Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patience is waiting your turn, enduring hardship, difficulty or inconvenience without complaint and with calmness and self-control; the willingness and ability to tolerate delay.

Sometimes our passion for efficiency and desire for immediate effective action produces the unintended consequence of being impatient. Reacting quickly in the moment can become a habitual style reinforced by seeming to get a lot done. We forget that what may seem slower (by taking time now to patiently listen) often results in a faster (more comprehensive and accepted) result.

Patience can be learned, and developed by following the tips like these from

If you or someone with whom you work exhibit these behaviors, seeking the advice and tips at provides a quick remedy:

  • Poor stress management skills which contribute to feeling rushed, frantic or reactive
  • Judging and criticizing others; perceiving others as an obstacle
  • Feeling pressured by tight deadlines
  • Hot-tempered, easily irritated or annoyed
  • Clueless as to how impatience affects others
  • Poor impulse control

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