Being stubborn is generally associated with being unreasonable, while strong willed can be better defined as standing by what you say or do.
I'd say these are some pretty great answers all I can add is that the stubborn seems to be held back by the feeling that they are mearly strong willed while the strong willed seems to only be held back by the stubborn
A stubborn person stands their ground. A strong willed person takes ground even when obstacles come at them.
stubborn is someone who resists without having given proper or unbiased consideration of all the facts and strong willed is having the faith and authority of your convictions. a stubborn person can be hurt but a strong willed person is almost infallible to most bad intentions.
I would say the two are synonymous.
stubborn versus determined or so they say.
It is both the same.....Just depends on how you are looking at it....<br />
If you like the person....It is being strong willed<br />
and if you don't...well it is just plain stubbern
The difference between being stubborn and strong willed is this - being stubborn is often a short-sighted, immature and self defeating behavior, while being strong willed generally deals with the need to be strong and succeed, not giving up on what you believe in.
strong willed is vital to challenges in life, against disadvange or adversity but stuborn is often associated with being difficult, unwillingness to be reasonable or change. they can have both positive advantages and negatives to life choices...sometimes they are used in wrong contect, eg. who'd have told any gold medalist later they were stuborn instead of strong willed to achieve, or a type of ghandi their resistance was stuborn???