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Are You Persistent Or Just Stubborn?

by Russell Bishop

Last week, we took on the notion of resistance, stating that what you resist, you are stuck with. All kinds of comments came in, ranging from agreement, to disagreement, to those who wanted me to know that other people have said something similar before me.

A good question arose, however. What’s the difference between resistance and persistence? And where does being stubborn fit in?

How do you know if you are being persistent or just stubborn?

There’s an old story about Thomas Edison and the light bulb, a story which may or may not be true. However, the point of the story will probably resonate.

On the way to light bulb, Edison experimented with thousands of different filaments before he settled on a carbon filament that would last for hours. Once the light bulb became somewhat available, the story goes that he was interviewed by a science editor for a major publication. The editor asked Edison how it felt to have failed so many times with the thousands of previous filament experiments. Edison replied something like, “Fail? I give you light bulb!” The editor stubbornly persisted, “but look at all your failures along the way!” To which Edison simply pointed out, “The light bulb had thousands of steps to it along the way. Had I viewed the previous steps as failures, I never would have wound up with light bulb. I just didn’t know how many steps there were before we would wind up with light bulb.”

Again, who knows if the story is true or not. But the point is still quite valid.

Lao-tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I like to say that he left out an important element: “a thousand mile journey takes all the steps it takes.”

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December 14, 2009 Posted by | News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CIA Mentored By Magicians

At the height of the Cold War, the Central Intelligence Agency paid $3,000 to renowned magician John Mulholland to write a manual on misdirection, concealment, and stagecraft. All known copies of the document — and a related paper, on conveying hidden signals — were believed to be destroyed in 1973. But recently, the manuals resurfaced, and have now been published as “The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception.” Topics include working a clandestine partner, slipping a pill into the drink of the unsuspecting, and “surreptitious removal of objects by women.”  Continue reading at Wired…

November 24, 2009 Posted by | News, Weapons | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment