Some people see persistence as good and stubborn as a mere blink away from stupid. Take me, for example. I think I’m persistent. I see myself as carrying on against all odds and in spite of obstacles. Yet my wife thinks I’m stubborn. She would, I suppose, because stubborn means unreasonably obstinate, unyielding and inflexible.
So I’ve decided to make sense of these two tricky terms, to help me cope with friend and foe alike.
Persistence is a behavior. Stubborn is an attitude.
Persistence aims at a future outcome. Stubborn clings to a past position.
Persistence kicks in when conviction is involved. Stubborn is triggered when the ego is at stake.
Now, which will you be today?
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