The word stubborn triggers numerous connotations with itself when it is read, spoken or written in any scenario. The subject may be regarded as being highly obstinate and headstrong in not adhering to somebody’s chosen instructions or may be labeled by as being utterly unyielding or aggressive in nature.
In this post let us see a new and different light to the word stubborn.
Isaac D’Israeli quoted “The self-educated are marked by stubborn peculiarities”.
He was a British writer, scholar and the father of British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. His book The Life and Reign of Charles I (1828) resulted in his being awarded the degree of D.C.L. from the prestigious Oxford University.
Let us decrypt his aforementioned quote. Self-education also referred to as autodidacticism is characterized by self-learning and self-teaching about a subject in which one has had little to no formal education. The people who have had acquired their skills via this education displayed eccentric and peculiar persona which helped them to overcome difficulty, danger and disappointed. Their stubborn and relentless pursuit to learn and master their craft ushered their way to success.
Let us dig deep into history to find and zoom into some prominent autodidacts:
- Rabindranath Tagore, a Bengali polymath reshaped his region’s literature and music. The author of Gitanjali,became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
- Russian cinematographer Mikhail Krichman taught himself cinematography through reading technical magazines, books and watching films.
- Le Corbusier ,a Swiss architect, designer, urbanist, writer and painter, is famous for being one of the pioneers of what now is called Modernist architecture or the International style.
- Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster, Internet entrepreneur and former President of Facebook, Inc. too was self-taught.
There are scores of other self-educated people across the world. Let their stories inspire and motivate you to polish and nurture your own craft and bring out the latent pool of your talent in front of the world. Firm determination coupled up with the unusual feature of stubbornness will propel your way in nurturing and enhancing your abilities. Being stubborn of not giving up on your abilities and dreams will help you to remain unscathed in testing times and crisis.
Identify your strengths. Educate yourself about them. Be determined. Be peculiarly stubborn.