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We are often told that being ‘stubborn’ is bad and being flexible is ‘good’. Why is this?

Being stubborn means– “How dare you not obey me?”

And being flexible means:

I am so happy that you obeyed me and were obedient to me.

Stubbornness will only be seen as a virtue faaaar later than you’ve achieved ‘success’

For example, Steve Jobs was infamously stubborn during his tenure at Apple, and in creating Apple. Only looooong after his death now that we are seeing the upside and the benefit of his artistic vision of ‘closed’ systems (at the time it was seen as heresy). Steve Wozniak wanted the original Apple to be open just like the PC-counterparts of the time, but it seems that Steve Jobs was ultimately ‘right’ in the long-term. And this is probably why Steve Wozniak will not be remembered into the future as a great innovator while Steve Jobs will be remembered as a great innovator.

My trick

My trick is this:

When someone offers a certain suggestion or idea to me, I try it at least once (or sometimes twice). Then if it doesn’t work for me, or I see it as against my own taste, then I stay stubborn to my own ways.

Thus ultimately, stubbornness is our new virtue!



selfie ERIC KIM talking vlog

Your Own Personal Code of Ethics

  3. The Motive of Criticism
  4. Ethics are Social
  5. Anti Role Models
  6. What is Greed?
  7. On Having the Courage to Make Your Own Decisions
  8. How *NOT* to Get Duped or Suckered
  9. Why Help Others?
  10. The Duty of the Strong
  11. Why I’m So Intolerant Towards Intolerance
  12. The Ethics of Criticizing Others
  13. Consult Your Own Conscience
  14. The Ethics of Shit Talking
  15. The Ethics of Personal Enrichment
  16. I’m Easily Distracted
  17. On Forming Your Own Opinion
  18. ERIC KIM Philosophy of Tolerance
  19. Tolerance
  20. Aesthetics are Ethics
  21. Morality and Ethics
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