I am a wordsmith and always on the lookout for new words and new ways to describe my thoughts and feelings. Today that word is


No, this is not a word I just learned, but it is one I haven’t heard in a while.

I came across this word most recently on the weekly CBS TV show Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation. It was used to describe the most desirable quality for innovators. To come up with something new and valuable requires many failures before you finally formalize a success.

Most of us dream, at least some time in our lives, that we will get an idea that will make us famous and give our existence on earth worth all the resources we gobbled up. About a hundred plus years ago Thomas Edison invented the incandescent light bulb and that changed everything. But many do not know that he spent years and thousands of failed experiments before he came up with just the right materials to make the bulb happen. His idea of a light bulb lasted over one-hundred years and has now been replaced by LED bulbs. That is just the nature of scientific discovery. Something is around until something better is discovered to replace it. LED bulbs use about a tenth of the electricity of Edison’s invention.

I love the graphic at the top of this post that shows the basic difference between tenacity and persistence. Tenacity is always striving to learn new ways to solve problems whereas persistence as Albert Einstein said, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

I am proud to say that I am very determined and always willing to discard previous knowledge when it has been proven inadequate. As far as I am concerned that is one of my more memorable traits.

How about you? Are you a tenacious person?

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