October 24, 2015

3 Reasons to "Wait for It!!!"

It’s hard to be patient in a world used to immediate results. I understand that. However, some of the greatest victories often come about through forced patience, or through the deep analysis of past mistakes. In brief, successes are usually achieved when we are willing to let go of the past and reinvent ourselves.

Today, I would like to give three examples of how endurance pays off. Disasters are often followed by eventual victory.  Two of the cases are from history. One is from my own life experience.

Please note: If you’re a die-hard history buff, I respect that, but I am not going to put in every single detail of what happened. I am going only by what I learned from America: Facts vs. Fiction--and a few other credible sources.

General Douglas MacArthur

***He was the American five-star general who was over the Allied forces in the Pacific during World War II. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7th, 1941, he was warned to evacuate all troops from the nearby Philippines. He refused to heed the warning.

As a result, the Japanese did invade that country. Allied forces tried to flee at the last minute, leaving most of their supplies behind. They didn’t make it.  The result was the catastrophic event called the Bataan Death March. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was so embarrassed that he gave MacArthur a Congressional Medal of Honor in order to quiet/confuse critics.

***That story changed during the Korean War. During September, 1950, the general launched an unexpected amphibious assault against the marshy, undefended Inchon peninsula. Seoul, the capitol, was liberated two days later. The Battle of Inchon was considered a success, nine years after the disaster in the Philippines.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower

He was the 34th President of the United States. However, he came to that office with decades of military experience. During World War II, this five-star general was appointed Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe by American President, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

***Eisenhower was known to be a master of logistics. Naturally, he wanted a flawless “dress rehearsal” of D-Day, the amphibious attack on German-occupied French soil. This practice drill was dubbed Operation Tiger. It took place in April, 1944, two months before the assault on the beaches of Normandy, France. The whole maneuver was such a fiasco that the details weren’t declassified until the 1980’s.

The practice run was held on a beach in England, friendly territory. Unfortunately, due to massive miscommunication, everything that could go wrong did go awry. The Germans attacked. Some of the participants were killed by friendly fire. The list goes on.

***One can only imagine how stressed out Eisenhower became when planning the actual D-Day invasion for June 6, 1944. It’s said that he got no sleep, drank 22 cups of coffee a day, and chain smoked. Yet, all his planning worked out, including using the perfect craft for actually bringing the soldiers up to the shallows of the beach: the Higgins boat.

More than 9,000 Allied troops lost their lives on the beaches of Normandy that day. The Allies were fighting entrenched German forces as they came ashore. However, the successful maneuver allowed more than 100,000 soldiers crucial access to continental Europe. They could finally meet Hitler’s forces head on.  

Without the debacle of Operation Tiger, D-Day might never have been the success that it was. Eisenhower was given about two months to iron out the kinks in his plan, and he used them to his full advantage.


I have edited a few books.  Without fail, the finished product (the published book) takes longer to put together than expected. That’s nothing against the authors; it’s just a fact. Text gets messed up for unknown reasons. Research takes longer than expected. Personal crises arise. Miscommunication is rampant.  I always wonder how I can help a gifted author get published, but the book always comes together in the end. If the result isn’t absolutely perfect, please show me a book that is without flaw.

My Conclusion

I have participated in theater. This is a common saying: “The worse the dress rehearsal, the better the performance.” I have seen many examples of this in my life. I know the value of “waiting for it”. Sometimes, all we can do is wait and hope, even when there seems to be no logical reason to believe in a better tomorrow.

Please see more about persistence against the odds in my book, Accept No Trash Talk: Overcoming the Odds.

How has your patience paid off?

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