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3 Major Reasons Why People Are So Impatient

Updated on February 3, 2017

Introduction

Patience is a skill that humans must learn. But unfortunately, too many people are impatient. Today with the advances in technology, people can get access to information much faster than people in previous generations could. There are some reasons as to why so many people are impatient especially in the United States. In fact, there are three major reasons why so many people particularly in the United States are impatient.

Reason #1: instant gratification

The first major reason why so many people are impatient is because we live in a society of instant gratification these days. People just want certain things now or very fast. They are not willing to have the patience to wait for those things that they desire. They would rather get that house right now instead of waiting for the home values in their area to drop a little bit. Someone would rather finish college as soon as they can to get out into the world of work to make a living. A teenager that has just reached the age where he or she is eligible to drive wants to start driving and get a car as soon as possible. These three examples show that in this day and age, many people would rather have whatever they want right now rather than letting time take its course and manifesting that product or that car or that house into their lives. The result of this kind of behavior is that a person will rush into things and when you rush into things, the result is almost always never positive.

A photo of a businessman feeling like the clock is running against him

Reason #2: it is that person's character and that's why they are impatient

The second major reason why so many people are impatient is because some people are just born that way. Being impatient is part of their character and no one can change them. And as a person ages and gets older, the more impatient that they tend to become. And the impatient person tends to force others to rush just because the person that is impatient wants to arrive at a social function earlier than the time that they are supposed to show up there. And these actions will put lots of stress on the people that have to deal with this person.

Reason #3: it is the way of life in the United States and some Western nations

The third major reason why so many people are impatient is because of the system in certain developed countries such as the United States. Doctors want to see their patients and then they want to have the patient leave their office as soon as possible. In the US, the workplace is very fast paced depending on the job and the industry. Productivity is the standard in all countries of the world but in the United States, the competition in the workplace is very intense with managers and supervisors wanting as much done in as little time as possible. And the recent economic problems in the US don’t make things any easier because when people are laid off, one person has to do the job of three people for example. Note: although the situation may have improved for some people, the lifestyle in the US still remains competitive even in 2017.

An example that demonstrates the importance of being a more patient person

With the fast pace of life in the United States, it is easy to see why so many people are impatient. But each person is responsible for their actions. If you try hard enough, you can become patient instead of becoming impatient. Is this really the case? Can you become a more patient person if you are impatient by nature? It will take lots of hard work and effort on your part. I did not become the writer that I am overnight. It was through hard work, motivation, and dedication. Let’s bring up a great example to end this article. Tennis star Roger Federer did not become the great tennis player he is overnight. He worked very hard to get to where he is in his career now. That patience and dedication is what even gave him the chance to win his 5th Australian Open Title in early 2017. He took 6 months off due to a knee injury but then came back and he was playing like a man possessed. He beat three Top 10 players in the world (Kei Nishikori, Stan Wawrinka, and Rafael Nadal) to win his 18th Grand Slam Singles title. And he did so at age 35. And when a person reaches that age in professional tennis, that age is VERY old. But age did not matter to Roger as he returned to play the game that he loves. So the moral of the story is instead of being impatient, try to work on being the other way instead. So instead of being impatient, work on being a more patient person.

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      Ara Vahanian 6 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Priya Barua: thank you for commenting and I am glad that you liked the article. Yes, Western countries tend to be fast paced but that depends where in the Western world.

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      Priya Barua 6 months ago

      I agree with your aurguments, especially the last one, most western countries do create, support and sell this fast paced life and... I also like your article. It is very well-written.