While You Wait

“Waiting doesn’t mean do nothing; it means get prepared.” — Joel Osteen

My good friend Marquez tweeted this quote the other day and it made me think about all the times people have told me to “wait my turn” and be patient. And they are right; one does need patience in order to endure what most see as life’s downtime. But, in actuality, there is no downtime. Even when you’re waiting on your next position or your next raise or your next instruction, you can be preparing yourself for whatever it may be. You can be developing your leadership skills and enhancing your ability to speak. You can be disciplining your spending habits and working toward a more fit lifestyle. Shoot, you could be cleaning your home because clutter in home and clutter in one’s life generally correlate (Source: Peter Walsh).

There is so much to do while we wait. As a culture we have to change the definition of “wait.” It starts with small things. While we’re in waiting rooms, we have to be reading books. While we’re on public transportation, we have to be listening to motivational speakers and professional role models while taking notes on points that they hit that resonate with us. Eric Thomas said on one of his mixtapes that everyone has 24 hours in a day and the difference between Oprah and the guy who is broke is how they use their 24 hours (paraphrased). Oprah didn’t start off where she is now but when she got here, she had used her time to prepare. So, even if you’re not in the field that you want to be in now, why aren’t you reading about it still? Remain up to date on happenings in the field. Read the books the college students are reading about it. It’s alwys better to stay ahead than to fall behind. Just make sure you’re doing something while you wait… it just might reduce the amount of time you spend waiting.

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