By: Julia Young

What is toughness?

According to, toughness means that someone/something is able to withstand great strain without tearing or breaking; strong and resilient. When you’re tough, or show toughness, you don’t let anything or anyone bring you down. Being tough will help you succeed in anything if it’s sports, school, or a job. When you’re tough, you keep going to matter what criticism people throw at you. Many athletes like Birgit Prinz, who is on the German soccer team, get criticized by people because of their success. Fans of opposing teams get mad so they say mean things to bring them down but, Prinz stayed tough and still remained the leading scorer in the German soccer league. This shows that toughness helps you push through anything to succeed.

Noah Galloway's toughness V.S. the Other competitors

In dancing with the Stars, there was a contestant named Noah Galloway who had one arm and one leg. Compared to the other contestants who were healthy and athletic, he was disabled and couldn't move as swiftly as the others so it was hard to stand out to the judges. Throughout the whole competition, he displayed toughness which eventually led him to the finals. The other competitors probably saw him as weak but that didn't stop him from staying tough. Although he didn't win first place, he persevered and inspired people to keep going no matter what adversity.

5 Steps to Mental Toughness

1- It’s not about winning, it’s about how much you want to win.
  • If you take a test, don’t expect to ace it without trying. You have to want and try to succeed to succeed.

2- Do not expect it to be easy
  • When you’re facing an obstacle, don’t assume that it will be easy. You have to plan for the worst so you’re ready to push through anything.

3- Stay Positive
  • When going through a challenge, being negative is the worst possible things to do. Staying positive will help motivate you to keep going and push through whatever you’re trying to accomplish

4- Forget about what other people have to say
  • People will have rude things to say to throw you off or make you give up. If you don’t listen to them, nothing will stop you from succeeding.

5- Live in the present but focus on the future
  • When you’re facing an obstacle, you should always be prepared for the future, but still be aware of the present. This will help you stay tough so you’re ready for everything.

Problems Solved with Toughness

All over the internet people post pictures or videos of themselves. Bullies are a huge problem for these people, especially when singing videos are posted. Jeffrey Eli Miller is a 14 year old boy who posts 6 second singing videos on an app called vine. After every vine he posts, bullies comment rude things such as “gay”, “ugly”, or “fat” but he is none of those things. To keep the problems from getting to his head, he uses mental toughness. That helps him stay positive and keep singing. His toughness has led him to great things like performing all over the country, going on Good Morning America, and the Meredith Vierra Show. Toughness solves problems of struggling, hate, and many other situations.

Cause and Effects with Toughness

The reason why Liam Payne is so successful is because of toughness. In 2008, he went on the X Factor, a show for talented singers, and made it through auditions but eventually got kicked off. The next year, he stayed tough and refused to give up, so he returned and made it through auditions. On that show, he formed a band with Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, and Niall Horan. They became the world’s most popular boy band, making over 100 million dollars. Liam’s toughness caused this boy band to form. Without his toughness, One Direction wouldn’t have formed and they wouldn’t have been successful.
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Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner, who was previously married to Kris Jenner, has recently announced that he is transforming into a woman. The media and his family have been giving him a hard time, but he has toughness which helps him stay positive. Here is an article and video clips from a recent interview: