“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw
I brought up the dilemma I had on stubbornness versus confidence with one of my professors during my psychology course.
He drew on the board a spectrum. On one end is Indecisiveness. On the other end is Stubborness. In between are: confidence, persistence, determination…
His perspective is that, if we have a scale in our head, we could decide for ourselves whether we were confident of our new and perhaps “crazy” ideas (crazy to everyone else), or purely stubborn.
I thought the stars were aligning, for the night before I had written the previous post and entitled it in the very same words: Stubbornness versus Confidence.
Then, the professor pointed me to this quote from Shaw, who incidentally is one of my favourite authors.
Then he left me with one more inspiration, “you could thank people for their feedback, remain firm in the direction you want to go, but set yourself a time limit to try out…”
I asked the class to help me out for a trial. A few people were very supportive and offered their time and brains.
So that’s what I will do at some point.
I am an unreasonable woman.