Archive for November, 2009

What is Perseverance

Last night I watched a documentary about how the superb car Corvette is made. They presented the history of this car and stated that perseverance was the key factor that conducted to what this car is today, the perseverance of those that made and improved it. This statement made me think: What is perseverance? Why is this personality trait of a person so important? and How do this work to reach such great results?

1. Perseverance is a personality trait. If personality is compounded by two large dimensions, such as temperament (mostly genetic) and character (mostly constructed by environment, education and experience), then perseverence belong to the last one. All these mean perseverance is a quality you can acquire, build and improve anytime. Let’s assume that there is nobody who totally lacks it, but there are a lot of us who aren’t concerned about it or don’t develop it to its full potential. The good news is that this trait is in the range of human control, that you can improve it and benefit it.

2. Perseverance is a habit: the habit of keep trying when others give up, of staying when difficulty arise, the habit to endure while doing something that your immediate wish is to quit. We also can see it as the ability to steady pursue a goal, as the capacity to keep working toward an objective, especially when the path to the end is hard. It is the skill to stay at a difficult task. (more…)