Why do persistence and perseverance sometimes work against us?
Persistence and perseverance are two vitally important characteristics needed for success in life and business, but in certain situations they can work against us, keeping us focused on the problem and not an alternative path to the solution.
I had an experience of this myself earlier this week.
A reader had submitted a comment on one of my posts, disagreeing with my opinion. I have no problem with that, but I did object to 2 obscene words in the comment. I have no objection to swearing, swear myself at times and sometimes a single swear word can add more impact than a whole sentence of polite words.
However, I know and appreciate that this blog attracts visitors from a wide range of backgrounds, age groups and sensitivities. I accept the risk of alienating people of a more liberal political outlook with my attacks on political correctness and the loss of individual rights. One of the purposes of this blog is to encourage critical and contrarian thinking, to look at things from a different perspective.
It is impossible to please everyone, trying to do that spells disaster for any endeavour, business, political or literary. But, I still believe in the importance of good manners and acceptable behaviour. It is possible to disagree strongly with an opinion but respect the person who holds it. For that reason, and I suppose as a baby boomer taught not to use bad language in public, I do not use swear words on this blog nor accept them in comments.
I though that it would add value by letting the comment stand after editing out the offending words.
Many months ago, I switched to the Disqus comment system. I had not attempted to edit a comment since the switch. I edited the comment in the WordPress dashboard as I have done on previous occasions only to find that it still appeared in its original form on the blog. Back to the edit window and the edited version appeared.
That is when both the persistence and perseverance kicked in, I was not going to give up, I was determined to get it right. I knew I was taking the correct steps because I had done the same thing before.
After 30 minutes of frustration, I took a break, did something completely different, put the comment editing problem right out of my mind.
Within an hour, the light bulb went on, Disqus! Sure enough when I opened up the Disqus dashboard, I could edit the comment and the edited version came up on the blog.
This might be a male thing, like refusing to stop and ask for directions until one is hopelessly lost, but I think it is a little more complicated than that.
Persistence and perseverance are important, but if repeating the same steps does not get results, we need to look at other possibilities.
Do you blindly persist and persevere without getting results? Or do you look for alternative solutions?
What are your thoughts on my censoring comments? Am I still living in the Victorian era?
Wishing you success.