If one player is persistent, and the another tenacious, is there a difference? Both persistent and tenacious players possess a will and a drive that refuses to give up when faced with difficult challenges, but there is actually a great difference.
A persistent player won’t give up. They may try to achieve their goal by using the same method over and over and over again, hoping that it will eventually work. No matter how non – productive it is, they will keep grinding and using that same process - hoping that it will eventually help them achieve their goal. They may even be perceived as a champion and a hard worker. But what are they really achieving? They may be achieving nothing but hard work. They would do better by working smarter, not harder.
On the other hand, a tenacious player, is not tied to a specific method to accomplish a goal. The tenacious player achieves a goal by realizing that effort alone is not the measure of success. Rather than using the same method over and over and over again, they will modify their approach to their best advantage. They are flexible and will try different methods until they find one that works. They are not simply persistent, but rather, are smarter in their persistence.
Let’s say two players are in competition for an event.
Each player is told to whack the boss and cause as much damage as possible with the heroes they have on hand. They use the same team at first; Craw, Malice, Sifu, and Emily. They grind and earn a score.
The persistent player does not question their approach. They may be experiencing fatigue from the long hours in game, but they believe that their continual repetitive method will help them to finish first. They may even ignore the community concern and put in a little money/gems for a boost to ensure their success. They are working hard. But the fact remains, they are simply doing the same thing over and over and over again for only a marginal return.
The Persistent Player:
The tenacious player realizes they are not really getting anywhere on the leader board. They begin to question the method in which they employ. They are playing for fun and would just like a better reward. But grinding for long hours using the same team seems boring, and drab, and gives little benefit. It does nothing more than cause fatigue. The tenacious player begins to experiment, to find a better way. With the tools at their disposal, they seek to achieve their goal in the most efficient manner possible.
The Tenacious Player:
That said, what are you? Are you simply persistent? Do you just follow the leader and do what you are told? Do you strive to do the minimum and then go about your day? Or are you Tenacious? Do you like to experiment? Do you want to compare ideas, work as a team, and find a better way to achieve a goal?
Persistent players: Please stay where you are, you are doing great! Keep playing and improving and learning.
Tenacious Players: Add Beckerbear or WarriorQueenD on the LINE app and join in on the fun which is Potato Army.
Special thanks to the Leaders and officers of the families I have played with who have taught me this lesson. You know who you are.