If there is one lesson I learned in 2014 it’s this: patience

At home it means spending more time listening instead of trying to fix. It means being in the moment and present.

With my photography it means learning that this whole thing is a process and good things take time to develop. You can’t force it.

With my work it means patience with investments I’ve made. Patience with management teams. Patience with fellow board members and co-investors.

Now I’m not saying I’m an expert at any of this. I’ve fallen on my face plenty. I suppose in this world at this moment there is such a sense of urgency that tends to drown out perspective. And reflecting on the mistakes I made this year I wish I had paused and held on longer.

But it does feel like at each challenging moment a little patience has paid off big time — even though it felt incredible hard and sometimes painful at the time.