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Perseverance means to keep trying again and again until you succeed. Perseverance is the key to achieving someone's dream.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson endured many challenges in his life, being the first African American in the MLB. First, in 1939, Jackie Robinson enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles. Then, on October 23, 1945, Jackie Robinson signed a contract to play for the Montreal Royals. Then, on April 15, 1946, Jackie Robinson breaks the color line on his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Jackie was called a lot of rude names and did not get respected in the MLB. He had resilience and that made him who he was. He was tough though because he still played as well as he could. Finally, in October, 1949, Jackie Robinson was credited to the National League Most Valuable Player. Although Robinson faced many adversities that never stopped his road to the top. Before all of this ever happened though, he had the will to persevere.

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill is a strong and determined historical figure. He was born in Marlborough, England, 1874. His parents were very busy with work and their social life so Winston was with his nanny most of his childhood. His nanny supported Winston whenever his parents couldn’t and was like a mother to him.

Throughout his life he has shown determination, brightness, and had been adventurous. For example in South Africa in 1899 he was brave enough to go into a war zone. He was also shot at and became a prisoner of war for a month. He also was accepted into Harrow School, a private school when he was 12 in 1887. However, he is best known for becoming the prime minister of Great Britain. During this time the Nazis invaded France in May 10, 1940 and Chamberlain resigned as Prime Minister and that same day Churchill took that position. Winston Churchill once said, “Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.'' From this quote we know that Winston Churchill is inspiring and determined. He did not give up no matter what happens in World War II. He was trying to inspire all the people of his country to fight back in this war. Winston Churchill displayed many character traits that led him in his journey to become a great political figure.

Losing to Win

There are many problems and disappointments that the girls at Carroll Academy face throughout their young lives on the ESPN video, “Losing to Win”. The problem is that many of these girls have gone through many adversities that have disrupted their future. Carroll Academy wants to change that. Also, these girls have issues of the court including parental issues and drugs. This is a problem because it doesn’t allow them to do the important things in life such as have a family or academics and that is why they are in Carroll Academy. This led to being put on a basketball team. They are learning their lesson through basketball. The sport helps get their mind taken off their problems and onto the game. Unfortunately, they have lost 218 game straight. Another problem is that they are losing trust in each other. The best solution was the coaches motivated the girls to keep trying and never give up. Although winning the games was idle, the game of basketball brought them together. They also don’t need to win to triumph hence the name “Losing to Win”. They just win by improving their teamwork and learning life lessons. Carroll Academy changed the lives of these girls and inspired many people to come.


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People can learn that even if someone goes through an adversity, they can bounce back. If someone else can power through adversities with the courage to persevere, then you can too. Perseverance teaches us not to give. Perseverance teaches us to keep fighting, and achieve your goal.