For the humans, anyway, this seems to be a challenge, in general. I mean, there are some species that seem way better at it than homo sapiens.
Elephants, for instance, will wait 95 weeks for a baby to hatch. Sheesh, and we thought 40 was rough! (BT Dubs, it is.)
Then there are Komodo dragons who bite their prey, injecting slow-acting poison into their systems. Next, they follow them, FOR WEEKS, as they weaken and finally drop over and dinner is FINALLY served. (YIKES alive, er, dead!)
Earlier this year, a handful of the globe's smartest economists published a research paper studying cross-country differences in character traits like patience, risk aversion, reciprocity, altruism, and trust. They gathered data by conducting surveys with 80,000 people across 76 countries within the framework of the 2012 Gallup World Poll. This stuff takes a while, a'ight? Anyway, here's an excerpt of the report:
"In the context of this study, 'patience' was defined as willingness to give up something that is beneficial for you today in order to benefit more from that in the future. To measure this, the researchers ... asked participants about their willingness to postpone a hypothetical reward; but, importantly, they chose a specific question format that they had shown would predict choices in experiments where people had to postpone real reward."
I'm thinking, money? Most earthlings seem fairly motivated by cash. Either way, Sweden was deemed most tolerant, with the Netherlands coming in second and the good old US of A taking the bronze in the "laid-back" department.
Hmm, a little shocking that we even came in third. Have these people ever gone shopping in NYC? Just sayin'...
Point is, patience ain't a virtue by accident, okay? It's not easy; especially when you try displaying it with the person in the mirror, if you catch me.
Good news is, there's somebody up there whose patience never runs low ... as long as we keep trying to do the right stuff, Capisce?