Patience vs Complacency
One hard lesson I've learned this year is how slow things take.
You want things to happen fast.
You want progress to happen now.
But often, it takes much longer than you think it will, and you have to be okay with that. You can't force your relationships to develop any faster than you want, whether that's at work or in a romantic setting.
All you can do is take the right steps every day and be patient.
You have to trust the process. Of course you also have to make sure the process will be valuable to you in the end.
But it's not complacency to keep chugging along and get slow results. That's called patience and it's oh so necessary in this fast world.