Stubbornness is a trait that everyone shares. Virtually everyone has shown stubbornness at at least one point in their life. It is a trait inherent within us as human beings. Stubbornness is the characteristic that prevents us from letting go of a desire or goal even if it is not in our best interest to pursue it.
Sometimes stubbornness can be a good thing, but sometime it can also be a bad thing. For instance, Abraham Lincoln, a man who was rejected from positions of leadership eight times, out of stubbornness, continued to pursue his dreams and ultimately rose to become one of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States. However, although stubbornness can be beneficial to many people like Abraham Lincoln, it can also be detrimental in many instances as well. If one clings to a certain viewpoint out of stubbornness without considering the validity of other viewpoints, he or she will often lose sight of reality. In the 16th century many people refused to accept Galileo's proposal that the Earth revolved around the sun because it contradicted their belief that it was the other way around. Their stubbornness overruled the evidence and as a result they continued their belief system for another 100 years when in actuality Galileo had been corrected.
In conclusion, stubbornness can be both helpful and hurtful. It can lead to both success and failure; however, there is no denying its existence. Stubbornness is a trait present within all of us; it is up to us how we use it.
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