Anticipation was keeping kids waiting in 1979 with Heinz ketchup. It seems like things have developed improved speed across the years, but faster isn’t always better. What about your career speed, is it worth the wait?
For years and years, I used a Mr. Coffee brand electric drip coffee maker. You know, some water in the reservoir measured just right with ground beans in the paper filter that sits in the basket.
Push the button or throw the switch and in a few moments, you’ll hear the water heating and the tiny electric pump start to drop hot water over the fresh coffee grounds. Eventually it drips to your pot and the pot begins to fill.
The anticipation can be incredible.
We could also go with the more modern single cup coffee makers. They introduced a trendy, faster, single serving.
Of course, if we have a daily commute, we could veer off course slightly and stop at a nearby McDonald’s or other choice franchise coffee shop.
Let’s not forget the barista. Gourmet, brewed while you wait is trendy. It has people anticipating a slow brewed, usually more expensive cup, in a cozy little shop.
There are a lot of choices, and each one requires some time. Some more than others, but then the quality or value also seems to become more important.
Regardless of choice or speed, most people estimate their wait time and they don’t abort early. The anticipation may feel a bit painful but they can see the pot filling, the cup steaming, or the barista taking the time to make it just right.
Your career speed may be similar. You have options and choices, but in the end, you still have a career.
The best careers are not the result of a single day, month or year. One drop at a time they are creating your masterpiece.
Speed may not be as important as satisfaction.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.