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Randomly this past weekend, I found myself stalking my Facebook friends (again). Among the many profiles stalked was the page of a colleague – Katie, to be specific.

When I clicked to her “About” section, I found the following quote, Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains.”

And then it struck me – darn it if Katie is not one of the MOST patient people I have ever worked with, and about a million times more patient than me.

My mind started working overtime – How can I get her patience to rub off on me? How long would it take? Why don’t I have it already?

Oops – I am impatient even in my strategy to gain patience.

Point is many of us who work in a team environment often migrate to those in the office who have attributes we may lack, but need.

Personally, I sat down with Katie and asked her how she manages to remain patient in this sometimes-hair-on-fire job.

In Katie’s Words:

I haven’t always been a patient person. In fact, growing up I was always one of those people that if I wanted something, I wanted it now – no if’s, and’s, or buts! But then I entered the real world, and that simply doesn’t fly there.

Patience is a tough one. Many of us have been conditioned to get everything we want, when we want it – so in our jobs we expect the same. But success isn’t just going to land on our doorstep wrapped in a pretty bow – we all have to work for it and often working for it requires working with other people to get the job done.

Sometimes this is easier said than done.

Even to this day I struggle. Yes, things can get overwhelming, but I get through it by staying focused on the tasks at hand, staying positive and just telling myself that everything will work out(cliché yes, but true- and it works).

In our jobs, we will have days where we will fail, be fearful, confused and even do things we wish we shouldn’t have done. We aren’t perfect (and neither are our co-workers). So, instead of getting worked up about it and looking at all the imperfections, I take one thing at a time, do the best I can do, help when I can and practice patience. The more you can remain patient the easier it gets. It’s like a muscle you build over months and years of time.

At the end of the day you have to have faith in yourself and your co-workers. We are all a team and when one person struggles, we all struggle. When you practice patience with yourself and your co-workers and work together- that’s when you will succeed and be rewarded.”

So, what attributes do your officemates have that you need? How do yours work together with theirs to positively impact the bottom line? How can you learn to develop characteristics you want from your team mates?

Alison Bailin
Alison Bailin
Senior Account Executive Alison has a lot to say…about pretty much everything...all the time. From the current state of public relations to the social media impact on Shark Week to crisis communications in the sports world, Alison’s blogs are focused on “amusing through her PR musings,” and then some. Check out Alison's full bio

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