Stubbornness vs Persistence

There's a fine line between stubbornness and persistence.

Stubbornness is refusing to acknowledge the circumstances have changed, and so therefore, must the behaviors that result in success.

Persistence is recognizing that the game we're playing is a long one and the only way to lose is to quit.

Stubbornness idolizes the method, and loses sight of the principle.

Persistence idolizes the principle, and changes the method.

Stubbornness is a failure to adapt.

Persistence is failure to acquiesce.

Stubbornness results in subtle decay, a sense of "just trying to hang on."

Persistence results in subtle improvement, a sense of "I can't wait to see where this will be in six year's time."

If you're feeling discouraged by the lack of progress, persist.

If you're feeling uninspired by the lack of transformation, persist.

If you're feeling uncertain about why you started, persist.


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