Let’s face facts – stubbornness doesn’t have the best reputation. Usually, people tend to think of stubbornness as a bad trait. And for good reason. Being stubborn is rarely viewed as a good thing, never mind advantageous for your career.
However, life is a weird. The traits that are supposed to get you ahead often don’t – and vice versa.
In many ways – for many reasons – being stubborn Is a good thing.
In fact, being stubborn might even be one of the keys to success.
1. Stubbornness Is Good, Because It Encourages Decisiveness
As a boss or an entrepreneur, you need to make decisions on the spur of the moment. Jeff Bezos often says it’s essential to make 100% of the choices with only 75% of the information.
If you wait too long, then you might miss out on a potentially golden opportunity to make money and advance the company.
Unfortunately, lots of leaders are wobbly in their decision making. They wait for more validation and fall victim to their hesitation.
However, stubbornness encourages you to be decisive – and act fast on your intuitions. Even if a venture doesn’t pay off, it’s healthy to take a confident calculated risk.
2. When You’re Stubborn, You Don’t Quit – Which Is A Good Thing
Entrepreneurs who stubbornly persist and doggedly persevere are better equipped for success.
Basically, stubborn people don’t give in or let someone or something easily beat them.
Stubborn people are committed to problem solving a situation or else it will bug them for the rest of their life. And that’s a helpful trait in business.
Plus stubborn people are unwilling to settle for less. They fight the good fight to get the best results -and that helps them to achieve the best results.
3. If You’re Stubborn, You Question Things
Stubbornness leads you to believe there’s a better way – namely yours!
When you insist on questioning the way things presently are, you can wind up discovering truly awesome innovative opportunities and revolutionary ideas and solutions.
Take a loan as an example. Payday advances get bad PR. But… if you use them creatively and strategically, they can be an excellent way to stay liquid. Sure, it’s vital that you’re careful, but you shouldn’t stay away from them at all costs. Especially if it’s an emergency.
Similarly stubborn people are doggedly determined to find the good in the good in a bad situation – or find a way to make a challenging situation work.
4. Stubborn People Are Not Swayed By The Crowd
When you’re stubborn, you’re less likely to blindly follow the crowd. You’re more likely to think up creative ways to move forward – and follow your heart.
If you’re a boss, you need to lead from a place of inner strength. You should not be influenced by fears or external pressures.
Yes, it takes true courage to follow your heart and not the crowd. People might see you (at first) as irrational or crazy. However, the biggest success stories are usually ones which include an innovative thinker – a renegade who refused to cave to the roar of the crowd.
Are you stubborn?
Do you treat this trait as an affliction? It’s time to see it for what it is – a potential superpower. But, like all superpowers, you should wield it appropriately.
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