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Society's Problem With Patience
"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet" - Jean-Jacques Rousseau There has been such a radical shift in human behaviour since the advent of the digital age that we seem to have forgotten one of humanity's time honoured traits: Patience.

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Patience

Patience is the simple recognition that things take time. That achieving greatness and creating a masterpiece takes time. It takes the ability and willingness to be frustrated. To overcome difficul...

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Overnight success stories

Media feeds us the idea of the overnight success stories that make it seem that in just a few weeks or months, someone could become a billionaire or a superstar.

They fail to highlight the ye...

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Technology is making us impatient

Our brains are being re-wired by the constant distraction & interaction with digital devices

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Busy With Short Attention Spans

We all have mastered the art of being busy, with zero or little attention spans, and are getting incapable of focusing on and pursuing a singular goal.

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Leo Tolstoy

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” 

Leo Tolstoy

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