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S I X T E E N

Patience

A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.

—GEORGE SAVILE

Not too long ago, “ropes” courses were all the rage in the United States. These are the outdoor adventure programs where participants climb through trees on a series of ropes and ladders. Companies often send their leadership teams to these programs to learn about teamwork. So learning the value of patience was not what Dave Orewiler expected from his nine-day course outside Asheville, North Carolina. But that’s exactly what he got.

Dave was a human resources executive from Long Island, New York, at the time “in between successes,” as he politely put it. Not being with a corporate team, Dave was put in a diverse group of a dozen others who ...

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