What Must Have Skill Do You Need To Be Successful In Your Business?

This Must-Have Skill is Needed IF You Want To Be Successful in Your Business





If you want to be successful in your business, you must learn this must-have skill now


I can’t tell you how often I see people give up just a little too soon…..They put their blood, sweat, and tears into a project and then let it go to move on to the next venture. If only they’d stuck with it a little longer.…..


So, can you guess what that much-needed skill to be successful in your business is?


The most important skill you need to develop to be successful in business is PATIENCE.  


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What Is Patience In Business

  • It’s easy to say you need to be patient, but what exactly does this “Business Patience” mean.
  • It’s hard to pinpoint it since it is more of a mindset.
  • When you should be patient in your business will vary greatly.
  • What it doesn’t mean is that you can just sit on the couch and wait for good things to happen on their own.
  • It takes some time and effort. The patience part means sticking it out long enough to see if it’s working.


To help you wrap your head around this patience mindset concept, let’s take a look at a few different ways that being patient can help you in your business….


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Patience To Figure Out What You Are Doing

  • It’s easy to get excited about a new venture and jump in with both feet first.
  • That enthusiasm is great, but it’s also good to give yourself some time to figure out what you are going to do.
  • Learn the ropes and read up as much as you can about your new project.
  • Take some time to plan things out and then get to work.
  • Taking that little bit of extra time, in the beginning, does take patience, but it will pay off in the long run.
  • Do you remember the first website you created for your business?
  • How many times did you have to go back and completely redo or redesign things as you learned about SEO, visitor-friendly navigation, and the likes?


How can you apply this idea of being patient with yourself to your own business?

  • After we implement new ideas and strategies, it often takes time to see results.
  • It’s easy to get impatient and think it’s not working.
  • We move on to the next new strategy and again giving up right before we start to see results.
  • I’m as guilty as you are of this.
  • In today’s fast paced world with plenty of instant gratification it’s hard to develop a mindset of waiting and giving things time to work.


SEO – Search Engine Optimization – is a perfect example of something that takes patience.

  • You read up on it or go through a course and start making changes to your site.
  • You optimize for keywords, build some links and get your page some social love.
  • You check back a few days later and you’re still ranking on page 4 of Google for your term, or even worse, you slipped down a few ranks.
  • It’s easy to get discouraged, isn’t it?
  • Here’s the key to making it work.
  • Stick with it and provided your SEO strategy (or anything else you’re working on) is solid, you will see some good results.
  • Sometimes those results come in tiny increments.
  • That’s why it’s important to track as many stats as you can in your business.
  • By tracking your website traffic, for example, you may start to notice a few more visitors each day to the post you optimized.
  • You may not rank on page one of Google for your chosen keyword (yet), but you may have moved up in ranking on some related long tail keywords and are getting more traffic via those search terms.
  • And getting more traffic the end goal anyway, right?





The 3 P’s of Business Success – Practice, Persistence, and Patience 

It Starts With Practice……Lots and lots of practice.

  • You don’t get really good at what you do unless you have lots of practice.
  • What does this mean when it comes to your business?
  • It means you should start right now.
  • Write those blog posts, create those emails, and interact with your customers. Don’t wait to learn more, go through another course or have someone show you how they think it should be done.
  • Start where you are and practice what you know.
  • You can always implement other things later.
  • Keep practicing and you’ll start to get better at everything you do in your business.

Consistent Practice Leads To Persistence

  • Getting into a habit of practicing every single day will lead to a habit of persistence.
  • Persistence will help you stick it out and keep going when things are moving slowly.
  • Maybe your website traffic doesn’t grow as fast as you’d hoped.
  • Or, maybe you’re not getting the repeat clientele you were counting on.
  • When you’re already in the habit of practice and are persistently working away on your business day in and day out, you will see results, even if they aren’t apparent right away.
  • The key here is to keep going and not give up too soon.
  • Stick with the plan, keep practicing what you’ve set out to do and become persistent.

The Patience To Persistently Practice Will Pay Off

  • As time goes by, and you’re patiently sticking to your plan, something remarkable will start to happen.
  • Not only are you getting much better at what you do, it also becomes more effortless.
  • You’re in the habit of doing them and can get things done almost on autopilot.
  • More importantly, though, your patience and your efforts will start to pay off.
  • You’re attracting a wider audience, you’re building your customer base and most importantly you start to make enough money to pay the bills and then some.





And then there’s the little side benefit of becoming a more patient and more persistent person.


That’s something that will work to your advantage no matter where life takes you.





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To Your Success,
Joan Harrington

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62 thoughts on “What Must Have Skill Do You Need To Be Successful In Your Business?

  1. Hi Joan! You are so right, practice, persistence and patience are all critical to success. I’ve seen, and I’m sure you’ve seen, some really great writers and bloggers who just can’t stick it out. It does take persistence to keep going but I personally believe all the effort is worth it. Thanks for the reminder!~Kathy

    • Hi Kathy 🙂
      Yes I have seen a few of those bloggers and writers who just can’t stick it out! More often than not lol
      I agree with you, persistence , practice and especially PATIENCE are so important to reaching your goals :
      Thanks so much for your awesome feedback!

  2. Hi Joan,

    Inspiring post about business success skills. Couldn’t agree more with the many (and I do mean many) points you made here. Many of us do give up too soon. Yet, it’s also important to know when to change course! Good post, thanks,

  3. Hi Joan, thanks for this. I completely agree with you, many people give up too soon. Patience is needed for sure but also persistence. You have to give everything a really good try to make it pay off for you. Keep at it, don’t float around from one thing to another.

    Enjoy the journey!

  4. Hi Joan,

    You are right on target. The key to business is having persistence and that does require patience. There will be times when business hits a slow plateau. Sometimes we will get frustrated that things aren’t going fast enough. It’s human nature. So practicing is imperative.

    I see it like the ocean with ebbs and tides. Guess I’ve been doing my own business for so many years I got used to it.


    • Hey Donna 🙂
      Thanks so much! Absolutely practicing is so important 🙂 You must be persistent and learn patience if you want success 🙂 Appreciate your awesome feedback!

  5. I couldn’t agree more that business owners need to have patience. My husband owns his own business and the customers test his patience EVERYDAY. But he knows that he has to be calm and just stand up tall for his business relies on their money.

    • I bet your husband’s customers test his patience daily , Christine lol! Thanks for your comment 🙂 Patience is so important in business, no matter if you are online or offline 😉

  6. Hi Joan

    I have a friend who is facing the problem of Business patience. He has so much awesome ideas but he never has the patience to see them through. He jumps from one idea to another.

    Love your tips and you used a perfect example. The SEO is one field where there is a need for patience.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care

  7. Yeah patience is not my strength. I’m horrible at being patient but you’re right it takes a lot of it to be successful. I’m really going to start trying to be more patient. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • I totally can relate to that Melanie!! Being patient is NOT one of my best traits lol I am learning as I get older, to be more patient, not just with my own business but my personal stuff as well 🙂 You are welcome!

  8. I consider myself a very patient person, but lately that’s kid of hard. I understand things don’t happen from a day to another, but I really wanted to see some results. I would be happy with a 5% progress.
    Thanks for sharing, your post is very positive 🙂

    • Hi Laura,
      I can totally relate! It can be so hard sometimes to be patient wanting to see results so bad….Thanks for sharing your comment and feedback 🙂

  9. This is oh-so true in my field, Joan, as I’m sure it is in every other. But in the writing and publishing world, well, patience has to be one’s middle name. Everything takes so long. Enter the world of “instant” publishing, and my, aren’t we seeing the negative fruits there. I’m grateful to have honed my skills when that wasn’t available!

    • Hey Susan 🙂
      You got that right, in writing, especially bloggers, network marketers and online marketing ONE must learn patience, and like you said, it must be our middle name 😉 Thanks so much for your comment…very much appreciated 🙂

  10. Joan – Okay, I really needed this. My business is creating a platform as a new author. I would have been so much better off if I’d been computer literate & media marketing savvy when my book was published. But what can I do now? Practice, persistence, patience in both these areas!

  11. This is so true. Patience is vital to success. I read recently that a huge proportion of bloggers don’t make it past three months before giving up. I know from setting up and running my own business- teaching arts and crafts to kids after school and during holidays – that it takes time to achieve trust and have that wonderful word of mouth business start to roll in. This is a great reminder to be patient and stick to your plan.

  12. How true, patience, practice, persistence. We have ben at online sales for 2 plus years & just had our first good month. I do believe it was the result of creating relationships so we built trust, patience, consistency, testing, & so on.

    • The only way to success Roslyn! Building that trust and being consistent and definately having that patience to keep going is so important 🙂 Thank you for your wonderful comment!!

  13. Patience is one of my biggest life lessons, Joan and I must say, I am “learning” to practice it every day! I’m also known for my persistance. As we all know, our timing and divine timing are very different and this applies to both our personal and our business lives. It requires a degree of trust that the seeds we have planted, will grow. I feel like I plant a lot of seeds and am “patiently” waiting for them to begin to sprout. The gratification will be when they come into full bloom. Can you tell I love nature and spring as an analogy? 😉 Thanks for another wonderful post, with info we all can apply in our lives!

    • I can totally relate to that Beverley!! Patience is something I work on daily myself 😉 I am so happy that you found tons of value in my post and I love the nature and spring analogy………Thank you for your wonderful comment 🙂 Always appreciate it when people can implement and apply what I share in my posts!

  14. Hi Joan,

    I’m afraid I’m not the most patient of marketers, but I’m very persistent – so hopefully persistence will balance out my lack of patience.

    I agree with Edward that sometimes you do need to accept that it might be time to change course. I’ve done that a time or two, but have learned lessons from all my earlier “practices” 🙂

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

    • Hi Joy 🙂
      Me either lol but like you I am very VERY persistent, so hopefully that will pay off for me as well……Thanks so much for your comment 🙂 Always much appreciated!

  15. I consider patience and persistence part of my spiritual practice, as well as, business practice. I go with a motto of ‘how you do one thing is how you do everything’ too. An ongoing learning too – right up there with ‘letting go’. Thanks for so many insights and suggestions in this valuable article. I too believe it will all pay off.

    • Thank you for your wonderful comment, Teresa! Patience and persistence are so important to success whether you have your own business or just in your own personal life 🙂

  16. It’s a fact that your blog posts are so unique and interesting and I enjoys a lot while reading your posts because you explained your post very deeply in a very easy and clear language. Thanks for your support.Great blog with such awesome article.So lucky to have here.

  17. I totally agree that practice, patience and persistence are vital even though giving up too soon might be tempting. I don’t think that necessarily means sticking to something for a long time if you deep down know it won’t work. I made a lot of mistakes when I first started.. I did have some success but learned that was more luck than judgement and it wasn’t sustainable. We have to learn, gain experience, and adapt in a positive and practical way. Failing at something can set you back but keeping in mind those 3 P’s helps you get back up again.

    Looking back I should have started off by investing in some good training and mentoring (shame I didn’t know you back then Joan) and vital tools such as an autoresponder.

    • I totally agree with you Sue, we MUST learn , gain experience and adapt in a positive and practical way!! Thanks so much for your comment, very much appreciated 😉

  18. I think when we get into business for ourselves, there’s a part of us that believes “we’ll just make it happen.” When we put a lot of time, effort and money into something and it doesn’t happen the way we expect, there’s a loss of faith in ourselves, as well as, a loss of patience. In the past, you would go into apprentice training, in order to perfect your skills. I like to think of patience as an on-going training process. The more patient you are the more time you have to perfect your business.

    • Absolutely Joyce!! The more patient you are the more time you have to perfect your business 🙂 Thank you for your comment!! 100% agree

  19. Hello Joan, Great post here my friend!! All your tips are spot on!! Yeppers practice, patience and persistence are vital skills you need to have a successful business.
    Great Share
    Thank YOU
    Chery :))

  20. Hey Joan, Great post here my friend!! All your tips are spot on!! Yeppers practice, patience and persistence are vital skills you need to have a successful business.
    Great Share
    Thank YOU
    Chery :))

  21. Hi Joan,

    Your article made me smile because I am not patient at all. Well in everything except my business and this is awkward! I hate waiting in queues to pay bills, I don’t like waiting in line to pay on the store and so on. Though somehow, I am calm and concentrated when I am working. Being patient and persistent comes naturally. Your words are a a big reminder to all of us. Thank you!


    • Hey there Zaria 🙂

      Thanks so much for your awesome comment, girl! Appreciate it 🙂 I am working on my patience as well!! lol

  22. Hi Joan,
    Liked your article.
    Being patient is hard, but with daily persistence, you will see improvement.
    Learning anything new is not easy, learning how to be successful with your business
    is a learning curve. Great points covered!
    All the best

    • Hi Kathryn, and thank you 🙂 Yes being patient is hard, but with daily persistence, you will absolutely see improvement 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the post!

  23. I love it…patience, persistance and practice. Certainly I need patience as I practice….lol. practice involves learning what to do, then doing it. And doing it can get messy, sometimes. So, let’s be patient, do it again and learn persistance. Lol. Loved ur post

  24. My First Time Here!!

    Now I know why this post become so popular, You have shared some awesome tips, I’m glad I found it. Maintaining a successful business is not an easy job, should have some skills to do that.

    Thank You,

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