Persistence and Patience

by Phil Bundy on March 2, 2010

In my experiences as an entrepreneur and in my quest to play on the PGA Tour, I have found that persistence and patience are two traits that are absolutely necessary to ultimate achieve success.

This morning, I watched the following video which reminded me that patience is a virtue. In the clip, Internet sommelier and social media guru Gary Vaynerchuck admonishes people who think they can build a sustainable brand or business in a short period of time.

Years ago, I represented golfer Joe Inman for appearances. After an outstanding amateur and college career at Wake Forest, Joe struggled and was a journeyman pro on the PGA Tour. In 1976, he finally won the Kemper Open, which was then played at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Overwhelmed after his victory, Joe — who can challenge Yogi Berra in a talk-off – said that he had waited his entire career to become an overnight sensation.

For me, Gary’s message and Joe’s example are inspirational. Accomplishing something of significance — whether in sports, business, or other areas of life — normally takes great patience as well as persistence and talent.

Please take a moment and share a comment. What character traits do you think are required for success?

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