Watched Pot Never Boils

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When you are waiting for something but will not happen when you are concentrating,

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  • The water in the pot will eventually boil if someone puts fire under it. On the contrary, if you just stand there watching the pot, it seems to take a very long time for boiling. The idiom is used for explaining the fact that anxiety or impatience can’t speed up the things, they even make the time feeling longer.

It is better to do something else besides waiting for the boss. A watched pot never boils.

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