A young boy traveled to Japan to a school of a famous martial artist. He wanted to be a student. This young boy — when he arrived at the dojo — was given an audience by the sensei (teacher).
The teacher said, “What do you wish from me?”
The student responded, “I wish to be your student and become the finest student in the land. How long must I study?”
The master replied, “How long do you think you should study?”
“I want to study for as long as I need to study. How long should that be?”
“10 years at least!” the master answered.
“What if I study twice as hard as all your other students?”
“20 years, then.”
“20 years?! What if I practice day and night with all my effort?”
The master answered, “Then it would be 30 years.”
“How is it that each time I say I will work harder, you tell me it will take longer?”
“The answer is clear,” said the teacher, “when one eye is fixed on your destination, there is only one eye left with which to find the way.”
In other words, a full, complete presence gives us more clarity and a broader view to find the way.
Source: The Power of Patience