Personally, I have not heard the statement “to be young, gifted and patient.” At 22 years old, however, I can really relate to a statement that I essentially replaced the word “black” with “patient”.

As children, we grow up and listen to our parents tell us to work hard, to do well in school and to put ourselves in the best possible position to be successful. From about the age of five to 22, four different levels of life have passed: elementary school, middle school, high school and college. Within those phases, many lessons are learned. Some of those lessons, if not a majority, are very difficult. These lessons are just the beginning for what is in store.

At each phase in life, whether we realize it or not, we must start completely over from scratch. It is almost like being a child again, relying on our parents for guidance, patience and support.

As we get older, however, we put less dependence in our parents because we have learned some life lessons and dealt with some tough issues that have prepared us for a few situations in life. We also began make more decisions on are own.

Thus, instead of us solely relying on our parents for guidance and support, we must rely on ourselves for self-motivation, guidance, support and most importantly, patience.

For example, 22 is a typical age that many people earn their Bachelor’s degree. After working hard, putting in many hours of studying for difficult tests in the library, making good grades and doing all the right things to “put yourself in the best possible position to be successful, it is not uncommon to feel like things will continue to go perfect as they have been. Here is an update for you, they are not.

Having graduated from college in May 2015, I too have began to learn the power of being patient. I have begun to learn the concept “to be young, gifted and patient.”

Growing up as child, I have realized that a majority of things in life were previously organized and structured in a way that one could easily set a pathway for success. Specifically, through grade school and four years of undergrad, the tools for success were set for you. What you do with the tools, however, determines how successful you will be.

More importantly, after graduating from college, things become very different. For some, they become so different from what they are accustomed to, making them become frustrated with the transitioning process. Be patient.

While it may seem like you are all alone, your friends are not there as they once were, you are not as smart as you used to be, think of the phrase “to be young, gifted and patient.”

According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, patient is defined as “able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people.”

Whether going from middle to high school, from high school to college, from college to graduate school or college to the workforce, every new phase in life brings a new set of challenges, a new set of politics and a new journey with different people that we must deal with. Sometimes, these people might be smarter than us or maybe they are not. The fact remains is that everything you have done so far is not in vain. The constant ambition, the self-motivation to go the extra mile and the persistence to stay ahead of your competition are all things that will continue to serve you well.

The only differences now are that you must be patient and you must align yourself with these three concepts. While many are young and gifted, many are not ambitious, self-motivated and persistent. Some people thrive for the bright lights and the attention that come with the spotlight. They lack the substance, the essence of being gifted.

You will not be young forever. For now, however, embrace this time. Embrace the journey.You will appreciate this now as you continue to grow in your path and journey in life.

Motivational Quotes

“Sometimes things are not clear right away. That’s where you need to be patient and persevere and see where things lead.” ~Mary Pierce 

“With patient and firm determination, I am going to press on for jobs. I’m going to press on for equality. I’m going to press on for the sake of our children. I’m going to press on for the sake of all those families who are struggling right now. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I am going to press on.” ~President Barack Obama