A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be back at my alma mater (Go Heels!) for a project coaching teams. I met some great new folks, got inspired and reconnected to topics, a place and old friends and colleagues.
At the close of the week’s session, the director of the project gave some great advice for those of us working on social change projects:
Be both patient and impatient, she said.
Patient with the fact that the changes we are trying to impact take time. Not just months, but years, decades, often lifetimes.
And impatient: with the fact that there are big social issues that need to be changed. Issues that need our energy, commitment and passion in order to change.
We need both: patience with the glacial pace of change, impatience to make the change happen.
How does this idea of patience/impatience apply to your projects?