Time moves SO fast, yet SO slow. It really depends on your frame of mind. Like when you don’t want summer to end time speeds by like a blip on our radar. When it comes to waiting for something, for instance, the end of a tragically long winter, time moves like a snail in quicksand. How to you keep from driving ourselves crazy???
Since I launched my business nine months ago I feel like time as gone fast—so much to do and not enough time to do it. And slow—why hasn’t the business grown faster? In reality, nine months is a drop of time in the life of a business. It’s my impatience and the perception that after nine months I should “be there” that is making ME crazy.
I’ve been reading the book “Pour Your Heart Into It”, by Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks. While it might seem like Starbucks was an “overnight” success, the coffee giant was actually many years in the making. Starbucks was founded in 1985 (although it went by a different name for the first two years of business). In 1987 Howard Schultz bought Starbucks Coffee Company and took on that name for his chain of coffee stores. In 1992 Starbucks had grown enough to go public on the stock exchange. It wasn’t until 2005 that Starbucks hit the Midwest—twenty years after the first store was opened in Seattle.
So what does this mean to you? It means that overnight successes are more a perception than a reality. It means that there is a process of learning, growth, set-backs, change, realignments, and progress. Rather than rushing through it and wanting everything to happen “right now”, you have to trust the process, take time for due diligence and enjoy every day of the journey. This is true not only in business but in life.
You can’t control time. All you can do is sit back and enjoy the ride.