In order to fully understand the meaning of the term persistence that now concerns us, the first thing to do is proceed to determine its etymological origin. In this sense, we can say that it emanates from the Latin, and more precisely from the verb I will persistwhich can be translated as “stand firm and still”.
Persistence is the action and effect of persisting (to remain constant in something, to last for a long time). For example: “If you want to be successful in this profession, you must have persistence”, “Her persistence allowed her to enter the world of television and today she is a star”, “I admire your persistence and your ability not to give up”.
The importance of persistence
Persistence is considered a very important value to reach a objective or get to one goal. The experts in coaching they recognize many values (such as time management, planning ability, strategy development, intrapersonal intelligence, technical and professional knowledge, etc.), but few as relevant as persistence.
This attitude and personal ability helps make up for the lack of other skills. The person persistent will continue to try despite eventual failures and will be able to learn from each one of them. Persistence is also linked to overcoming obstacles, no matter how difficult they are.
Classification according to type
Specifically, we can determine that three different types of persistence are established within coaching:
• Blind, which is that kind of persistence in which there is no achievement because she becomes the target itself.
• Planned. This we can say that it is the one that if used intelligently, in the end will allow the objective or goals that have been proposed to be achieved.
• Random. As its name suggests, it is based on the random use of the tools that are within reach, hoping that luck will finally give you the opportunity to achieve the desired goal.
An example of persistence
A clear example to understand this typology would be the following. If we have a safe that we want to open but we don’t know the numerical combination that achieves it, we will have to start trying alternatives until it opens.
Blind persistence would be deciding on a specific number and dialing it over and over again, waiting for the box to open. On the other hand, the planned one would consist of following a logical sequence of alternatives and combinations until reaching the appropriate one. And finally, random persistence would mean trying random numbers, without any kind of logic or order, until you find the right one.
The concept in vision, acoustics and computer science
The persistence of visionon the other hand, refers to the ability of the retina to preserve the impression of images, which provides continuity to the films. The retinal persistence causes an object to be perceived even when it is no longer in front of the eyes.
In a similar sense, the acoustic persistence it is associated with the perception capacity of the ear, the speed of sound propagation and distances. These factors cause acoustic persistence to occur and an echo or reverberation to be noticed.
In the computingFinally, persistence is the property of data to subsist in one way or another.