The Road to Perseverance

By Ava Sampias

Perseverance

Perseverance is described as not giving up until you reach your goal, even when it seems impossible. Everyone has adversities in their life, and you just have to persevere through them and you will reach your goal in the end.

The Life of Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill had many adversities in his life. His parents were never home to take care of him, he had the government has turned against him many times, and he was captured and held captive in South Africa during war. But he also had many triumphs, including being chosen as the Prime Minister of the UK.


Winston Churchill was asked to become Prime Minister by King George VI on May 10, 1940 after Neville Chamberlain stepped down. Churchill gave his "Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat" speech 3 days later. The speech inspired the British military to keep fighting against Nazi Germany even though winning seemed impossible. Churchill decided to court the US and realized he also needed the help of the Soviet Union, even though he disliked them. By teaming up with both of those countries, he saved Britain from Nazi dominiation.


In 1945 the Labour party won the national election and Winston Churchill resigned as Prime Minister the next day. He later went on a lecture tour in the US that included his famous "The Sinews of Peace" speech. On October 26, 1951 Churchill began his second term as the Prime Minister of the UK. About 2 years later he suffered a severe stroke and everyone who knew said he should resign, but he didn't and got back to work after recovering. On April 5, 1955, Winston Churchill once again resigned as Prime Minister due to his declining health.

Jackie Robinson's Impact on the World

We all know who Jackie Robinson is, the first African American major league baseball player and he's in the hall of fame, but what most people don't know is the significance of what he did and how it impacts the world today. When he was asked to play on the Brooklyn Dodgers, he broke the color barrier in baseball that had been standing for many, many years. He showed that anyone could play baseball and your skin doesn't define your skill. He received a lot of hate, but he also impressed many people and changed their minds about blacks and what they could do. When he retired, his experiences motivated him to do public speaking and in 1963 he traveled to Birmingham with Martin Luther King Jr. and spoke out against segregation. He eventually got into the Hall of Fame and inspired many young people to follow in his footsteps.

Tom Monaghan: The Steps to Success

Tom Monaghan, the founder of Domino's Pizza, took many steps toward perseverance to get to where he is today. Him and his brother, Jim borrowed $900 and opened a pizza place near Eastern Michigan University, but business dropped when school got out. Tom basically lived there and put all of his time into keeping it running. He reluctantly took a partnership with someone to save the shop, but his partner ended up taking advantage of him. They went into debt and Tom had to devote more of his time to making pizza in order to keep it open. He managed to get out of debt for a while, but a fire wiped out his anchor store and he went back into more debt. Tom worked harder than ever and a year and a half later Domino's had grown a lot and his business was a success, but in 1970 he almost went bankrupt again. Over the years he worked hard and paid off all of his debts, and became one of the richest entrepreneurs in the world. He never quit and devoted his life to making pizza and helping Domino's grow. Each time he failed he took small steps in the direction of success, and it paid off in the end.

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