Persistence

By Arnav Voddiraju

Gandhi: Persistence Through Adversities

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won"- Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi is a great example of someone who was persistent. For instance, Gandhi started a boycott of British goods, on March 10th, 1922, and because of this, he was sentenced to 6 years of prison. But, he served only 2 of the years because he was bailed out.Another example is when the British started to tax salt in 1930, Gandhi led a 250 mile march to the ocean to get his own salt. This shows persistence because when he faced an adversity, he didn't yield, he tried to accomplish his goals another way. Gandhi has inspired many people like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. to be persistent.

Lincoln: A Life of Persistence

Abraham Lincoln faced many adversities in his life that he had to be persistent to solve. Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12th, 1809 in Kentucky. Many years later he was married to Mary Todd on November 4th 1842. Later, on February 1st, 1850, Lincoln's second child died from Tuberculosis. Next, the Lincoln's third child William was born on December 21st, 1850. 12 years later, William died on February 20th, 1862. Lincoln was killed by an actor name John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater. Lincoln's life was full of adversities, but he was persistent to get his way.

Persistence Pays Off!

One problem in the world is Autism. Currently, the only solution is to be persistent to teach Autistic people new things. For example, my younger brother has Autism. It took us months to teach him how to eat by himself. During those months, we had a couple of new problems, like he would keep dropping the spoon or he wouldn't wait for his food to cool down. Being persistent is the right thing to do because if you are teaching someone to do something, they may mess up and you could get upset with them. As a result you have to be persistent or you will get nowhere in life.

A's vs. C's

A straight "A" student and a straight "C" student have many similarities as well as differences. A straight "A" student is constantly trying to maintain his grades while on the other hand the "C" student isn't trying at all. Another difference is that if the "A" student gets a bad grade on an assignment that person will try to do extra credit or make corrections. This student is really trying to be persistent because he/she is facing an adversity and is being persistent to solve it. Meanwhile the other student isn't trying at all. When he/she is facing an adversity he/she is just yielding. Besides these differences they are also similar, they are both students in the same school and they both have the same assignments and tests. When it comes to school, never yield on hard tests, just do your best and be persistent.

The Nepal Earthquake

The Nepal earthquake had many effects like killing over 3,000 people, destruction of roads, and destruction of homes. The earthquake struck which caused buildings to collapse which is the cause of killing 3,000 people. Another result of this catastrophic event is roads were split into smaller sections which could have been more dangerous because people could have fallen into these fissures and died. Therefore we should all be aware of this and react by using perseverance and persistence to help the injured or help the non-injured escape.

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Autism Picture- www.theatlanticmidtown.com


Nepal Earthquake- Los Angeles Times. "Nepal Hit by Its Worst Earthquake in Eight Decades."NEWSELA. Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2015. Web. 22 May 2015.