AmbitionAmbition is a desire and determination to reach a goal. For example, a project manager who corners an executive outside their office to push them to clear an issue after the executive has repeatedly canceled or skipped meetings regarding the matter.diligence when you face stress. For example, a pilot who continues to work professionally to control an aircraft in extreme turbulence.
PatiencePersistence is tied to patience as it may require working for extended periods of time without seeing any results. For example, a software developer who doesn't give up on an app they are writing even when it takes two years instead of the planned two months.
Fail WellPersistence doesn't necessarily imply an irrational approach to failure. For example, fail well is the design of things to fail quickly, cheaply and safely such that you can learn from each failure and continue to pursue your goals.
PerfectionismPerfectionism is the irrational pursuit of excessive perfection. This is a negative type of persistence. For example, a designer who spends hundreds of hours perfecting a project where the client has said they will only pay for 20 hours.
RefinementRefinement is the rational pursuit of perfection. For example, an artist who sets a very high standard for their work.
MasteryMastery is an approach to learning and work that doesn't progress to a new stage until the current stage is completely finished. For example, a student who doesn't move on to the second unit in their math textbook until they understand the first unit.
The ability to sustain motivation and effort over time.