Patience a major ingredient in your business journey
In his timeless classic, The 48 Laws of Power, Robert Greene tells of a story that extols the virtue of patience in the pursuit of any goal. It is a story of a famous 17 century painter, Chou Yung who travelled to a town that lay across the river from his own town.
He was bringing some important books and papers with him and had commissioned a young boy to help him carry them. As the ferry neared the other side of the river, Yung asked the boatman if they would have time to get to the town before its gates closed, since it was a mile away and the night was approaching.
The boatman glanced at the boy, and at the bundle of loosely tied papers and books – “Yes,” he replied, “if you do not walk too fast.”
As they started out, however, the sun was setting. Afraid of being locked out of the town at night, prey to local bandits, Chou, and the boy walked faster and faster, finally breaking into a run…
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Murori Kiunga is an SME consultant, trainer and motivational speaker. He has authored several books on personal finance, entrepreneurship and personal success. He writes a weekly column in The Business Daily every Tuesday. He is also the founder and CEO of Queenex Publishers Ltd.