Learn to leave things on your plate

Learn to leave things on your plate
Patience is a virtue.

As cheesy as that phrase is, it’s so damn true. Taking the time to do something, and to do it well, is one of (if not the) most important thing about achieving your goals.

It’s all that matters.

Consistency, hard work, passion, patience.

They are all required to get you to the places you want to go.

The reason patience is so important, is because nobody has any anymore.

None at all.

Not even me.

This article is written in single lines so you can scan through the point of the story quicker.

Because if I wrote in continuous prose, you probably wouldn’t take the time to finish the article.

And that’s understandable.

In today’s technologically-fuelled, distracted and busy society, we’ve got shit to get done, and wasted time holds no value.

As a writer, however, patience is essential.

I realise this makes me a hypocrite. Trust me, you don’t need to point that out.

This article was written quickly, and it was written with the intention of becoming published. The process was merely a factor that reduced my time-to-publish, and I’ve done what I can to reduce that time.

And in honesty, I hate myself for not having patience. But I committed to an article a day and I’m sticking by it. I also know I can rest assured because all the other writing I do is process-driven.

But now I’m just self-justifying. I digress…

Everything you do can come down to one thing: how you do it.

Your attitude going into a new project or article will define the quality of the work.

Capote took four years to write ‘In Cold Blood’, and it changed American literature.

Joseph Heller took eight years to write ‘Catch 22’, and although I didn’t enjoy it, it was extremely influential.

If you’re writing because you want to arrive at a destination, I suggest you re-evaluate your reasons for writing in the first place.

There’s no race, no end-goal, only words on a paper, and then some.

Writing comes down to process. Nothing else matters.