The past four years I’ve been steadfast in my goal to transform myself from a pure entertainer/marketer into a speaker/facilitator/consultant. I’m not fully there, but I’m well on my way.
So, have I been persistent or stubborn? The answer is yes. I’ve been both.
I’ve persisted in spite of opposition.
I’ve endured tenaciously.
I’ve insisted on reaching my goal.
That is persistence.
I’ve been stubborn in not listening to reasons – I’m unreasonable.
I’ve been unmoving and fixed in my purpose – I’m fixed.
I’ve been difficult to manage and refused to take no – Don’t tell me, “No!”
That is stubbornness.
As a society, we admire persistence.
Individually, we loathe stubbornness.
So consider this …
Stubbornness that meets a goal is called persistence.
Persistence that falls short of a goal is called stubbornness.
Maybe the fine line between persistence and stubbornness is knowing how to bend.
Maybe the persistent are better able to adjust.
Maybe the stubborn just miss the mark.
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Steve Weber is a speaker, Forrest Gump tribute artist, facilitator, blogger, and author. The three principles of Gumption are specifically designed to get you (and your team) to Function with Gumption. Steve uses the simple, yet powerful, life lessons from the movie Forrest Gump to bring positivity back into the workplace. Learn more at SpeakingGump.com.