March 14, 2023

The Two Faces of Perseverance

Perseverance doesn't always mean sticking to the plan.

It means doing everything you can to get to your goals. To finish the project. To complete the training. To finally achieve the success and happiness that you've been dreaming of.

Sometimes that requires trusting the process, doing the same work everyday until it gives you results. But sometimes, perseverance requires you to change the plan based on new information you gather. This is when you need to act fast, react fast, to either seize a gain or avoid a loss.

It pays to assess the situation every now and then, to make sure you don't get stuck doing the same thing over and over with no progress.

As much as being persistent and patient, you also need to be scrappy. You need to know when to change course. When to pivot. And be unafraid to do so.

Perseverance is a delicate balance between patience and aggressiveness. Of trusting the process, while also coming up with fresh, creative solutions.