Impatient much?  


Do you ever feel like you’ve been waiting a long time for something to happen?

The feeling you have tried and tried and tried, but nothing is materialising?

Where the ol’ adage “persistence pays off” is wearing thin, even to your own ears?

And the next person who says “good things come to those that wait” is going to get a slap around the chops?

Yeah, me too.

But before you throw in the towel, here are 5 interesting things which take forever to happen – and are normally worth the wait when they do.

1. The Madagascar palm (Tahina spectabilis). This incredibly unique plant grows to enormous proportions, dies after fruiting, and flowers only once – after 100 years of growing that is!

What makes this tree especially unique is it was only discovered in 2008. Before then, it flowered so rarely, people didn’t even notice it was different.

2. A 90 year research project: Watching genius blossom.

In 1921, psychologist Lewis Terman of Stanford University in California, started tracking more than 1,500 gifted children (as identified by the Stanford–Binet IQ test he developed) born between 1900 and 1925.

It was one of the world’s first longitudinal studies. It has now accrued the longest in-depth record of human development, having tracked the participants for nine decades.

Click here to see to other research projects that have (and are continuing to take) a very long time.

3. A woman experiencing labour – particularly the pesky transition phase. For those of us who have experienced child birth, we know hours and even minutes can seem like decades. But the end result is so worth the wait.

4. Amazing business stories.  See here for just a short list of very famous and successful people who had patience and persistence by the bucket load – and achieved monumental heights because of it.

If you’re wondering whether it’s wise to give up or continue to try, here for some food for thought.

Finally, if nothing else on your Friday, watch this little fella to give you some inspiration.  I can’t think of a more wonderful example of persistence paying off, so make sure watch the whole clip (it only takes a minute).

Did this article resonate with you? Think someone you know could find it valuable? How about sharing it?

Leave a Comment

Recent Posts from The Leader's Digest

Suzi McAlpine

Suzi McAlpine is a Leadership Development Specialist and author of the award-winning leadership blog, The Leader’s Digest. She writes and teaches about accomplished leadership, what magic emerges when it’s present, and how to ignite better leadership in individuals, teams and organisations. Suzi has been a leader and senior executive herself, working alongside CEOs and executive teams in a variety of roles. Her experience has included being a head-hunter, an executive coach, and a practice leader for a division at the world’s largest HR consulting firm. Suzi provides a range of services as a Leadership Development Specialist, including executive coaching, leadership workshops and development programmes for CEOs, leadership teams and organisations throughout New Zealand.

Welcome to

The Leader's Digest

Subscribe to The Leader’s Digest

Receive trending leadership topics and tips, straight to your inbox.

Please enter your name.
Please enter a valid email address.
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.

Internationally Recognised


The Leader's Digest App