Previously I wrote about Forrest Gump and Perseverance; today let’s focus on Persistence and the relationship between the two behaviors. What is the difference between persistence and perseverance? After all, they are both defined similarly as ‘a steadfast pursuit of some course of action or purpose in spite of opposition, obstacles, or difficulties’. They are clearly synonyms.
About-Personal-Growth.com notes that the National Constitution Center defines the difference between persistence and perseverance in the following manner: Persistence means sticking to a course of action, while Perseverance involves sticking to a belief or idea. So in my mind, perseverance is the macro- (the big picture) while persistence is the micro- (the details). One must be steadfast in the pursuit of his dreams and major goals as one must be steadfast in accomplishing the specific tasks necessary to achieve those goals. In both cases, there will likely be many obstacles and difficulties.
Let’s examine a few examples of Forrest Gump’s persistent nature.