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How perseverance might lead to a folly behavior?

Posted on: August 16, 2018

How perseverance might lead to a folly behavior?

By Dan Rockwell?

Bad ideas were good once, but nothing works always.

Quitters never win. At least that’s what we think.

The danger of perseverance is it’s virtuous: Nothing to do with wise decision

Thomas Edison famously said, “Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Don’t let Edison’s statement drive you along a losing course.

Why we persevere when we should quit:

  1. Self-confidence. Leaders persist when they should adapt because of perceived competence. “I can make it work.”
  2. Progress. A little progress is a dangerous thing.
  3. Hope. “Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torment of man.” Friedrich Nietzsche.
  4. Success in the past.
  5. Fear of failure.

Bonus: The value of past effort drives people to commit more effort in the present, sunk cost.

How to quit:

  1. Adapting isn’t giving up. Stay focused on big goals while adjusting methods.
  2. Define failure, as well as success, before beginning.
  3. Ask, “What would new leaders do?” Then, do it.
  4. Invite feedback from outsiders. You don’t see what others see.
  5. Believe self-confidence may lead you astray.

Bonus: Never let the fear of failure and losing face make you foolish. Humble yourself.

Why do leaders hang on too long?

How can leaders learn to let go of things that aren’t working?

My Note: We can give advises on all things and events, and we may tell our specific experiences, chances are that what happened next was mostly the factor of hazard in the right time and right moment.

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