Be Strong Today!

Taylor Brudnicki

Feeling the need to give up? Read about how these famous icons persevered!

What is Perseverance?

When a child learns to stand up then tries to walk, they are found to fall down again and again. The child automatically gets up and tries to step forward although they fall down again. Eventually after multiple failures they will succeed. But why couldn't they get up on the first try? What caused them to stand up after multiple tries? Perseverance caused this. Perseverance is something you feel when you are trying your best at something after many failures. People persevere everyday, sometimes they don't realize it.

Cody McCasland

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If someone has ever felt like they cannot do something because it is too hard or maybe because they feel as if they wouldn't succeed, they can learn from Cody McCasland. Cody McCasland is 10 years old and he has no legs beneath his knees. He was born with a rare birth defect called Sacral Agenesis which required for his legs to be amputated at the knee so he could have a better chance of being able to move around. Cody has gone through 20 surgeries and more than 20 sets of prosthetic legs within 10 years. Today, Cody is a multi-sport athlete and a spokesperson for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. This amazing inspiration is now able to participate in many activities such as horse-back riding, gymnastics, t-ball, soccer, running, swimming, golf and many more. His dream is to be in the 2016 Paralympic Games for swimming. Everyday, Cody McCasland is inspiring people young and old, with and without disabilities that they can do anything, But they have to put their mind to it even if they are different.

Walt Disney

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Walt Disney is known for creating Disney Land and many well-known cartoon films. His life wasn't always fun creating cartoons and theme parks. He experienced many adversities in which he struggled. All Mr.Disney wanted to do was make the world happy, so he knew he needed to try all his best and believe in his dreams. In Autumn of 1918 Walt Disney worked to be enlisted in the First World War. After he was denied, he volunteered as a Red Cross ambulance driver and was sent over seas. When he returned home he worked at his fathers company as an assistant then as a watchman. He very much enjoyed the last job because it gave him an opportunity to study drawing. He gained basic knowledge on skills and sculpture at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He was so eager to become a professional artist that every minute counted. After being unemployed for many times, Walt used his remaining money of $250 to launch a company with Disney and Iwerks called Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists. Thanks to the perseverance of Walt Disney their company was successfully developed. Years later, On October 16,1923 Disney brothers organized "Walt Disney Company" for the production of many short films. When his goals were achieved, the productions were amazing, but expensive and that was why they were often in debt. Three years later after the first full-length animated film was created, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the work of the film brought them 8 million dollars and Walt instantly became a millionaire. All of his hard work and determination payed off. His life journey ended on December 15, 1966. The work he started still continues today. Walt Disney once said "All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you."

Bethany Hamilton

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In Kauai, Hawaii eight year old Bethany Hamilton began surfing. As she grew older she began getting involved in many surfing competitions. When she reached the age of 13, she was attacked by a tiger shark while swimming in Kauai. After the unexpected attack, she had lost her left arm. Life guards, doctors, friends, family, and everyone else were amazed with her motivation throughout this event. The thought of never surfing again crossed her mind. This was a nightmare for her because she was always so happy to be surfing. Throughout her tragic journey and perseverance, she has taught people to never be scared. At age 15, Bethany Hamilton took a trip to Thailand to visit orphans that were affected by a tsunami. She took them into the water for the first time since the event to help them overcome their fears. Bethany is very grateful for the message she has given to the world to inspire people. Inspiring others is what her daily life consists of. "I've learned life is a lot like surfing. When you get caught in the impact zone, you need to get right back up, because you never know what's over the next wave... and if you have faith, anything is possible, anything at all."