie that is not “How to Win Friends and Influence People”.

Therefore, I am learning to be, and resolving to be, patient however hard that might sometimes feel.

I believe we will get there. I believe that the problem can be solved. I believe that what we are doing will work too. But, what I also know is that I need to develop a little bit more patience.

What do you think? Have you found that patience has helped you on your entrepreneurial journey?

(Source: Forbes)

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