Obstinacy

Stubborn

I’ve been rereading “Think and Grow Rich,” by Napoleon Hill…I think it’s 5th time I’ve read it (yep, it’s that good!). One of the things I got fixated on this time was the importance of stubbornness, when to apply it, and when to let things go.

For those of you who don’t know,Napoleon Hill was approached by Andrew Carnegie with the idea for the book: research and interview the most successful people of all time, find commonalities among them, and figure out which personality traits, habits, ideas, and thoughts led them to be successful. Great concept.

He’s talking about how Henry Ford would come to a decision quickly, but then be very slow to change his mind. He asked his research team to create an engine block out of a single piece of metal, and they said it was impossible. He said, “do it anyway.” They continued to work on it, and after six months, they said it was still impossible. Ford told them it didn’t matter if it was impossible, they should continue to focus on doing it. It was over a year before the research team was able to do it and Ford was able to implement the revolutionary engine block that saved both time and money.

He was stubborn about his idea for over a year, pouring money into the research even though the people doing the research said it was impossible. The point is, everything takes time. If you’re looking to make a change in your life, be it weight loss or running your own business, it’s going to take time. Probably a lot of it. You have to be stubborn enough to wait out that period of time and continue to focus on your goal.

You might be asking, “well, what if the thing I’m being stubborn about is wrong, and it isn’t going to work out? Won’t I be wasting my time then?” No. An emphatic “no.” As long as that thing toward which you’re working is a worthy goal in your mind, it isn’t a waste of time for two reasons. The first is that, if nothing else, it is a learning period. You will gain knowledge and experience that you can use for the rest of your life. That’s never wasted time. And the second reason is that you can make anything work. I won’t say nothing is impossible, but I will say impossible is nothing. We overcome impossible on a daily basis.

If there’s something you really want, then grit your teeth, clench your fists and go get it. Persistence and diligence can make anything work. Just be stubborn. Know in your head that what you’re doing will work, and it will.

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10 comments

  1. AmazinglyBrash · April 16, 2015

    Very interesting, well written prospective. I Love to see people promoting the impossible in a very possible way. One extra believer in the impossible is one step closer to it becoming a possibility. Widsom grows in a few and their job is to bring their knowledge to life. It funny, you have a problem with “entitled” but not “stubborn”….thanks for the read. It add fuel!!!!

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    • irrationalliving · April 16, 2015

      Thanks very much! Yea, I think that we are the only limits to ourselves. Haha I guess that is pretty funny, since stubborn has a negative connotation a lot of the time too. Must just be my experience with them πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed it!

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  2. MidLifeMeltdown · April 16, 2015

    What jumps out at me is “making decisions quickly” is a key component. I go to plenty of work meeting lots of talking and no decisions. Even wrong decisions can help you get to the right decision faster but so many people are afraid of being wrong that they make no decision. i think it goes back to our education system, to get an “A” in a class you need to get an “A” on everything. Make decisions, good or bad learn faster, Just try not to lose to much money in the process :).

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    • irrationalliving · April 16, 2015

      Yes, this is a really brilliant observation! Kudos. I agree with you, mistakes and bad decisions give us experience and knowledge which can then be used to find a better decision in time. Really great stuff! I never thought about it linked to the education system, though. Makes perfect sense.

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  3. controversialcook · April 16, 2015

    Only things that take time to accomplish have real value. Sometimes one has a good idea but it may need a long period of incubation and polishing to bring it to realization. It’s also important though to be able discard ideas that seem good when formulated but not so good and feasible after a while.

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    • irrationalliving · April 16, 2015

      Yes, very true. I think a lot hangs in the time delay here….good things definitely take planning, but at some point you probably get more and learn more from making a decision and acting on it, and possibly correcting it. And that second point is spot on. I think we get ideas that are successful when we put them into action, but over time they dull or become a hindrance. It takes systematic revision to make sure your ideas from a month ago are still working to your advantage!

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  4. TheSuccessStory · April 16, 2015

    I love that book! Its a long read can’t believe you’ve read it that many times! Lol. But I love your viewpoint on this. It is something I try to live by on a daily basis.

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    • irrationalliving · April 16, 2015

      I love it too. I only keep rereading it because each time I get something new out of it πŸ™‚ thanks very much! I hope it is as helpful to you as it was to Ford πŸ˜€

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      • TheSuccessStory · April 16, 2015

        Im currently reading the 7 habits of highly effective people. But i think i may need to start re reading think and grow rich again. Just to give it a fresh look.

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      • irrationalliving · April 16, 2015

        Oh that’s a great book too!

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