The Road to Perseverance

Erin Dorsey

What is Perseverance?

Perseverance is to keep trying. Once you have set a personal goal, no matter what adversities you may face, you keep trying. Even if you fail, you don't yield, you stand right back up again, your determination does not falter, and you keep going until you succeed.

Stephen J. Cannell

Stephen J. Cannell is one person who has shown a great deal of perseverance, despite his dyslexia. When Cannell was younger, he flunked first grade, and then fourth grade. After the second time getting held back, he was asked to change schools. He was doing okay in schools the next few years, but in tenth grade, he flunked again, and was once again asked to switch schools. After switching schools, he eventually graduated, but it was at the bottom of his class. Despite Cannell not excelling in school, he was an exceptional athlete, and got a football scholarship to the University of Oregon. He eventually lost his scholarship due to poor grades. After college, Stephen helped out at the family business, but he knew that's not what he wanted to do his entire life. Cannell had always had a creative mind and he knew he wanted to become a writer, but he had always struggled in school. Since Cannell was eloquent, and had the ambition to succeed, he eventually became successful. Stephen J. Cannell created and co-created the most shows in television history, he was the largest prime time producer, he won multiple Emmys, his studio exceeded the $1 billion dollar mark, and he has written multiple successful novels. Somewhere in the mix of fame, at the age of 35, he was diagnosed with dyslexia, but he never stopped trying to reach his goals.

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Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson was the first black person in MLB. The Dodgers wanted to show that race didn't matter, so they went on a hunt to find a ballplayer with African heritage. Robinson was handpicked out of many contenders not only because he was a great ball player, but because he could take the heat. Robinson had to deal with adversities such as pitches aimed directly at him, unfair calls made by the umpires, verbal and physical abuse, hate mail, and even death threats. Even after all these challenges, Jackie Robinson still triumphed in the end. He was the first African American inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and he even received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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Losing to Win

Sometimes kids aren't raised in the best environments. Whether the environments have drugs, alcohol, abuse, and/or a lack of money, this can cause kids to make poor decisions. When teens make these poor decisions, they can get sent to Carroll Academy. Carroll Academy is a school where they help guide the students get back on the right path. Carroll Academy provides the students with an education, counseling, and some of the most valuable lessons, lessons about life. Some of the students are required to participate in sports. It is through these sports that they teach the teens about life. The school teaches them how to appropriately handle adversities, so the students can overcome them, and use the knowledge later in life. Many of the students persevere so much while they try to become better students, they get sent back to regular school, so they can graduate with the rest of their class.

Learning From Other's Perseverance

We can look at other people's stories of perseverance, and use them to help us overcome our own adversities in today's world. When you know other's perseverance stories, it can help us by encouraging us to be optimistic. If you view a story similar to an adversity you're going through, it makes it easier to believe in yourself, because you think "If they can do it, I can do it!" or "Their situation is a lot worse, and they got through it, which means I can get through my situation!" Optimism makes perseverance a lot easier. If you view the glass half full rather than half empty and you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything! To wrap it up, as Sir Winston Churchill said "If you are going through hell, keep going."