It’s been a while since I last wrote something. Things have been picking up but I finally have a moment to sit down and write about what’s been on my mind lately.
Many of us feel like to world is moving extremely fast around us. Through the lens of social media, we see the moves that thousands of people are making and wonder if we’re keeping up with them or getting left behind. Rest assured, a lot of people in your feed or timeline likely feel the same way.
You have to remind yourself that often times, what people put out to the world is not what is truly going on. That is why I created Beleduins. To be real with everyone about the struggle, grit, hard work, and failure that’s going to happen along the way. To get past all of that, you have to be patient.
They say good things will come to those who wait.
This can be true but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work for it at the same time.
Good things come to those who grind and are patient.
Patience, to me, doesn’t just mean waiting around for the opportunity.
Patience means consistently grinding despite the failures and rejections you may get.
I want to bring you back into my mind about two months ago. For the next minute or so, pretend it’s April.
Some of you know that I’m a full-time student. I’m going to finish my master’s program in a few weeks and have been applying for jobs and opportunities in most of my free time. Even though I’ve had several interviews, I haven’t had a single offer despite the positive feedback I get each time. You can imagine the stress I feel. Not knowing if I’m going to have a job or not after I graduate.
How will I pay my rent? How will I pay my bills? How am I going to feed myself?
These nagging thoughts filled my mind every day.
Now let’s bring it back to today.
I received my first job offer in the first week of May and a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. I no longer had the question: how will I survive?
In the midst of all things, before that call came in with my job offer, I was constantly climbing a rugged mountainside with little to no equipment. I never knew where the top was, how far I came, how much further I had to go. The only thing I had with me was my patience and my desire to achieve my definition of success.
While it’s important to reach for what you want and take strides in achieving your goals, things will not always happen right away. I received at least 10-15 job rejections before I got my first offer. That does not decrease my value or what I have to offer but it only increases the importance of being patient.
Finding the balance between patience and ambition is a tricky thing. Only you can find the middle ground for that, however, when you put those two things together, great things can happen.