Patience is a virtue that pays off

It was back in 2010, I was scheduled to speak at an event about entrepreneurship, and the main audience was college students graduating the same year; The organizer was insisting that I talk about my career path and what were the lessons learned for me at a young age in a relatively challenging world.

It was about 45 minutes talk that covered many points, some were funny references, some sad and some very motivational… I finally ended up my speech with this:

One common attitude I used to find in fresh graduates I interviewed for various potions in my company was their apparent lack of patience, they want to reach to the top quickly and when you ask them where do they see themselves in 5 years, almost everyone would say : ‘A Manager’. Knowing that I love and admire ambition, I’m also a realistic person, and just because some 20 years old dropped out of college and made it big, doesn’t mean that it’s the right way to do things or it will happen to you JUST AS IT HAPPENED TO THEM.

But let me tell you a small secret: Patience is a Virtue that Pays off!

Practically, no one will care about how hard your start was, when your end was not a success, in fact, ironically, when you become successful, the MORE Miserable your life was, the more admirable your success is… At some point in time one of my jobs was removing dust from books in the university library and re-organizing the books in alphabetical order for what is equivalent to 60$ per month before I leave to my night shift job that paid 100$ per month and then rolling in the weekend to do some work for some additional 10-20$ / week and so on… I never looked down at my self, and I knew this was not the end… This is only the beginning and I need to be patient, cause great things WILL happen.. And Years later, I started making in 1 day of what an average classmate used to make in a full month…

Patience doesn’t have a value if you’re not paying much attention to almost every aspect of your life at that time, you could be waiting for a train to pass, but if you fall asleep waiting, you might just miss the train, and remember that it’s the VALUE that you bring to the company you work at is what matters and not the time you spend there, And Most importantly, when you reach your destination, it doesn’t really matter what had to happen in the process, you just REACHED THERE! I don’t really remember the exams I had to pass nor the grades I had on these exams… And guess what! till this day, after I became CEO and worked for one of the biggest companies in the world, Those Exams grades Still didn’t matter.

So today, 5 years later to that talk, I recall a time when I used to look up Job opportunities that perfectly matched my skills but where I was not interviewed because my years of experience didn’t match the requirements, and I still recalled the time (that I was lucky enough to have had) when I met the same Hiring Manager few years later, who was attending one of my talks, and was surprised that I was the  Keynote Speaker introducing a technology that he, himself thought I didn’t have experience to even work in one of his teams.

My advice this week is the following:

Don’t try to take shortcuts if you find the road is too long, as no road is too long for a destination worth reaching… Patience is a Virtue that Pays off… So Be Patient, and Keep Going!

Enjoy your Week!

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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

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A winner is a dreamer who never gives up

was having a chat recently about my opinion on what would be the key to success & winning…  I wasn’t very sure about what would that be… But I answered: perseverance

Most of the winners in this life, have faced lots of failures and disappointments in their life & career, but they never stopped believing in the beauty of their dreams… and Never gave up!

In one of my lectures at one of the universities, I had an interesting question:“How should we know when to take an opportunity and when we should wait for the next one?”

I hesitated to answer, since there’s virtually no guarantee that an opportunity will be the right one or that the next one (if there was one) will be the right one… so here it was the answer I gave that young lady:

“The Short Answer is that you WON’T KNOW… But it’s not a game of chance and that you need to gamble with opportunities, All you have to understand about opportunities is that they are MEANS, and not DESTINATIONS; So you get an opportunity to have an interview, an opportunity to meet someone, an opportunity to showcase your work to some buyers… And therefore, if you don’t have a destination in mind, all opportunities would look the same to you…”

The Key to Winning is to NEVER GIVE UP, and to try to fuel your chances by taking the opportunities that would get you closer to realizing your dreams.

Cheers,
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 “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”
Nelson Mandela

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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

Challenge yourself and discover your true potential

Don’t limit your challenges; challenge your limits.

Jerry Dunn

There’s almost nothing more demotivating than one specific limiting-belief that you would chain yourself to, the belief that you are LIMITED, that you have reached to the peak of your potential and there’s nothing that you can do about it anymore.

Well, you may hope you would get that when you are 70 years old, unfortunately, I’ve seen so many people that give in to that limiting belief in their mid or late 20s . The reason could be the lack of support from the right people, or the many times they have TRIED and failed… and finally, they Gave up!

No matter what the reason could be, it doesn’t really matter… An experienced runner would tell you that the key to succeed in running 5 KM would be to Succeed in Running 4 KM first, and before that you need to Run 3 and before that it was 2 … And once you know that you passed the challenge of the 3, pushing yourself to reach to 4 is not that hard, and so on… So the Key to Growth and Success, is to Challenge the existing setup and grow beyond that…

Start discovering what lies next to the current YOU… CHALLENGE YOURSELF! 

Have a nice week!

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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

Be the Change you want to see in the world

Today is a special day, it marks the 3rd anniversary for a initiative I’ve started many years back, and this week’s tip is based on what I held in my heart for a long time… Be The Change you want to see in this world!

Here’s a brief on it,

Video Transcript

It all started in 1998, I needed to do a research for one of my courses in college about techniques of communication; I wanted to get to the bottom of how human communication take place… I went to visit a center that works with Hearing Impaired children, to see how you can communicate when you can’t actually talk;

Well, That was the start of an experience that changed my life!

I did my interviews with administrators, teachers and met several kids then and I got so blown away by what I saw that I decided to volunteer in that center, and I acted as a teacher for the Hearing-Impaired children…

I learned the sign language, and unlike what some of you might think, sign-language differ from country to country and even in the same country, and with children, they sometimes develop their own signs, per example my name is Samer… and in Arabic it’s like this… but the children then decided that I was called … (…)

One of the things or let’s say the shocking discoveries that I learned, was about being mute you know when an individual can’t talk.

You see not all of the mute individuals are incapable of talking, but it’s just because they are hearing-impaired, they don’t know how to speak… so they need speech therapy. Even when they can hear a little, and they put this device, that doesn’t automatically solve the problem, but actually they still need therapy to understand what’s happening.

That experience shaped my life, and for Years I carried this cause in my heart, and I was looking for ways that I could help those children and more children across the world; so years passed by, I moved from a college student, to a professional then to a senior executive and an international author & public speaker, so I came up with the idea of donating one of my intellectual properties to that cause. And I called it a WHITE CAUSE.

The idea, is to donate a product that can be sold and all the profits generated can go towards that cause. And at some point this will be self-sustained.

In 2012, I started the 7 Minutes Motivation Podcast, an Arabic motivational podcast of 7 minutes with every episode on weekly basis (every Monday) and later on I created the English Book, and now this book and its profits are donated for the white cause, which is supporting the hearing impaired children.

So Today, I Hear you! It’s a campaign that aims at constructing a fund that would go towards speech therapy sessions for children who can’t afford it.

You see a child, would need 2-3 sessions per week for a period of 1 to 2 years, with the session costing around 20$, so overall that’s a significant amount of money for some families struggling to secure the necessities in a country like Lebanon per example.

So The main objective of Today, I Hear you! Is to gather a fund that would secure 1,000 Speech Therapy sessions and distributed to different centers in Lebanon and those sessions would be offered to children in need, so you can support by donating something like 3$ or 10$ or 25$ and In return you will get  a free copy of my book 7 Minutes Motivation, in either paperback, electronic edition or audio edition.

I encourage you to go to iHearYou.Today check out the website and see how you can contribute and support.

Ya3tikon alf 3afieh (God Give you Health – 1,000 times)

Get Involved and start supporting the Hearing-Impaired Children TODAY!

Enjoy your Week!

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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project