Sometimes you face a problem or a frustrating situation and you don’t have the solution. We all face those scenarios and we all feel their pain. Although we might want the answer right now, sometimes the solution is elusive. In those situations, we must discipline ourselves to do some waiting. David Linde (CEO of Participant Media) articulates a life lesson that neatly summarizes this concept (“How Did I Get Here?: David Linde” Bloomberg Businessweek, 5/23/16–5/29/16, p. 72):

Give yourself time, and you’ll find the answer.

In our always-on, constantly connected, Google-empowered, instant results world, that can be a tough pill to swallow. Nevertheless, some answers simply take time. Maybe we need to think deeper and longer. Maybe another person has the solution. Maybe the solution will be different and better tomorrow. Maybe we need to do more research. Maybe we cannot recognize the solution today, but we will tomorrow.

Instant answers are overrated. Embrace the waiting. In my experience, some of the best answers take time to ferment before bearing their fruit. That means that the wait was worth it.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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