Now the deadlines I face are no less important or daunting, but most are not of the daily variety. Instead, I have had to figure out how to use my time effectively to meet deadlines that are weeks or even months away. At first, I had very little patience for this change and still wanted everything to happen immediately. As the months have passed, I've grown a bit better at managing the new rhythm, but my impatience sometimes rises to the surface.
Fact is, I'm not sure I've made a lot of progress with patience during the last six months. It's still frustrating for me when I'm asked a question I can't answer, or when I have to ask someone else a long string of questions to make sure I'm completing a task correctly.
I still want to know everything right now, and it's annoying that I don't. I guess I have to be satisfied for now with the knowledge that I appear to be making progress, and I'll keep working on being more patient with myself.
After all, chances are good that as soon as I think I've got things figured out, I'll have a new project to attack that will once again force me to stretch my abilities and practice my patience.
I guess that's the most important thing I've discovered during the last six months: When you're starting a new career, the learning never stops.
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