First Business

September 21, 2010

Patience is a virtue but maybe not in business.

I was recently talking to a fellow business person about hobbies, and we discovered we both competed in triathlons. As we talked a bit more, I mentioned that my favorite hobby, however, is musky fishing. She said, "Boy, you must really be patient!"

Muskies are sometimes known as "the fish of 10,000 casts," and while that might be a bit of a stretch, most days on the water, you don’t catch a fish. I chuckled at the irony, because if you ask my wife or the people I work with, they would all say I am very impatient. I started thinking about the phrase, "patience is a virtue." Is this true? Sometimes, but in the business world, I think it might be the opposite.
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