When a person is being stubborn, it usually means that he or she is being difficult or unreasonable.
Stubborn people are often thought of as lazy bums. They’re hard to manage; and even harder to make them do anything aside from the things they like.
However, the dictionary gives the word “stubborn” a definition which I find quite interesting and positive. It says being stubborn means being resolute and persistent on a purpose or opinion.
For me, this implies that all successful entrepreneurs are in fact, stubborn.
How so? Let me tell you the story of someone I know.
Albert, works as a system analyst. He writes and analyzes program codes for a software development company. He is a corporate slave by day; but by night – he is an artist.
He does graphic designs, photography and digital artwork at home. It’s a hobby of his that he hopes to make into a business someday.
On one occasion, he excitedly told me that he has decided to have his artworks printed on shirts. He was really optimistic that his venture will do well.
A few months after, he stopped printing those shirts because of low sales. I offered to help him with some marketing but he declined. He said, “I have a new plan.”
Several months passed, one day, I asked him how much he has already made from selling his digital artworks online. He said a few dollars, but he was unsatisfied with the income. He believes his art is worth a lot more.
“So what’s your plan now?” I asked.
“Find another way to make money with my art,” he stubbornly replies.
Fast forward to the present. Albert still works as a system analyst; but aside from that, he now has a growing venture selling artist trading cards.
He stumbled upon the thousands of listings for ACEO Art on eBay and thought of selling his artwork through that medium. That decision proved to be successful.
Why not? Artwork is actually one of the top selling items on eBay.
In any case, I know he isn’t stopping there. I believe he still has a lot of plans for his art. Ideas and business ventures that will eventually lead him to more wealth and success.
And I credit his being stubborn for that.
He was indeed “resolute and persistent” on making money with his creations. It doesn’t matter how many times he will fail or receive mediocre results, he knows that he cannot stop until he has found his own formula for success.
The lesson: Be very stubborn about your vision, but extremely flexible about your execution.
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