4 Years and $70K Later it Paid Off - The Power of Patience



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August 8, 2023

It took me from early 2009 until January 2012 to secure my first job in aviation. And it cost me over $70,000.

I could have thrown in the towel after the first year when I couldn’t get a job. I received endless nos and why companies weren’t prepared to hire me. 

But I continued on. 

I knew I could make it work with adjustments and trial and error. Of course, patience also played a massive role. 

In a world where instant gratification and quick fixes seem to dominate our lives, the art of perseverance often takes a backseat. 

We are constantly bombarded with messages telling us to seek immediate results and embrace shortcuts to success. 

However, history has repeatedly shown us that staying the course, maintaining determination, and having patience lead to true and lasting achievements. 

In this post, we will explore the power of staying the course and how it always pays off in the long run. 

Something that I know firsthand from over a decade of experience.

The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step

Staying the course requires us to embrace the idea that every significant accomplishment starts with a small and often humble beginning. 

Whether pursuing a new career, learning a new skill, or building a business, progress may initially seem slow.

Each step taken with unwavering commitment brings us closer to our goals. 

It's crucial to understand that success rarely happens overnight, and recognizing the value of each small step forward will keep us motivated on our journey.

Overcoming Challenges and Setbacks

Life is riddled with challenges and setbacks that can easily derail us from our path. 

It's tempting to give up or take an easier route when faced with obstacles.

Staying the course means meeting these challenges head-on and finding solutions.

These obstacles often serve as valuable learning experiences, making us stronger, wiser, and better equipped for future endeavours.

Cultivating Resilience and Grit

Staying the course is not just about persistence; it's about developing resilience and grit. 

When we encounter failures or disappointments, it's easy to get disheartened and lose focus. 

Those who persevere learn from their mistakes, adapt, and grow stronger. 

Resilience and grit enable us to keep going, even when the odds seem stacked against us.

Building Trust and Credibility

In personal and professional pursuits, staying the course instills trust and credibility. 

People respect individuals who remain committed to their goals despite challenges and temptations to quit. 

Whether it's earning the trust of customers, colleagues, or loved ones, consistent determination lays the foundation for lasting relationships and success.

Embracing the Power of Patience

Instant success is an anomaly, not the norm. 

Many great achievements in history took years or even decades to materialize. 

I didn’t start to see success in my aviation career until about 8-10 years in. 

Staying the course involves embracing patience and understanding that greatness is a culmination of time, effort, and dedication. 

By allowing things to unfold naturally, we allow ourselves to make more informed decisions and ultimately achieve higher levels of success.

Finding Fulfillment in the Journey

While reaching the destination is important, staying the course teaches us to find fulfillment in the journey itself. 

Every step taken, every lesson learned, and every milestone achieved contributes to personal growth and self-discovery. 

Embracing the process enables us to savour the progress and celebrate the small victories along the way.


In a world where instant results are glorified, staying the course remains a timeless virtue. 

The power of perseverance, resilience, and patience cannot be understated. 

Whether in our personal or professional lives, committing to our goals and staying true to our purpose will always lead us to success. 

Embrace the journey, navigate the challenges, and stay the course, for it is through determination that we unlock our fullest potential and achieve greatness.

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Chris M Wilson

Chris Wilson is a keynote speaker, CTI coach, and entrepreneur. Through his Hover to Fly framework, he aims to impact the next generation in their careers and lives.

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