Stubbornness really doesn’t impress me, as it seems to be an abundant commodity; it seems that whenever you butt up against anything someone deeply identifies with, you invariably make them stubborn.
I’m impressed by someone who proactively engages with a problem, and does their best to solve it. Regardless of whether it fits within the parameters of their identity.
If I can do that, I can let the results (and consequently the universe, I think) speak for themselves. I can also become fluid and flexible, attaining that free-flowing harmony that’s hinted at in the core of philosophy, in the core of mysticism.
Ironically, I don’t have to even read the texts that describe this state in order to reach it; I can simply direct my full attention onto the problems in front of me.