How To Be Patient

What Lions Can Teach Entrepreneurs

Fisayomi Ajayi Contributor
February 2, 2019 in Managing Yourself

One of the most important things that Entrepreneurs can learn from lions is how to be patient. If you are ever out there dealing with people, especially in a professional environment, you would quickly brush up against the fact that most things are not going to go your way all the time.

One of the most important things that Entrepreneurs can learn from lions is how to be patient. If you are ever out there dealing with people, especially in a professional environment, you would quickly brush up against the fact that most things are not going to go your way all the time.

It requires a considerable amount of patience to handle difficult situations in the workplace and in the wild. Below are a few proven tips you can begin to apply to your life today.

1) Play To Your Strength

Lions are known to play to their strengths. They are aware of what strengths they possess and what their weaknesses are. For instance, when lions want to hunt for food, the weather is taken into consideration. Because of this, they do not go out of their way to search for prey during the day due the sweltering heat.


Instead, they reserve their energy and wait for their opportunity to hunt during night when temperatures are cooler and less energy draining. Not only does this strategy take advantage of the strength of their vision at night, but it also allows them to use the weaknesses of their prey.


Most animals that become prey for the lions do not have good night vision. This way, the lions are essentially putting themselves in a position where failure at hunting for a water buffalo, a deer or any other prey is thoroughly minimized.


Applying this lesson to entrepreneurship, you can learn to play to your strengths and minimize the manifestation of your weaknesses. For instance, if you were in a situation where your frustration would normally lead to abrasiveness, you can watchfully avoid such situations to keep from interacting rudely with your customers or clients.

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2) Give Yourself Time

Learning how to be patient is extremely important for your personal and business development. However, learning how to develop patience takes a lot work, just like it takes a lot of commitment to learn self-confidence or any other important life skill. What this really means is that an impatient person driven by instant gratification won't change overnight. Adequate time, practice, and dedication are all essential in the cultivation of this trait.


There will be days where you'll want things to happen overnight. However, if you understand that it is a gradual process and you remember to be aggressively patient, you'll reach your goals eventually.


Lions have learned how to be patient while hunting their preys. A lion can go for 9 to 12 hours without doing nothing. They simply watch their preys until the right opportunity comes to hunt them. In life, you cannot expect instant results. Those who are driven by instant gratification rarely achieve their goals. 

3) Have A Detailed System Of Approach

A detailed system of handling things in your daily life guarantees that even though there are times that things are not working out as planned, a given system of approach ensures you stay consistent and allows you to get back on track for success. There are days when it would seem like your approach is just not working, but as long as you have put in coordinated efforts to develop your system and play to your strengths, you can be certain that success is around the corner.

4) Be Open to New Experiences

NBA basketball player, Kobe Bryant shows us that learning from nature, situations or things around us is an important skill that can make you thrive in your business as an entrepreneur or any other field your expertise is in. Bryant learned from cheetahs how they use their tails to balance themselves when they run.


Applying this lesson to his games, Bryant learned to flair his legs out and keep his head straight while taking a jump shot. You can apply this line of reasoning to your business as well. Have an open mind and be willing to look beyond yourself and at things around you. A lot of insight can be gleaned from the wonderful riches that the world has to offer us.


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