[Blogging Mindset] Patience is a Virtue2 min read

In case you do not have the time to read this entire post, then you should know that people usually work for years and years before becoming an overnight success.

And you must too.

That’s it.

Now, for the rest of this article.

Patience is not just about waiting.

The truth of the matter is that goals almost always take longer to accomplish than our most pessimistic expectations. That’s just how it is, especially when attempting something new or ambitious.

I know, because my first blog, I quit after three posts, and no likes or comments whatsoever.

Would I ever recommend quitting after only three posts? Heck, no. But I had no patience. I wanted it now.

Anyway… the truth is that the best mindset to have is one of having to work and work and work and try and fail and try and fail and do this until you feel like giving up, really give up, and never type anything longer than a few sentences, and to know that we you reach that point, you’re only getting started.

Oftentimes, in blogging or life, success is simply the matter of slowly building a bridge over a river. Of tears. Of your own tears.

Patient and impatient

What I suggest is that you are patient in an impatient way. Sort-of. Give me a minute to explain.

Work like you are going to die tomorrow.

It’s showtime.

The sun’s up, and you have to write something.

What if the post you’re currently working on is going to be your last? Would you be proud of it? Would you want others to remember you by this last post? Is it just a meh blog post? Is something you just had to write? Or you wrote it because you had to write something?

To paraphrase the great Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, you could leave life right now…

Use this sense of urgency to work as hard as you can, to create content that you are proud of, to write your heart out about the stuff that matters to you, to punch the damn keys because your time on this earth is limited…

And all the while you must be aware of the fact that success is going to take longer than you fear in your nightmares. To expect that it’s going to take the kind of effort that will make you wonder if you are still human…

Cristian Mihai

Became Internet famous by the age of 23. Never recovered. I write short author bios all over the web. I’m an acquired taste. Don’t like me? Acquire some taste.

38 thoughts on “[Blogging Mindset] Patience is a Virtue2 min read

  1. I love the building a bridge slowly over a river of tears; your tears xD Like, it describes it perfectly. At least, for me. I think blogging forces you to be patient because what else can you do but continue or quit? When I first started blogging I went about it all wrong. Had no damn clue what I was doing and then i slowly found out how to do it. Hard work and patience.

    Its not an easy road but at the end of it i truly believe will be a pot of priceless gold. And if it isn’t…well, then i’d just jump off that bridge and drown in my tears lol

    1. Well, when we start something we usually have no idea what we’re getting ourselves into. It’s just how it is. Even if something seems easy, even if we are consumers (reading blogs is entirely different from writing them), even if we have help, there’s still a pretty steep learning curve, especially in the beginning.

  2. Never gonna give you up
    Never gonna let you down
    Never gonna run around and desert you
    Never gonna make you cry
    Never gonna say goodbye
    Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

  3. So true! I think you could also expand that thought to life itself. I think there’s a Buddhist saying that goes like: “To live is to live as if it was your last day on Earth”. I like that, and I very much liked the idea of long term build-up. Too much TV-movies nowadays telling people that they can get everything right now, and that is so painful to discover that life doesn’t work like that.

    1. Hi Corinne,

      Most of the things that are part of the [Blogging Mindset] series can be applied to life itself. The mindset required to win at blogging also enables one to win at life.

  4. In the beginning it is frustrating to upload a fantastic blogpost and have almost no readers. I guess that is what you mean by patience. Furthermore, when things are moving up there is a big risk to become complacent. By that I mean that you think it is OK to post some lesser material once in a while. The sad truth is that a blogger is seen as good as his/her last (2?3?) blogposts.

    1. Well, it is frustrating, but the bitter truth is that no one writes fantastic posts from the start. So those posts are not that good to begin with. Also, if you compromise, you will lose readers.

  5. Not to quote an old cliche, but “patience is a virtue” is certainly true in the blogging realm as it is in life.

    Nothing in life comes easy and or usually very quick. Hard work, determination and yes, a sense of urgency are all part of it at times. I tell people, at least those who listen, to think of things at times like cooking a prime rib roast. If one thinks cooking it fast at 400 degrees will give you melt in your meat – wrong. You get essentially shoe leather. Cooking it slow with low heat, results in meat that melts in your mouth. It takes time and the right amount of work.

    Again, thanks for taking the time and effort to share your experience with others.

    1. And what comes fast doesn’t last because we don’t appreciate it, we don’t understand it, and we don’t know how to maintain it. That’s why most lottery winners end up losing all they’ve won.

  6. Yeah. I remember a quote I read from Lionel Messi – “It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success” – that pretty much sums it up.

    Just like the Chinese bamboo that takes years growing roots, then suddenly shoots out, and grows fast.

  7. I really identify with the idea of remaining patient. Professionally, I am a content writer but found it quite hard to handle a blog because even though I could always meet external deadlines to consistently create content for my blog was a struggle.

    It was not until recently that I got determined to stick to having a blog, I like writing and I like to share my work and now I’m running a blog that I love and I have everything mapped out to ensure consistency…I learned the hard way that passion can only take you so far, hard work does too (this was after I had started and deleted about 2 blogs prior to this😂)

    Patience is a virtue.

    1. Well, you only need to force yourself until it becomes a habit. Once in motion, you will want to stay in motion, and giving up will be the most difficult choice.

  8. The brutal and honest truth is that you may never reach success with your blog! But that shouldn’t stop you from working hard and putting in your best effort.

  9. I will die with my blog full of meh blog posts of my daily life. The truth it, most of my days are ordinary, poor, and only rare food.

    Not everything we write can be our magnum opus. Sometimes, we just need to get it out. That’s living, that’s life.

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