Bad Things Good People

Seth Wellner


Perseverance means to keep going after you get "knocked down" in life. For example, if any professional athlete gave up the first time something bad or unexpected happened they would not be where they are today.

The Ugly Duckiling


Eleanor Roosevelt's early childhood was full of sadness and hardships. Eleanor was born into a very wealthy family, went to many fancy parties, and had her very own servant who took care of her and taught her how to speak French. But, despite her affluence, her life was far from easy. Her mother gave her the nickname "granny" as a kid because of her seriousness. People also called her the "ugly duckling" because of her appearance. As a kid she would observe her parents stroking her brothers' hair while Eleanor just sat there from a distance. Because of feeling rejected, Eleanor became shy and withdrawn. When she turned eight, a new set of tragedy occurred. Her mother, Anna, died, followed by her brother, Elliot. Two months after that, her father passed away. All that was left was her and her brother Hall. They were both sent to live with their grandmother in Manhattan. The first couple of years at her grandmas were extremely difficult. She had no where to play, no kids to talk to, and the family ate dinner in silence. Just before Eleanor turned 15, she got sent to a boarding school in England. When she was 19 she married her fifth cousin, Franklin Roosevelt. In 1906, she gave birth to her first child. Over the next five years, she gave birth to four more babies. Then tragedy reemerged in Elanor's life. In the summer of 1921, her husband, Franklin, got Polio and the bottom part of his body was paralyzed. In 1932 her husband became the President of the United States. After he became President, she also got involved in politics. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, she helped raise money and donated blood. In April 1945 Franklin died. After his funeral she laid flowers on his grave every day. On November 7, 1962, she died and was buried next to her husband. Because she overcame adversity and helped make the world a better place, Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most noble leaders to ever live and is known as "The First Lady of The World."

The Eloquent Leader


Sir Winston Churchill is a famous military leader and politician. He was born in Blenheim Palace in Marlborough, England. He had a really easy childhood. His father, Lord Randolph Churchill, was a member of Parliament and his mother, Jennie Jerome, was an American heiress. The only aspect of his childhood that was semi-difficult was that his parents were often away and traveled extensively. He showed the character traits of being adventurous, determined, and well spoken. For example, he would travel to other countries to fight and be a war correspondent for London's The Daily Graphic. He also showed that was was well-spoken when he addressed Harrow School in October 1941. Churchill is, however, best known for leading Britain to victory in World War II. During the war he showed how determined he was because Germany seemed like an invincible enemy. Winston Churchill once said, "Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, 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." This quote sums up Churchill's character traits of determination, inspiration, and integrity.

Inspiring Girls Around the Country


In the "Losing to Win" video, the girls had the problem of being sent to Carroll Academy, a school for delinquent high school youth. Most of them were sent there because they broke school rules or got in trouble with the law. Most of the girls had very rough childhoods. Some of their parents were drug addicts, some were alcoholics, and some were just unable to support them financially or emotionally. As a result, they were sent to live full time at Carroll Academy. Going to Carroll Academy helped many of the girls regain control of their lives. It helped them to stop the cycle of drug abuse, stealing, and other crimes that would ruin the rest of their lives. As a result, they are slowly reverting back to being well adapted school age girls.

Ambitious Goals

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The Most Determined Man to Ever Live

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What we learn from others' perseverance

There are many things we can learn from others' perseverance to overcome adversity in today's world. One thing we can do is study examples of the situations others faced, the actions that they took, and results of their actions in terms of overcoming specific adversities. Another thing we can do to help ourselves overcome adversity is to be inspired by their stories, realizing that many ups and downs must be faced before reaching the end goal. If we use their examples as role models, we will have a better chance at overcoming our adversities.