Building Character. Perseverance. Perseverance. “With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.” ~ Thomas Foxwell Buxton. Perseverance is…. Trying and trying again; not giving up
“With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”
~ Thomas Foxwell Buxton
Remember the Little Engine That Could?
“I think I can, I think I can…”
Chantal Petitclerc lost both of her legs when a heavy barn door fell on her at the age of 13.
In her first wheelchair race at 18, she came in last.
With her goal in mind, she has gone on to win 13 Gold medals for Canada in the Paralympics.
Lance Armstrong, won the 3500 km
Tour de France bicycle race 7 times after surviving a grueling battle with cancer.
“Giving up was never an option.”
Derek Redmond, Olympic runner from England falls due to an injury during the 400 m semi-finals.
He gets up and completes the race with the help of his father.
“I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot... and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. “
Ludwig Von Beethoven overcame his deafness and composed his famous 5th Symphony.
Da da da dum…..
Harriet Tubman walked thousands of miles through bad weather and rough terrain; avoiding slave hunters in her personal quest to help thousands of black slaves escape to the north.
“I think and think for months and years. 99% of the time the conclusion is false. The 100th time I am right.”
Albert Einstein the world’s most famous scientist was diagnosed with a learning disability as a child.
Rising above this, he went on to discover the theory of relativity ~ E=mc2.
“Most of the important things in the world are accomplished by people who kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
Had to try over 1000 combinations before he found the right materials for the light bulb.
“The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.”
“We can do anything we want if we stick to it long enough.”
The first deaf and blind person to earn a University degree.
She became an American author, a lecturer, and a political activist fighting for the rights of women.
In spite of not winning American Idol and the tragedy of losing members of her family, she has persevered and won Oscar and Grammy awards for acting and singing.
Try a sport that may be challenging or new to you.
Keep trying until you succeed!
practising your music.
When doing your homework, keep trying if you don’t understand right away, or get help.
Avoid making excuses like; “I don’t get it” or “This is boring” to avoid completing your task.
If there is something that you really want, start saving your money or allowance and see if you can buy it yourself, or contribute to it.
Terry Fox showed perseverance and courage in running 3339 miles in his Marathon of Hope raising money for cancer research.
Today millions of people around the world continue his dream.