These three things are clearly linked, stubbornness, egotism and arrogance. And we need them all if we want to succeed in life. It's just how to control them that is important.
In business it is important to be stubborn, to never give up, to persevere, to strive for success. If you want to be the best, you need to have a strong ego. Sometimes a little arrogance produces a lot of confidence.
There is however a fine line between having a little of each of these three important factors to succeed and from being perceived as a total jerk. So how do you know control stubbornness, egotism and arrogance?
In my role as a consultant and coach, the boundary is set for me from honest feedback. In my early years I would ignore feedback on ways to improve my workshops.
"I'll dismiss that comment, what would they know" I would tell myself. And the same negative comment would be made after each session. One day the lights went on and I changed my program. And it worked.
It is said that you should try to avoid the negatives in life, I don't. I now listen to them and use them to my advantage. I change things by embracing the negatives and turning them into positives. The result, a 95% engagement rate.
Humility, a word not often used these days but one that I try as hard as possible to adhere to. By all means remain stubborn, egotistical and arrogant, at least moderate them with a little humility. After all, a little humility goes a long way.