In Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne once said that,
Rivers know this, that there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.
While queuing to do my normal banking transaction, with the hope that I had some funds in my account, given how tough January was, I overheard a conversation on how old my bank was and I was agape! I was like, “what do you mean Chase Bank is 20 years old?” Interestingly, this is a fact about my preferred bank that I wasn’t aware of. I mean I have banked with them for over three years and I pride myself in being able to know my associations well.
This caught me by pleasant surprise and it made my heart warm. To the best of my knowledge, I thought Chase Bank was about 7 years old. I mean I heard of them just after campus. This revelation made me reflect upon my own challenges and short comings. While going to the bank, I was worried, anxious, even angry at my own problems and trials.
The problem with my generation is that we want that success right now minus the tears, the sweats, the sleepless nights, the battles, the conflicts and all those ingredients that make success such a juicy tale to hear. Before I joined the bank, I had never heard of it. I believed it was a recent success. I mean, it never crossed my mind to look behind the veil and understand the true reasons for Chase Bank’s success.
While on that queue, my heart calmed down. #ChaseAt20 helped me put into perspective my issues without losing my head over it. I imagined the journey the bank had gone through to get here. 20 years isn’t a mere joke, especially if you are a business in Africa. The entrepreneurial terrain is a vicious one and only few succeed.
Most successful brands that we grew up knowing or associating with were multinationals that had good backgrounds in their motherland countries. Chase Bank is a local story that few of us knew of. Molière once said, ‘Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” Indeed Chase took her time to grow. While I thought she was 7 years old, here she was at 20, a full, mature brand that has a lot to offer. Like a beautiful lady walking into a restaurant and everyone turning around to gaze upon her enchanting beauty.
#ChaseAt20 is a slow but sure journey that one thing is clear through it all and this is the principle of patience. It has wielded patience in a market riddled with stiff competition, stringent regulation and a target market that is unpredictable. It has wielded patience like a weapon that saw them through their journey and this is what gave me peace and calmed my nerves as I approached the beautiful lady at the till to do my transaction.
I realized that patience is a principle, if used well, all our dreams can be ours. I also realized that Chase Bank took the time to learn, adapt, change and be creative in the realm of business. This made me appreciate the bank in ways I didn’t think possible. I asked myself what challenges has the brand overcome to get here and it inspired me. It made realize that if I want true and honest success, then I must wield patience just like what Chase Bank has done. This made me leave the bank in a better mood than I had gone in. It even gave me the courage to ask the beautiful lady her number.
The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter. ~ Paulo Coelho in Veronika Decides to Die
If you were to look into your life 20 years ago or 20 years from now, what principle would your 20 year be made up of? #ChaseAt20. Share with us in the form below and your story could be featured in the next guest post. Throughout this year we aim to share inspiring stories from our staff, clients, suppliers or friends of Chase Bank.