Delayed Gratification: The Most Underrated Seed for GrowthOct 31, 2023
In #entrepreneurship, the quickest wins often lead to diverted attention, wasted time, and a general unawareness of the value of delayed gratification. It's a rarely discussed topic, largely because those selling dreams prefer to paint a picture of instant success.
My journey from a drone pilot > Drone Service Provider (DSP) > consultant has given me insight: knowing how to fly and knowing how to run a business are 2 different concepts.
We wanted to be indispensable. So we had to figure out what it meant to be a holistic drone professional, with a growing network of opportunities.
Here are some principles of delayed gratification:
✅ Vision Over Instant Rewards:
Entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint. The most successful are simply those who have been at it the longest. If it doesn't align with your core goals, target market, or long-term plan, reconsider.
✅Control Your Impulses:
I hear about great opportunities every single day. But if I took all of them, I'd leave no time for what I care about the most.
✅Long-term Goal Setting:
Define your vision of long-term success, break it up it into realistic milestones, and celebrate the small victories along the way.
✅ Systems and Framework Thinking:
Adopt a mindset that prioritizes steady, long-term growth. Framework thinking encourages a structured approach to growth, ensuring that each step taken is a sustainable and goal-oriented.
✅Document the journey:
Your audience cares about your growth. Give updates on your vision to foster and grow your support network.
We all take Ls. When you do, think about the big picture. Resilience and delayed gratification are two sides of the same coin.
Embracing delayed gratification is more than personal discipline; it is necessary for growth (and your overall sanity). It creates a mindset rooted in patience, resilience, and meaningful progress, preparing you for the inevitable ups and downs of the entrepreneurial journey.