Just as there are highly ambitious people who will, when they get close to achieving a goal, succumb to self-doubt, I suspect there is a sizable group that alternates between impatience and patience.
After all, few people are patient or impatient all the time. My guess is that many of us are in a sub-group which has a 90 percent Patient/10 percent Impatient mode. We are hugely patient about most matters but quite impatient about a few. Those can be divided even further into Things That Always Trigger Impatience, Things That Occasionally Do So and, of course, Things That Never Do.
What are my triggers?
- Management books that don't get to the point. Do I really need to read a story about a kid's science project before the author lets slip some insight?
- Speakers that don't get to the point. Put me down as a Calvin Coolidge fan.
- Meetings that don't get to the point. I'm beginning to see a trend.