Welcome to Car Talk. This is not talking about cars, this is talking inside of a car. Today’s topic is about the value of patience. Now I’m not gonna go out there and pretend that I am this huge businessman, huge entrepreneur, world-changing person, I’m not.
I have carved out a little piece of paradise for myself and my family, and I’m content with that. However, in my younger days especially, I always searched out the shortcuts, the short path, the overnight money, the double your money overnight, the become a millionaire right away. I used to search those things out. And I didn’t realize until later in my life, right around now, that there is no shortcut to success. Am I successful now, by some people’s standards, yes by my own I haven’t even scratched the surface yet. But it’s reality that these things take time, and I think people get themselves in pickles by trying to take the shortcuts and trying not to play in terms of years because that’s, I think really where business success comes from is playing for years for decades.
Because everything takes time. You have to build customers’ trust, you have to get recurring repeat business. All these things take years. Ironically, had I spent my younger days working on such long-term strategies, I’d probably have five times the money I have right now. So I’ve been there, I’ve made those mistakes, looking for the shortcuts, the overnight successes, and there are no shortcuts. Everything is hard work and time and patience. That’s the trifecta, hard work, time, and patience.
Had I learned that lesson when I was 22, who knows where I’d be today instead of spending the first 10 years, five years of my real life, entrepreneurial journey, searching out quick overnight profits, which I did, and I tried that whole everything you’ve thought of, I’ve probably already tried twice thinking I could game the system. And guess what, every time it didn’t work out because I never had the right mindset about long-term hard work, patience.
So learn from my mistakes. If you’re out there looking for the overnight success, if you’re out there looking to make a million bucks in a year, if you’re looking to do all these things, take my advice and please learn from my mistakes. Play for the long-term. Hard work, hard work, patience, everything takes time. Everything takes time. And by trying to shortcut out the patience, you short change yourself long-term whether you’re gonna end up buying an ice cream cone or owning the ice cream factory.
So you have to learn from where I have tried to take the shortcuts. Instead of taking the shortcuts when you’re earlier in your life, start playing long-term when you’re young, and you’ll be amazed at how far you are. You’ll be 10 times as far as me when you’re 34 if you start when you’re playing super long-term instead of starting when you’re 30 playing super long-term. I can’t imagine where I would be had I learned that lesson in my teenage years.
But live and learn. All you can do is learn and move forward, learn from your mistakes, learn from life, and go from there. So I implore you, please learn the value of patience. Please learn the value of patience. Don’t take shortcuts. Work hard and realize that everything good in business takes years playing the scales of years. Car Talk, Tyler Douthitt.