Perseverance means sticking with your goal regardless of any disappointments or obstacles along the way — no matter how impossible the task may seem. It is having the will and internal strength to know what you want and to stick to it until you accomplish it. Of course, perseverance must be accompanied by intellect; you cannot pursue a goal or plan that has not been well thought out, for a person who is merely persistent can be annoying to others. Perseverance is not always about liking or loving what you are doing, but about accomplishing things regardless. Sometimes you just have to do it.
Success and Perseverance
Many successful people attribute the main ingredient for their success as perseverance. It was their ability to persevere in the face of difficulty and challenges. From professional athletes to great leaders, they all share similar stories about their many failures leading to their great success. One of those successful people is great American inventor and businessman, Thomas Edison. Edison has over 1,093 patents to his credit. Some of his most notable inventions include the light bulb and the phonograph as well as key innovations to the telegraph, motion picture, and mining industries. Regarding the light bulb, it has been rumored that Edison tried anywhere between 2,000 to 10,000 combinations until it worked. Talk about perseverance!
Building Perseverance in Your Kids
Help build perseverance in your kids with the following exercise:
- Have your child set a goal. The goal should be challenging but attainable. And a determined date should be set.
- Compile an inventory of the resources needed. Resources include time, skill, things, people and possibly money.
- Work the plan.
- Celebrate the newfound perseverance! Kind and positive words of affirmation go a long way.
*Some example goals are: learning a new skill, reading several books, or running faster.