“Good things come to those who wait” is a favourite saying of IFA Derek Allan of Independent Benefit Consultancy.
“It came to mind most vividly when I was visiting a famous museum in Dublin at the weekend that celebrates the production of a certain ‘glorious black liquid’; I hadn’t a clue about brewing, about how it’s done, the chemistry, the various techniques, the trials and tribulations – although I thoroughly enjoy quaffing the results of it all.
“Funnily enough it starts from a seed, a tiny wee seed mixed with some yeast, water and hops and the whole thing involves a variety of differing planning processes. From time to time there would be new initiatives, some good and some not so good, but the learning that came from them was huge. It brought enjoyment to the masses, and work to a lot of people all over the world – and to think it all originated with one gentleman supported by some money from his wife.
“I did not know how skillful a master cooper was or how much water was taken from the surrounding hills to support the venture, including all the various legalities. I did not know how many boats, ships and trains were used in the process either. Looking and trying to understand that process, and seeing what hard work went into it, was intriguing.
“It made me think of what we want from our own lives and plans. Actually most us don’t have any plans and can’t understand why we don’t appear to be going anywhere. Now I am more sure than ever about the importance of having a plan, as well as being prepared to wait, change and adapt it along the way.
“A whole host of different challenges will confront your plan, and it may have to change and adapt to them. It may cost a lot of time and frustration, but with persistence you will meet your goal.
“I was a talking to a client yesterday about the ‘glorious black liquid’ and my enthusiasm not just for drinking the stuff but understanding what enormous levels of work have been put into its production. We agreed that in this world of instant results, it is heartening to see the value of patience so appreciated – something that takes a long time to arrive tastes twice as sweet.
“So I always encourage clients to plan, and to start this process as early as possible for the best results. I tell them the story of the wee seed in Dublin and what it has grown into and they soon get the message.”
Contact Derek Allan, Independent Benefit Consultancy, 0141 404 5405