46 thoughts on “Perseverance

  1. Everyone has challenges or obstacles in life. These obstacles are what build character, and to get over them you need to have perseverance. I believe in the willpower/perseverance needed in life to get through challenges, and grow as a person. An experience I had of perseverance was when I was in middle school. Now, I was an A/B student with an average drive for school, but math classes/ math in general was not my cup of tea.
    I would be in class losing my train of thought, and couldn’t find focus so my grade eventually fell to a D. Let me tell you, my little heart was terrified to bring home that D grade on a report card. I realized that this was a challenge for me, and needed to pass to move on into the next grade. I used my tools, and went to an after school tutoring session every Friday, and ended up bringing my grade back up to a miraculous A. Through this experience I learned that no matter how hard a challenge is, to not give up.
    The overall principle was that with perseverance by my side, and my will to learn, I overcame one of my greatest challenges. I still have a hard time with math today, but I am capable as long as I persevere and get the help I need. I am proudly an A+/A- student, and will always try my hardest in the classroom and in life.

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    • Hi Tyler,
      I too feel the same struggle with math. We are fortunate enough to have had such awesome tools to help us succeed. Good Luck in your math class this year!
      Kevin

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    • Hi Tyler. I agree with how character is constructed by the challenges we face in our everyday lives. Perseverance is so important because it can determine if we vanquish these obstacles or not. People who obtain perseverance are the ones who overcome anything that stands in their way and also have great character.

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  2. As a class and as a generation, we have endured many hardships and challenges, as well as extremely difficult and turbulent times as we grew up and became of age. We grew up during the 2008 Recession, the biggest economic recession since the Great Depression, where 32 million people were unemployed and where we saw friends and family we knew not find a job and make less in they did. We grew up and are still growing up in one of the worst health crises of our time, the mental health and opioid crises, where far too many of our friends and family died because of an addiction, where there was little support for people, even ourselves, for a condition no one could see, and where too many people committed suicide for the immense challenges and problems we face today. While there are many more challenges we faced, the most important thing is that as a generation, we have endured these challenges for all of our lives, and that is the important thing here. We are one of the strongest generations alive today, possibly ever. We have the great and immense potential to change the world for the better, to fix the challenges we faced, are continuing to face, and will face. I believe in ourselves, because we have endured and thrived in these challenges, and we have the potential to right the world from the wrongs we face today.

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  3. I like many of my other classmates am an athlete. I have been playing sports for as long as I can remember, one of my specialties being soccer. Soccer has been a big part of my life, where I met my first friends, where I scored my first goal, and where I had my first dream. Growing up, and playing, I had not been the best. I was among the worst of players, barely making the team and riding the bench. Until about midyear in eighth grade, I decided that I was either going to quit or push through. I realized that quitting would make me look like a failure and that it would only show the coaches that I wasn’t good enough. I wanted to prove them wrong. Soccer is my passion, and no one was going to take it away from me. I needed to push through. Something needed to change, so during the off-season, I participate in multiple training camps. I did this in the winter and the summer, and in the spring I applied to play for another off-season club team for more on field experience. After five years of training and playing soccer elsewhere. I noticed I was getting more playing time during the fall season on the high school teams. Contributing more and more. I was more comfortable in the field. But I still didn’t reach my goal of playing for varsity. I couldn’t stop there. It was going to take me more time and effort, in order to catch up with my friends, who were already on varsity playing in the top tier. So I kept training, playing for almost nine hours every day. After five years of being in the shadows of my superior friends. I finally had my chance, senior year, to try out. The varsity team was my only choice this year. It was all or nothing, If I didn’t make it, there would be no team to fall back onto. I had to give my all. Following tryouts, the coach called my name and told me that I made the team. I was astonished. But it made sense, all that commitment and time paid off. It helped me understand that even when things get rough when you persevere, benefits emerge.

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    • Hi Tyller, I too, can relate. I am glad to see the long-held endurance through it all, and glad to see you made the team after your commitment and your dedication to continue. As for me, I tried out for the track team when I was a freshman in high school, and I was stupid slow, being the slowest on the team, and I felt like that wasn’t going to change, and I’m talking about a 14-minute 3K. Despite the circumstances, I was able to become a crucial member of the team the following years; I’m proud to see how you caught up to your team, that is pure dedication. Hope the best in college!

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  4. When asked what beliefs guides me through my life as compass when I am lost and nothing seems clear, I unshakably mention my faith in resilience and perseverance. These two beliefs are complementary and when present together, creates an individual who is an unmistakably an unstoppable force. They played a key part in my life and have demonstrated their usefulness on my quest to become an engineer. However, before I digress I would like to make clear the definitions of the two values.
    To begin, Resilience is the ability to pick oneself up from failure, or to bring oneself back from the brink of defeat and to try again. Seen in the characters of the anti-hero Satan in John Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost”, to Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus”; resilience always bestowed beings with the potential for greatness despite great adversity. Resilience gave Satan the power to defy God after being cast into hell, while resilience aided Victor in his studies of unlocking the secrets of life after the adversity provided by his professors and the difficulty of his grand undertaking. However, without perseverance, resilience could only do so much good.
    Perseverance is commonly defined as the ability to be steadfast in the face of difficulty. However, I describe it as the crescendo of Tchaikovsky’s Overture 1812 as one pursues their desired destiny with the relentless fire of a charging bull. With both beauty and unrelenting ferocity, one who embodies perseverance will stop at nothing until they have seen to what they have set out to accomplish completed.
    When practiced in tandem, perseverance both before and after needed resilience will allow any man or woman to succeed in any endeavor even if the initial attempt ended in catastrophe. This is why I make a point to practice both.
    One example of when I needed to employ both perseverance and resilience was during my high school career. I attended Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School and desired to pursue my goal of becoming an engineer. This goal appealed most to the trade of Computer Aided Drafting, which contains many engineering aspects. There I learned how to use the 3-D modeling software Solidworks and set out to master the program. Mastery is proved by getting certificates, and these certificates are typically required for many engineering jobs. It became my specific high school goal to gain at least my associates in the software. However, I learned that this was easier said than done.
    After prepping for the associates exam for weeks, I began the timed test. I worked as quickly as I could and flew through the majority of the test. However, by the end my numbers did not add up right. there was a mistake somewhere and I needed to find it before time ran out. I worked frantically now. My palms sweated and an ever worsening migraine let me know that my stress levels had been at an all time high. Since there had not been many questions, the others could all be right but the last one could fail me. As fate would have it, the last question did fail me.
    After the test, I examined my models for about an hour. I eventually had discovered that one of my dimension values had been off by the tiniest amount, which could have been easily corrected if I had only seen it during the test. While looking back, all I needed to do was retake the test but be “extra careful” the next time. However, I questioned if I was taking the right path, if I was good enough, and even if I deserved to even be an engineer. I felt like I had failed, and it felt like I failed more than just the test. I felt like I had failed the people that had faith in me, my teachers, and myself. It took me some time to realize the truth. What I made was a simple mistake, and that did not define who I was. With that revelation, I picked myself up and practiced resilience in its purest form.
    The next step was when perseverance played a key role in my story. I began to re-prepare myself for retaking the test. I solved practice problems, learned new techniques, asked for more advice, and mentally prepared myself for taking the test a second time around. The task seemed daunting, but if I was not ready when I took it the first time, I was ready now. I launched the testing software, I launched Solidworks, and I began. I was “extra careful” the second time around, in addition to remembering the mistakes that I had made the first time around. I felt perseverance, I felt the crescendo of Tchaikovsky’s Overture 1812, I felt the fire of a charging bull, and when I pressed the submit button, I saw the fruits of my hard work. I had passed with a perfect score. With returned confidence, I would take the professional exam and pass that as well a little over a year later.
    In conclusion, without the resilience needed to retake the Solidworks Associates exam, and without the perseverance to pursue attaining it in full force, I would never had achieved those milestones in my life. I would never have felt the satisfaction of being able to prove my proficiency in a program that I had loved using, and I never would have recovered and reinvigorated my desire to become a mechanical engineer. Without resilience and perseverance, I would never had gotten not just my associate in Solidworks, but also my professional. My core belief in resilience and perseverance has given me strength and potential that grows within me after every trial I face, and that is why I hold them so passionately.

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  5. Defeat is something that reveals a person’s true traits. How do they handle it? Do they simply give up, or do they brush off the dust and try again? My freshman year of high school, I was part of the school marching band. Our school practices anywhere from three to five days a week, usually about 4 hours a day. We had put everything we had into our show. We all pushed to the end of the 12 minute long performance at every halftime show, every competition. At finals, we placed dead last, eighteenth out of eighteenth. I had been crushed. I practiced every day after school, I performed as if I were playing for a king at ever show, only to come in at the very bottom. I felt humiliated. All of us were. We vowed to practice twice as hard the next season, to put in twice the effort, to push ourselves twice as hard. To prepare for the new season, I started running outside of practice to build endurance. My clarinet friend and I stayed after at least once a week to work on our music together. The entire woodwind section began scheduling days when we could stay after to work on visual things, all outside of the normal classes and rehearsals. Everyone was determined to do so much better than the previous year. The season was over before we knew it and once again we were back at MetLife stadium for finals once again. We all sat anxiously waiting while the announcer read of the bands, once place at a time. When they called out our band for the first place spot, with a score of 94.6, we lost our minds. Seniors were screaming and hugging each other, the staff was crying, we were all so proud of ourselves. None of it would have happened if we had simply given up and accepted defeat.

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  6. I played in the Little League Baseball since I was four years old. So when spring season came around, I tried out for my high school’s baseball team and I did not make the cut. I felt like I trained really hard for over ten years, so getting rejected was sad, frustrating, and humiliating. However, I did not want to give up on finding an extracurricular activity because I wanted to be productive and interact with peers outside of my classrooms. I heard from other students that our tennis team was short of players, so I decided to join. To be honest, I thought tennis was going to be an easy sport. Before playing my first game, I thought I was well prepared, with good footwork and good technique on my forehand, backhand, and serves, but I ended up earning zero points. Throughout the rest of the tennis season, I did not win a single game. I realized that good things do not happen overnight, so I worked harder and harder and became addicted to playing the sport. When spring season rolled around again, I was more excited and determined than I have ever been about any other sport. Although, I did not win every single game that season, I learned a lot from my experiences. I learned that when you fail at something, you should not let it defeat your life, there is always another possibility. Being great at something is not easy, it requires hard work and dedication.

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  7. A time in my life in which I had to persevere was my first car accident. It happened in August of last year. I has driven down to where the exit meets the main road, and put my left turn signal on. I sat there, waiting until the road was completely clear. Just as I began to make my turn, a deafening blast filled my ears, and my car began to spiral. My hands immediately lost their grip on the steering wheel, every airbag burst into view, and my body slammed into the console.

    Slowly opening my eyes, I looked through the smoke rising from the hood of the car and a million thoughts ran through my mind. Where did the driver come from? Is the other driver all right? But most importantly—how will my parents react? I quickly shot back to reality and sat up straight in my seat. I reached for the door handle and pushed to escape, but soon realized that the driver’s side doors were crushed in and could not possibly open. I then climbed out of the passenger’s side and immediately ran to check on the other driver.

    I quickly approached the other driver’s window, and a young woman sprung from her car with a look of pure anger covering her face. I swallowed hard as my heartbeat pulsed in my throat, and the sound of police sirens crept closer in the distance. After a few more minutes of scolding pass, the woman exhaled and turned towards her car holding her head in her hands. I sat on the grass alongside the road and stared as local firefighters poured sand around my car to absorb the gasoline and motor oil from the pavement. I tried to tell myself to breathe, but the pungent odor of the airbag liquid soaked in my clothes and clinging to my skin was intolerable.

    An officer drove me back to the entrance of my job, and I slowly stepped through the automatic doors into the lobby. I collapsed into one of the chairs and began to cry. All the adrenaline that had built up during the accident swiftly disappeared, and the pain began to set in. I’ve never felt so helpless. My mother came soon after and I spent the remainder of the night in the hospital. Thankfully, soreness was the only problem I had and there wasn’t a single cut or fracture to be found.

    After the accident, I felt a great loss. Being behind the wheel was the greatest sense of freedom I had ever experienced. After finding out that the car couldn’t be repaired, I wondered how long it would be until I could have that feeling again. As time passed, my parents gave me more and more opportunities until I and they became comfortable with me driving again. I know that their concerns were mostly for my safety and although it was hard, I was willing to wait until their fears passed. This situation also helped me realize that some events that occur in your life are inevitable and while in the moment it feels as though you’ll never get past them, you always can. This has strengthened me and taught me to put things into perspective in realizing that hard times in life are overcome through a process of understanding, patience, and allowing time to heal what is broken. And in the end, you achieve self growth. I am sure that this experience will shape how I am able to handle and recover from whatever obstacles life may bring.

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    • Wow that must’ve been terrifying, sometimes it takes an event like this to really shake us back into the reality of life. I’m glad everything turned out okay in the end.

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  8. I believe in perseverance. I strongly believe that I can do anything I set my mind to despite any challenges that come my way. Growing up, I didn’t come from a wealthy family but my parents always made sure we had somewhere to live and food on our table. My parents grew up in El Salvador while living in poverty and violence. They both came to the United States at a young age for a better life and to be able to provide for their families back home. In the midst of everything they met in Boston, Massachusetts and had my sister and I years later. Being the younger sister I always looked up to my older sister, Yesenia. Especially during the time I was in middle school and the beginning of high school. I constantly saw her working extremely hard to be able to get through college on her own and I knew her hard work was going to pay off and she would be successful. I wanted to do the same.

    Even though I worked throughout high school, I knew that it wasn’t gonna be enough to put me through college and all the expenses. I knew I was going to struggle to pay for school if I started. However, this didn’t stop me from being able to go to school and making my dreams a reality. For years I always wished to become a neonatal nurse and work with newborn babies. This was something I knew I couldn’t give up on. I thought to myself that if I really wanted it, I could make it happen. This is why I believe in perseverance. Throughout my college experience for the next four years I will have to work extremely hard to get where I want to be in life. My success will depend on me and what I do to accomplish my goals. Nothing will be able to stop me from striving and being successful. Even though I may fall sometimes, I have to get back up and make every effort to excel. There will be no excuses.

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  9. I grew up in a place where most people would go to discover themselves and make their dreams come true, Southern California, but for my family it felt more like a prison. The early years of my life couldn’t have been better, I lived in a big house with a pool alongside my loving family. This peace soon came to a halt by the age of three when my parents decided to get divorced which left my stay-at-home mom scrambling to find work in order to support my brother and me.
    After a few years of working overtime, staying with babysitters, and my mom getting remarried everything started to be ok again until the economy crashed in 2009. At this point, my family would no longer be able to afford to stay at our home and we were forced to declare bankruptcy. This left us bouncing around from city to city, looking for the cheapest living at that given time which resulted in being sent to seven different schools and needing to make all new friends each and every time.
    Finally, after years of struggling, my mom decided to take me back to her hometown of Charlton, Massachusetts where the cost of living is much cheaper and I could go to a trade school where I could figure out what I wanted to do with my life and get on track for college. My mom also decided to go back to school and get her degree in medical administration so she could earn a better living. At this point in time, we now are back to owning our own home and making good money as a middle-class family.
    This experience has definitely taught me that even though life can get really difficult sometimes, with enough hard work and determination you can still make it out on top. I strongly believe that you could be handed the absolute worst circumstances in life and still find a way to make all your dreams come true if you put in enough time, hard work, and dedication.

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    • Wow, Katelynn, that’s amazing! You guys really pushed through some rough times. I bet the traveling was tough, but even so, with all of those hardships, you and your family were able to reach your goals. I’m proud of you! Keep pushing through, you’re going to make it far! I think your greatest achievements are on the horizon. Best of luck!

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    • That’s amazing, I also experienced a similar situation. My parent’s got divorced when I was 9, my mom had to file for bankruptcy and life felt so different from what I knew. My parents both met people and got remarried but I’ll never forget what we went through. I’ve come to terms with the fact that my mom probably didn’t eat many nights so that my sister and I could, If I had known I wouldn’t have wanted her to ever go hungry. My parents since getting remarried have gotten degrees and better jobs. My dad moved into a house in Charlton,ma and spent a few years there and then the house sold in 2 days. Their lives have improved so much in the past few years. I’m glad that your family was able to persevere and come back from a hard time. I wish you the best of luck in school

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  10. I was lucky enough to live the first six years of my life unscathed by this world, but like in most stories my luck eventually ran out. In the past thirteen years I experienced seven of those during physical and mental bullying starting in second grade. Because of my own suicidal and self-destructive tendencies from this, my family moved and I lost the only home I knew. Suicides of friends, deaths of family members and the divorce of my parents followed in rapid succession giving me no time to breath. When I was younger I did not persevere because I wanted to. I did for the sake of my mom, the influence of Jackie Robinson and the hope that one of my creations could leave a positive impact on this world.

    In my experience, perseverance is not always about how much pain you can take or how much you can continue to push through. It’s thinking futuristically on the days you’re drowning in your misery. It’s the stubborn but very clear light you can see in your darkest times that keeps you grounded. On personal notes, that light was my mother’s love, the hope that just like Jackie Robinson something positive or enlightening could come out of my pain, and currently now my creation. This book character birthed from my pain will help me persevere the rest of my life. Using her as motivation to continue on positively, it’s my way of sharing that light for others suffering to follow.

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  11. There are a multitude of ways in which a person can represent his or her self. How you dress, how you talk, how well you perform in school, are all ways that you can express the kind of person you are to the rest of society. From the time that I was a freshman in high school up until after graduation, I had done a great deal of self evaluation. Initially, it had to do with what kind of a student I wanted to be in life. Entering high school, I noted that throughout middle school, I failed math twice, and skated by with C’s and B’s during 7th and 8th grade. As a freshman, however, having realized that I had greater potential, I worked towards bettering myself. I made sure to pay closer attention during lectures, as well as asking for assistance when necessary, and unlike in middle school, I made it a point to get my work done. I had essentially reinvented myself, and it was all because I addressed a significant character flaw. Throughout high school, I continued to persevere, striving closer and closer towards bettering myself, through self evaluation and self improvement. As I got to be a senior I began to reinvent myself socially, reconnecting with friends I hadn’t seen in years, as well as associating myself with new friends. Overall, I’ve realized that my devotion towards excellence in high school is perhaps the thing that has shaped me most in life, and I now firmly believe that self evaluation and self improvement is the key to creating a life of personal success

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  12. Throughout high school I struggled a lot with anxiety and depression, there were many days I just couldn’t get out of bed and the thought of going to school made me want to throw up. I would sometimes pull into the parking lot and immediately start crying and then I’d just go home. Because of this I worked really hard to keep up when I wasn’t there and get good grades. At one point during senior year my guidance counselor called me down to her office and told me that my credits had been withdrawn in a few classes and that I wouldn’t be able to graduate. I was devastated, I was struggling so much and working so hard to keep up but they didn’t see this. I finally was able to get them a sufficient doctors note so that I could have my credits restored. High school was hard for me, going to school everyday learning things that had nothing to do with what I wanted my career to be was difficult for me. But I persevered and I worked hard, when I got the letter that I had been accepted to UMD’s nursing program I cried. I had achieved something I never thought would be possible. My mom had told me that it was possible, she told me throughout high school to persevere, that better things were coming and that I had the potential to reach my goals. Graduation day was so surreal to me, I finally made it, I graduated, I finished, and I didn’t have to go back. I’m glad that I persevered, even when things got extremely difficult. I believe that perseverance is a quality that everyone should embrace. It’s not easy to keep pushing and working hard when you just want to give up. I’ve learned to never give up and I’m ready to bring this mindset with me into college.

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  13. Perseverance is something that I am all too familiar with in my life. When I was a young child I was diagnosed with ADHD and Asperger’s tendencies. My parents were even told by the doctors that they weren’t sure I would be able to succeed in a “regular” school setting, but they refused to accept that. Even though I always gave my best, school didn’t come easy for me. and my beginning school years were very tough.With a strong support system, including my parents and grandparents, I began to find my way in school. I went from school to school in order for me to find the right school for me. Soon enough, what was a struggle for me became easier and easier, day by day. Not only did my grades improve but so did my self-esteem and my love for school. I began making lasting friendships that helped me break out of my shell and also find my love for computers, gaming and programming. Sometimes I would hear others tell me that I would not succeed and I would not go far because of my diagnoses, but all that did was light a fire for me to prove them wrong. What I have learned about myself through all of this so far, is that we all have our own struggles, some are more readily easy to see, some are hidden, but no matter what our struggles are, with strength, support and perseverance, nothing is impossible and I am living proof of that.

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  14. I believe in persevering through any problem or obstacle that is in the way to success. I was in my high school’s Engineering Club and we would compete in an engineering competition hosted by General Dynamics. During my senior year, I encountered many challenges that I had to work through but the most testing was a crane project. The challenges started when we realized that we did not have enough parts or the correct parts that we needed for the crane. To solve this we had to use our own money to buy the needed parts online. Then a member of the group quit in the two weeks before the competition which made all of us working harder to pick up the slack.
    After all the plan changing, hard work, frustration, and tears that we put into our crane it just did not come together in time for the competition. In response to this, all of the members quit the day of the competition but for me. I decided to take the poster we made for the crane and go to the competition by myself and present what we had to the judges from General Dynamics. The judges were very happy to see that I still came to represent my school without my teammates. They even gave me a special STEM coin for showing my courage and still coming after my team quit. Persevering through these challenges taught me good can still come from a bad situation and helped me grow skills that can help me for my future career at Umass Dartmouth.

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  15. On September 19, 2014 my life completely changed. This was the beginning of my three right-anterior-shoulder dislocations throughout my freshman year of high school. My first two dislocations happened from skateboarding. I took a couple of bad bails. The third time, I was in school playing basketball with my friends. I ended up getting a successful shoulder surgery.
    A couple years ago, I watched a video on my favorite actor, Ashton Kutcher. He was giving a speech for receiving a character award. He said something that really stood out to me, which was, “life DOESN’T happen TO you, it happens FOR you. Every single time!” I understood what he meant exactly because it relates to my injury completely. When I was in high school, I always believed my joint problems were a mistake and I didn’t deserve what happened to me. The whole time I thought my injury was just holding me back, but really it was designed to change my life for the better. Once I recovered from surgery, I decided to stop skating. I improved my grades and made many new friends. I decided to get a job and earn some money too. I wanted to continue being proactive in my free time. I started living up to my religion as a Roman Catholic and haven’t stopped. I attend mass regularly, every Sunday with my family, and if they can’t go one week, I will go on my own.. Life is very unpredictable. It may throw you some curve balls, but as long as you stay patient, optimistic, and true to yourself, everything will turn out just fine for the greater good.

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  16. I believe in this small world we live in, we all face some challenges along the way in our own journey. Some are tiny and others are enormous. No matter how small or tremendous with the challenges you’re encountering are, never give up on your dreams. No matter how much life crumples, scrunches, and squeezes us, if we keep persevering and never giving up, we can truly archive anything.

    Coming to America from Ethiopia was tremendously difficult for me. I didn’t know anyone besides my family and cousin. At the time, I felt that I would never succeed in a new environment where I could not even speak the language. I didn’t have a lot of friends and felt perhaps I won’t fit in. Everything was new to me! I didn’t directly come from a school like everyone else. Due to family issues, I was forced to stop going to school for some years and then left Ethiopia in 2014.

    Then, I immediately start high school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I was quite behind in school and felt like this will never change. I had to study as much as I could in a short amount of time to make up all the things that I had missed while I was out of school. My freshman year was harsh in many ways. I felt it seemed obvious that I was out of place and had no understanding of what my teachers were demonstrating in class. I thought this was the end of the world. There were times in my life I felt like ending my journey at high school, but I never give up on my hopes and dreams. Instead, I joined the Enroot Program at the end of my freshman year.

    This continuous encouragement I received from Enroot made me feel like I was a part of something greater than myself. Enroot is a high school program which opens up a lot of opportunities, experiences, and internships. I participate in the program all my high school years. I had a great internship through the program and become a Peer Leader at Enroot. Enroot definitely impacted my life in very positive ways and made such a big difference in my attitude and grades. It taught me a life lesson that I will carry throughout my life. It made me a better student and inspired me to think about my future and never give up on dreams. I learned a lot of important things about life as a student, education, teamwork, public speaking, kindness, and most importantly persevering to achieve my goals.

    Now looking back all the challenges I have encountered in my life makes me realize how strong and ready I am to face what life throws at me; to change myself and rise up from the experience because the harder I fall the higher I bounce. Now everything is going well and has worked out in the way that I always wanted it. One of the important life lessons that I have learned in my own journey is that it’s true that you will meet some barriers along the way in your own journey because we live in an imperfect world. As Napoleon Hill said, “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” I myself believe that the struggles we face as humans are put in place for us to overcome, and help define who were are as a people.

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  17. For almost as long as I can remember, I have been traveling to New Hampshire with my family. In doing so I helped be develop a deep love of the outdoors and nature. This only sparked more interest in me and I wanted to expand my experience and explore more. So my dad decided to take my family to hike to the top of a mountain. At the time I never did anything like it before so of course it was difficult, but looking back it honestly wasn’t too bad. But even thought we didn’t reach the top that day, it was enough for me to decide I wanted more. Ever since my dad, mom, and I have been working to complete all of the mountains with the elevation of 4 thousand feet or above in New Hampshire. There are a total of forty eight 4,000 foot mountains and as of writing this I have completed thirty one of them. These mountains have been some of the best and some of the most difficult times physically in my life. I’ve hiked as long as a few hours to as long as starting on one day and finishing the next. None of the overnight hikes were as grueling and mentally exhausting as the mountains that have taken us ten plus hours to complete. These hikes challenge your willpower and determination. The strength for the climb up comes from the beauty you know you will see at the top and you must focus on the view you saw and how great the car ride home will be for the rest of the climb down. The pounding my feet received every step down is so painful but each step gave me the strength I have today, physically and mentally.

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  18. Growing up as a child I was always told that “You can do anything that you put your mind to” and throughout my life I’ve learned that if you’re willing to put the work in that statement is true. My parents raised me to believe in work ethic and pushing yourself to your utmost limits. I believe that having a strong mind set can help you push through almost anything in life and this belief helped me most during my senior year of high school throughout football season. My senior year was starting great, I worked my tail off to get In the best shape I could for the season I was feeling stronger than I ever have and I was ready for 7 on 7. I played a sting first couple games and then in the beginning of one of the playoff games I tweaked my knee. The pain was incredible but the previous year I didn’t play due to injury so I downplayed the injury. I decided instead of going to the doctor I was going to persevere and make it through the whole season for the love of the game and my team. There were times that I would come home from practices or even games and I wasn’t able to walk, but I thought “I can make it at least another week for my team”, “This isn’t just for me this is for my team, my friends” and I fought through it. At the end of the season I was going to play basketball but the pain became unbearable so I went to the doctor and got my knee checked out. The doctor told me that through the whole season I was playing on a partially torn Acl and a torn meniscus. My knee as way worse than even my personal trainer thought, and the doctor was astonished I had even made it that far walking like a normal person. That made me notice that no matter what difficulties you face I f you stay strong and persevere you can overcome any obstacle. Keeping a strong positive mindset helped me make it all the way through a season dealing with some of the worst pain I’ve ever felt and helped me create some of the best memories I had in high school. I’m my eyes perserverence is one of the greatest keys to success, because even when your down, working hard and staying though will help get you up.

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  19. Perseverance is more than an adjective, it’s a lifestyle. Through perseverance, I have conquered and continue to conquer the bearing of stereotypes for minorities coming from poverty. Growing up in one of the FBI’s top 10 most dangerous cities, you would think i’d have nothing coming but to me but a pair of handcuffs and a firearm. A poverty-filled community with the same faces, same buildings, same crime, same struggles. From family members being incarcerated to them being murdered in cold blood and given no justice. The question I began to ask myself was “where is the light in this darkness”? At a young age, I knew I wanted more than what my surroundings had to offer. With limited resources, I excelled in school and began to accumulate this hunger to strive beyond what was expected. To ensure I fulfilled my long dream to never fall victim to my city, I put my all into my education. Through years of hard work, persistence and passion for my education, I am breaking a family chain by attending college this fall of 2018. I will study Accounting/ Finance and bring resources and educate those in low-income communities on how to be financially literate in order to elevate in life. It is essential to me to bring this information to these communities so that I can be that light in darkness they’re lusting for. My perseverance never allowed me to be a victim of my surrounding but a testimony of my surroundings. My perseverance saved me.

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    • Dear Tremaine, What a beautifully-written post. I love this line: “With limited resources, I excelled in school and began to accumulate this hunger to strive beyond what was expected.”

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  20. During my freshman year of high school, my grades were satisfactory. I had a B+ average and was focused on my school work. However, in April 2014, two of my favorite people passed away. My grandmother passed away from a stroke and my cousin from complications from sickle cell anemia at the age of 19. This reality check certainly changed my perspective and my grades and friendships began to suffer. My declining grades continued into my sophomore year and by the end of the year, my gpa had dropped to an unfulfilling 2.0. I had completely stopped caring about school work or anything really. The summer after, I realized that I couldn’t keep going on not caring about anything and that this isn’t what my grandmother and cousin would’ve wanted. It wasn’t what I wanted. My junior year of high school, I took more difficult classes in order to challenge myself and joined STEM and Spanish club. The classes last for two years, so I was in the same classes during my senior year as well. Although I still struggled with losing people so close to me, the shift in my perspective and my concerns ultimately helped me feel less isolated and gain friends with similar interests as well as get better grades. I believe in perseverance especially in yourself. No one else could convince me to try at anything my sophomore year until I myself decided something needed to change and in the long run I have myself to thank.

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  21. I can hear them pounding the door like they were in a rush. I saw my mom running by me to greet them but she doesn’t look happy. I think it’s about the letters on the door… I can remember taking what I could carry and walking past them. Turns out that was my mother, sister and I being evicted from our apartment and being forced to leave. To this day I can vividly remember the toys I got back and the toys I lost. This was about 10 years ago when I was 9. Because of this experience I truly believe even if u come from nothing u can still become something special.

    Years later, I realized I wanted a good job as I grew older, because I didn’t want that same experience. Starting young, I wanted to reach higher than my own expectations. I started with wanting to be a space astronaut, to being an anthropologist, to exploring the ocean!!!! Over the years I got more realistic to being a vet or a nurse. I tried really hard in school growing up, because I believed that was the key to having a better future, than my past.

    I even volunteered at nursing and vet hospitals during the school year. I soon found out I loved animals, but I loved the compassion of humans more. I promised myself I would work hard to get good grades, even if sometimes I slipped up…. Because of this hard work I got accepted to Umass Dartmouth in the fall of 2018!!!!! I can now give my future family a good living as a future nursing student, as long as I work hard as I always have been. I am a very strong believer that your background DOES NOT matter as long as you continue to better yourself and work hard.

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  22. Report card night used to be a big deal for me, a time to show my parents my hard work. Seeing that smile on their face every time we went in and being able to see their child succeed.
    I always tried being the best since I could remember, not for awards but because I always loved the feeling of accomplishment and most importantly, making my parents proud. I persevered my whole life, however, I did it for them and never really questioned if it were for me. Senior year of high school came around and decisions had to be made and I decided that this time I will preserve for myself, my future, and a foundation. Being from a family of 6, the youngest, and first-generation I have much to prove to myself and can’t make many mistakes being the last chance. The struggles I surpassed only motivated me more to push through, I believe that we can only grow and get stronger. Last Christmas vacation was very different than any other. My grandmother had passed away in the Dominican Republic, Christmas was spent saying goodbye to my dad because he took a flight to pay his respects. I decided as a present for my parents I’d gather up my siblings and put in money for a ticket for my mother to be able to go and accompany my father. New Years Eve was spent saying goodbye to my mother and the rest of my vacation was spent home alone. All at once I learned responsibility for college and life with Lawrence High and my parents by my side. You live and you learn and you must persevere through it all to see a brighter day, this I believe.

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  23. Ive always had panic around the thought of the future; but don’t get me wrong I do look forward to it. My aspirations bring me to fascination as I realize all of the possibilities and its the hope of living and evolving a person that keeps me head strong. Yet the panic tends to follow as I try to figure out how exactly I will do it. I am always caught contradicting my self as I try to think of the perfect route and some where along the line I always find some thing wrong with each of them. This and along side my worry of feeling alone, and even with my worry try to make sense of the situation. Even if I felt lost I always found a way. I always seem to go through this constant cycle and it leaves me with so many thoughts and that eventually turn up inspiring and constructive. Its like a short wave of pure assurance that I can only compare to hiking a mountain. This comes to mind because my own experience with hiking mountains. As you start you always have a plan and a back up plan. You have your backpack, you carry a map or follow a trail and its a sure shot. Yet as the trek grows longer you grow weak, and tired. It feels as if it will never end. Even through those times of doubt thought you have a feeling of strength, its like a feeling of what if you and some times that gut feeling motivates you to succeed beyond what you expected. Then in the end of the trek you get to enjoy the view. The cool crisp air consumes the area around you and I like to think of my view as every thing I have and will accomplish. Being able to make it to the top of those mountain has taught me a lesson that reminds me everyday I have to work hard to get to where I want to be, to achieve that goal. It reminded me that things aren’t just always handed to you and sometimes when you feel beat or tired do not give up, because the prize is just as rewarding as the struggle.

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  24. To persevere means to achieve something despite the difficulty. In society people deal with many difficulties holding them back from success. Throughout my life I’ve dealt with learning gaps in my education. I felt as if I wasn’t learning as fast as the other kids or understanding concepts as well. When dealing with issues in school, you need work hard to achieve your goal put in the work and time. Never give in, work for your success. This doesn’t always involve academics, it can stand for sports, school and life itself. Graduating high school was was a huge achievement. I overcame bad grades, difficult teachers and overall the stress of what school does to a student. To keep up with studying and always pay attention in class theres always a way around a problem. There are two sides to motivation, one is fear the other is reward. This also builds up your self confidence which will help more in the long run. During my senior year of high school I tried my hardest to hand in every assignment, study for every test and did what I needed to do. I ended off the year with A and B grades which is the exact type of student I except myself to be. Now in college Im going to try and better myself to do even better.

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  25. Ive always had panic around the thought of the future; but don’t get me wrong I do look forward to it. My aspirations bring me to fascination as I realize all of the possibilities, and its the hope of living and evolving as a person that keeps me head strong. Yet the panic tends to follow as I try to figure out how exactly I will do it. I am always caught contradicting my self since I try to think of the perfect route and some where along the line I always find some thing wrong with each of them. This and along side my worry of feeling alone, and even with my worry I try to make sense of the situation. Even if I felt lost I always found a way. I always seem to go through this constant cycle and it leaves me with so many thoughts and that eventually turn up being inspiring and constructive. Its like a short wave of pure assurance that I can only compare to hiking a mountain. This comes to mind because my own experience with hiking the mountains in NewHampshire. As you start you always have a plan and a back up plan. You have your backpack, you carry a map or follow a trail and its a sure shot.this is how we start out as we first feel good a bout a plan. Yet as the trek grows longer you grow weak, and tired. It feels as if it will never end. Even through those times of doubt thought you have a feeling of strength, its like a feeling of what if you and some times that gut feeling motivates you to succeed beyond what you expected. Then in the end of the trek you get to enjoy the view. The cool crisp air consumes the area around you. I like to think of my view as every thing I have and will accomplish. Being able to make it to the top of those mountain has taught me a lesson that reminds me everyday I have to work hard to get to where I want to be, to achieve that goal. It reminded me that things aren’t just always handed to you and sometimes when you feel beat or tired do not give up, because the prize is just as rewarding as the struggle.

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  26. Persevernce. This word touches home for me in many ways. Growing up in a city that is looked down upon by so many people pushed me to overcome a lot if things. This formed me into the person I am today, and the woman in which I am becoming. August 2014, I went into my first year of high school at Lawrence High School. I was so ready for fresh new start, all through middle school I was that kid that all the teachers had so much in but always disappointed in the end but I wanted to change for myself. For the first term I did great, I managed to get honor roll but things changed my grades slowly started to drop. My A’s and B’s became C’s and from there things went left. As the years went by my grades would drift up and down depending on how motivated I felt. I kept putting friends over school, anything for school. Freshmen year passed and now I was a sophomore, again I told myself that this would be the year I would change. And it was. I began playing volleyball so my coaches would always check on my grades. I was all about school and volleyball. My grades were great but I was always tired. I never wanted to go out or see anyone. my bed was my bestfriend. This was when perseverance actually took a toll in my life. I started to realize that my future is important. I made drastic cuts in my life. I started leaving behind all the negative things like bad habits & people who didn’t help me or was motivated me.

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    • Hey Karen,
      I totally agree with how perseverance touches home for you, It definitely touches a soft spot for me considering how much I have persevered through.

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  27. Divorce is not something that many people are willing to talk about openly. When I was growing up all of my friends had happy families that never separated and I thought that mine would be the same as everyone else’s. Unfortunately things did not turn out like I expected. My parents separated when I was 7. I was really confused when it all happened. My mother, brother, and I randomly moved in with my grandma and my father did not come with us. We would go see him on weekends until his drinking and drug problems got out of control. See, I didn’t know at the time but my father had extremely bad addictions and had run my family into debt because of it. This led to arrests happening in our front yard, at school, and in public. Everyone at school knew that my father was a nuisance in town… I was the kid with the father that was in and out of jail and kids constantly put me down for it. I am not writing this for pity or to relate to those who have had a rough childhood. I am writing this because Through all of the struggles that I have been put through I still put them behind. I believe that our past should not define who we are as people, or what we will become in the future. I believe that the decisions we make despite the struggles define us. Through everything it is my goal to continue to persevere through every little bump in the road, no matter how big an obstacle it may be.

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  28. My first real job was at this small restaurant as a host. I would make pretty good tips just for seating people and taking to-go orders. After one of my shifts I was counting my tip money and saw a note scribbled onto a one dollar bill. It said “You are stronger than you realize”. That insignificant message on a one dollar bill really hit me and became meaningful to me. I believe that everyone is stronger than they realize. We all have to face obstacles of different kinds throughout our lives. But we never give ourselves enough credit for the strength and bravery we have. We overcome just about every single difficulty we encounter whether it seems like we’re not going to get through it alive. I want to constantly remind myself of that over the next four years when I feel overwhelmed with classes and life. It’s all about getting through your own personal struggles while reminding yourself that you can do it, and that you’ve done it before. It’s all about the attitude you allow yourself to have. It’s either “damn, my life is terrible and I’m not going to get through this” or it can be “wow this sucks but I’ve been here before and I know I have the strength within me to get through this”. When you realize that you are stronger than you think you are, then it makes the situation more bearable and adds positivity to anything negative or difficult. I still have that one dollar bill and I don’t plan on ever spending it.

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  29. Every day we come across challenges that make us stop and think for a minute. Whether these obstacles are choosing between what cheese to buy at the grocery store or if you should tell HR about your coworker’s joke that went a little too far the other day, they still have an impact on our life and affect our future choices. Whatever choices you make comes the additional option of persevering through any consequences that might come with those decisions, or you can let yourself fall victim to the endless struggles that this world has for us. I for one have faced many days where I’ve only had the energy to lay in bed and watch too many hours of Netflix, struggling to arise and get another bottle of water. At these times my mind is usually racing with how I could have handled situations better, how it may have turned out if I had done this or that differently, and these thoughts can weigh me down a lot. But I believe that if you can conquer those thoughts and accept the course that your life is going and allow yourself to be the truest version of who you are, to follow what you feel is right, nothing will weigh you down. The power of perseverance is unweighable, so beyond measure. It’s always okay to feel pain and struggle at times, but the only way to move past it and live your best life is to learn to always persevere.

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  30. Growing up my family has always emphasized the importance of hard work. My father especially has pushed this idea onto me for as long as I can remember. He has been working in skilled trades since 1986 and throughout my life I have seen my father go to work exhausted, sick and injured. He wakes up at 4:00 A.M. Monday through Friday to go to work so he can provide for his family. Whether he wants to or not, he keeps going because he knows it is the right thing to do. That has always inspired me. His ability to be persistent and hardworking no matter what.
    Another family member I look up to is my cousin Ben. My cousin Ben was not an exceptional athlete or student in his early years. Many people underestimated him because of his appearance and how unintelligent they thought he was, and he made it a point to prove those people wrong. All through his high school career he worked unbelievably hard to better himself. This lead to him becoming class president, a four year varsity starter for his high school basketball team and it also led to his acceptance into Harvard University. I am very grateful to have my cousin Ben as an inspiration because he was never put at an advantage, but his determination to succeed caused him to do great things.
    Because of these two role models I have taken school and work seriously. I have been working as a mechanic at a car dealership for almost two years now. I work six days a week and I am early every day and I stay late every day also. I have developed a habit to work as hard as I can and I can credit that to my influences I have been blessed to have.

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  31. The googled definition of Perseverance is “ Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” My interpretation of Perseverance comes from my own experience of striving through the difficult times I’ve faced. I was diagnosed with Depression and Anxiety in the 5th grade, which became intractably hard to bare. Having Depression and Anxiety molded my perception of life into a negative one, for example, I used to love meeting new people and then I started to get anxious around people I didn’t know, instead of getting to know them. My life turned for the worse when I became a Junior in High School. A traumatic experience occurred that turned my life around for the worse, and the details of my trauma would follow you like it followed me into my everyday life. My academics were extremely bad to the extent of not passing on to my senior year. The summer going into my Senior Year, I changed my entire life around and finally got in front of my Depression. I knew that no one else could help me more than I needed to be self reliant, I spent the summer working at the Waltham Boys & Girls Club going around the city giving free food to children. My Senior Year was very successful, I raised my GPA up and got into multiple four year universities; and also received multiple scholarships. I knew that If I persevered through the trenches of Depression, I could finally be happy with myself.

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  32. Growing up, the only value that was constantly embedded into my head was to work hard. It didn’t matter what I was doing or what was the purpose of doing it, everything needed to be done with extreme amounts of effort. I never questioned it. I only followed instructions to submit to my parents’ wishes. The culture that raised me consisted of a hierarchy where you did not question your elders and you always followed orders. This was present in my childhood in a small town where poverty was neighborhoods over, next to communities that had six-figure earners. When my father would work outside and maintain the yard I was expected to assist in some sort of way. That could be doing beds of mulch or cutting grass. As a child, I thought about why I was working so hard. In addition to working myself, my mother would work days on end, several hours, only seeing her in the evening. Then I questioned why my environment consisted of such hard work. As I got into my high school years I began working at several different jobs. One job that I can vividly remember was my time working as a Comcast salesman, no hourly pay just commission. Basically, if you couldn’t sell, you couldn’t eat. In my first month I made no sales, and for some reason, my trainer did not give up on me. I was watching every single YouTube video, studying all of the information on the product. Then through constant persistence, I obtained my first customer. After that, sales came after sales. At that point I realized how valuable my childhood environment was, growing up where the main focus was to work hard taught me to persevere. To persevere to achieve a goal, or to obtain a result. This was one of the only things I knew, but it put me in a good position to succeed. Everyone grew up in a different environment, but the environment I grew up in, everyone only knew one thing. To work hard.

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  33. My name is Matthew. I really believe that life is full of sharp turns and obstacles that really make you ponder what your doing, and make you think about what you want your life to be like. For me, I’ve never really known what it was like to be myself. My whole life I’ve pretty much just did everything I was told to do by my parents and I never really had my own voice, but I have never wanted to give up. I’ve been depressed, I’ve felt unloved, I’ve felt pain, I’ve felt guilt, but most importantly, I found determination and will power. Not only in myself but in the others around me, the people that make my life worth living.
    It’s easy to quit. It’s easy to give in and say “I can’t do it.” But persevering and pushing thru all your obstacles and never giving in to your inner demons, that takes tremendous strength and courage. And sometimes it’s a battle that cannot be won, but it’s worth the fight regardless. I can’t say that I’m proud of everything I have done with my life, but I can say that I am proud of the fact that I have never given up, despite everything that life threw at me. And yeah, maybe my life isn’t as bad as a lot of other people, but I have a rough life and what makes my life so much more meaningful is my family, my friends, my girlfriend, and coaches/teachers/teammates who help and guide me along the way and help me to become the best me that I can be.
    So my advise for all of you is to just be yourself. Believe , act, conquer. Never give up. And most importantly, never sell yourself short in life. Always be prepared to fight, not only for others around you, the people that you want to protect, but also for yourself. It is your life after all, and it has to be you that chooses the paths you take.
    Life has a lot of challenges, but you can only truly be successful in life, as a person and as a worker, if you are willing to fight through all of your problems and actively fight for the life that you want. I learned how to take responsibility for the life I desire, and everyone can as well. Because it is a lot easier to give up than to persevere, but no one wants the easy way out…hopefully

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  34. I believe that determination and perseverance are key to unlocking great success in a student’s future. I also believe that determination and perseverance only come when a person is passionate about the thing which he or she is pursuing. If someone is solely after the monetary value and material wealth that comes with a certain career or profession, but does not have a drive or will to do the work that leads to that wealth, then they will likely never achieve it. If you’re only determination in life is to obtain money and you choose a career for its potential payout rather than the work it entails, it is highly unlikely that you will ever see that money. You will have no desire to do the work because it is not something you enjoy doing. However, if you choose a career pathway based on your own interests and passion, you will have a higher chance of success. That is why I believe it is much more important to pursue a career that you have a passion for rather than one with a flashy salary tied to it. If you love the process then you will strive to improve and better yourself in that field, ultimately earning yourself more money in the end without having to struggle and burn yourself out for it. Success comes with determination, and determination stems from having a desire to do something because you enjoy it, not because of the money it can provide. This is what I believe.

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  35. I believe that people should never give up, especially on their dreams. People shouldn’t let anything get in their way and maybe even take certain obstacles as a challenge and feel more accomplished when they get through that obstacle. If you give up on your dreams then that means you have accepted that you will never reach them, but I believe that because you only have one life, you should do everything you can to achieve your goals and never give up. People need to find what drives them and keep themselves motivated to get where they want to be. If you have a motive to keep fighting for what you want then hold onto it and never let go. That motive may be their dream itself but sometimes you can get distracted by the obstacles you run into and lose focus on your dreams or goals so you have to make sure you stay focused on what you want. My dream is to live a great life full of adventure and to have a great and loving family when I’m older. This dream has never been out of focus since the moment I realized it and everything I do now is going to be because I want to make my dream come true and I will not settle for anything less. I believe that perseverance is what gets us to our dreams, so never give up and know that there is no easy road to your goals. When you struggle, don’t give up, you have to realize that it means you’re getting closer to where you want to be, you need to persevere to reach your goals.

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  36. Life is not easy, it is full of obstacles that ensure personal success does not occur overnight. I believe perseverance is a strong aspect of life when it comes to achieving goals. From a young age we are taught perseverance. We watched movies with super heroes who overcame the impossible time after time inspiring to be just like them, we were told that we can do anything, be anything our hearts desire. Though we are not superhero’s we still face daily challenges and setbacks that we can push through or let defeat us. What I am trying to say is that it is in our power to decide whether we surrender to difficulty or push through it to success. The greatest accomplishments were achieved by those who continued to conquer one challenge after another even when it seemed impossible. Believe it or not the most well known names faced failure and rejection many times before success. Walt Disney was one person on the never ending list of people who pushed forward through his struggles. Who would have thought the man who still to this day holds the records for most Oscars won by an individual was a rejected failure once. Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star Newspaper because the editor felt he lacked creativity and this was not his last setback. Just few years later Walt Disney drove Laugh O Gram an animation studio to bankruptcy. It was not about the times Walt Disney had failed but instead the times he overcame failure to become successful. Famous or not everyone encounters challenges some harder than others. Perseverance is truly about having the ability to make it through the toughest times to reach success. With perseverance I truly believe almost anything is possible.

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