Jan McInnis – The Work Lady®

The Art of Impatience Nothing Funny About That – Part 2

Technology in general keeps evolving because we’re impatient. I bet Alexander Graham Bell’s mother-in-law was the impatient woman behind the invention of the telephone. She didn’t feel like saddling up a horse every time she wanted to chat with her daughter, so maybe Alex was bugged enough to figure out a solution. And, in fact, our phones continue evolving due to our impatience. In mere seconds, we can search for a number for practically any business and call it. (A tip for business owners, though: just don’t make your phone number spell a word. We found out quickly that nobody has the patience to figure out the number that corresponds to the letter of the word that will reveal the full number.) And other technology like Facebook, caught on when we realized that we can keep up with dozens of our friends at once! Suddenly, calling people one at a time felt too slow.

Impatience can give your career a boost. I’ve met many up-and-coming comics throughout my 20+ year career who wanted to become full-time comedians. Years later, some of those people are still patiently preparing to quit their day job. Impatient people take a leap and see where we land. If we land in a bad place, we know we’re too impatient to stay there. . . we’ll fix the situation fast.

And of course medicine has also gotten more funding because of our impatience. There’s a walk, run, or rally for practically every kind of disease, so we can speed along the cure. If I participate in one more walk for the cure, I’m gonna need someone to find a cure for blisters. But sitting at home writing a check feels too slow. Walking raises money, and it feels like we’re actually doing something because we’re moving around. Moving around is good for impatient people.

So next time you see someone who appears impatient with a situation, remember that they might be finding a cure, inventing a new technology, or reinventing their career. Fifty plus years ago, my dad did not want to wait for a mechanic to fix the car: he wanted to go on vacation now! So embrace your impatience! Whether it’s to a farm in Repton, Alabama or wherever you want to go, impatience may just get you there!


About the author. . . comedian, keynote speaker, and comedy writer Jan McInnis has shared her customized humor keynotes with thousands of associations and corporations. She is also the author of “Finding the Funny FAST; How To Create Quick Humor To Connect With Clients, Coworkers And Crowds,” and “Convention Comedian: Stories and Wisdom From Two Decades of Chicken Dinners and Comedy Clubs.” Jan was featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post for her clean humor. From a recent client: “Thank you Jan. You were a HIT! It was a good conference and you capped it up for us perfectly.”