Learn – Simon Sinek

Author and Leadership expert Simon Sinek describes the lack of patience young adults have towards making an impact at their entry-level jobs, once they have completed their university degrees. He goes into detail on how patience is the most important skill that young adults need to acquire to see that they make the desired grand impact at any job they work at.

Everything you want, you can have instantaneously. Everything you want, instant gratification, except job satisfaction and strength of relationships. There ain’t no out for that. They are slow, meandering, uncomfortable, messy processes, and so I keep meeting these wonderful, fantastic, idealistic, hardworking, smart kids. They’ve just graduated school. They’re in their entry level job. I sit down with them and I go, “How’s it going?” They go, “I think I’m gonna quit.” I’m like, “Why?” They’re like, “I’m not making an impact.” I’m like, “You’ve been here eight months.” It’s as if they’re standing at the foot of a mountain, and they have this abstract concept called impact that they want to have in the world, which is the summit. What they don’t see is the mountain. I don’t care if you go up the mountain quickly or slowly, but there’s still a mountain.

What this young generation needs to learn is patience, that some things that really, really matter, like love, or job fulfillment, joy, love of life, self-confidence, a skillset, any of these things. All of these things take time. Sometimes you can expedite pieces of it, but the overall journey is arduous, and long, and difficult, and if you don’t ask for help and learn that skillset, you will fall off the mountain.”

– Simon Sinek