Patience is NOT a Virtue

Throughout life the thought of patience as a virtue is not merely ingrained in our minds, but we are indoctrinated to think patience is one of the integral virtues we must possess. If I were to answer the demeaning and superfluous interview question of “what are your weaknesses,” which is intended to measure your degree of self-awareness, impatience would take utmost priority. I had the opportunity to complete a personality assessment through WizeHire for a recent job opportunity that was quite thoughtful in its development: you force ranked in order of importance 7-10 options that were specific to the individual without an easily definable “correct” answer unlike personality assessments like Unicru where one would answer to the far negative or affirmative avoiding indecisive middle ground answers. On the WizeHire assessment there were multiple instances where impatience was assessed, but is viewed appropriately as a results orientation with a sense of urgency and follow through to ensure completion of deliverables.

Therefore, I later learned that results are not only for assessment of potential candidates, but to aid in the interview process that serves as both a “validation” of results with corroborating life examples, and an increased self-awareness by sharing the results in a 13-page analysis of your personal makeup to include communication tendencies. This hiring process is both thoughtful and engaging, as WizeHire attests to by emphasizing the value of self-awareness in job performance at the following link:

WizeHire outlined that self-awareness contained an exceedingly strong correlation to success with 85% of top-performers indicating a high level of self-awareness while only 55% of individuals outside the top performing group disclosed a high level of self-awareness. Embrace your differences like impatience, and find out how to capitalize on your exceptional traits to serve the widest swath of population for the greatest utility. Self-development is an evolving trial riddled with errors, mistakes, and misjudgments, despite the attributes of each specific individual (intelligence, affability,  humility, etc.). As humans, we have the luxury of a brain that is not only plastic to readily adapt to changes while also capable of understanding the intricacies of our behaviors including the reasoning and rationale behind each action.

To foster a trend toward self development, I have included my profile on CrystalKnows: a site that outlines your personality, work style, and communication tendencies:

I will cover cognitive biases in another installment, but the Halo Effect, focusing and placing greater weight on one attribute, is most prominent for individuals such as myself that excel beyond the majority of Earth’s populous in a specific area like “Calculating” known as an analytical penchant. We all must overcome unconscious biases indicative of a fallible human structure, but can take peace that “everything happens for a reason.” God’s plan is beyond the scope of our understanding, so even people like myself, must exert a patient, steady, and unwavering faith to fulfill His purpose for our lives while seeing His purpose through to fruition.

I attempt to not be dissuaded or distracted by outside influences through a strict focus on goals while ignoring and not entertaining trivial offerings like quick money making schemes. Just remember that we all have value in this world and must seek out His purpose to actualize our inherent potential lying dormant while ready to surface for everyone. I personally reserve the statement “I do not recall” as a sound defense for legal proceedings. Therefore, always seek to enrich yourself with constant focus on self development, and an understanding not only of your inner workings, but external factors like society, peer group(s), media, and institutions like church or school that provide either motivation or extinguishing of desired behaviors and outcomes.


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