Sanctified bull doggedness“Your success does not depend upon the brilliance and the impetuosity with which you take hold, but upon the ever lasting and sanctified bull doggedness with which you hang on after you have taken hold.” –– Dr. A. B. Meldrum
As anyone who knows me well can tell you, tenacity is a virtue that sometimes becomes a disadvantage. There’s such a thing as being too stubborn and too persistent when facing obstacles, whether tangible, conversational or imaginary. People with autism are often described as engaging in perseveration, but I’ve known more than a few so-called normal people (myself among them) who just can’t seem to find the “off” switch and don’t know when to move on.
Still, if given the choice between too much tenacity and too little, I’d go for too much every time. History is full of stories that demonstrate how important it is not to give up easily. Since Jeff shares this trait of tenacity with me, I have seen first hand how it can literally be a lifesaving tendency. His refusal to give up in the face of agonizing pain and long odds has been an inspiration to me.
It’s a fine line to walk, knowing when to give up and when to keep trying. On which side do you tend to err? Are there areas of your life that you need to let go of? Are there others that might be resolved with sustained effort and patience?