Perseverance Through Adversity

Annie Amundsen

What is perseverance?

Perseverance is not giving up. It is persistence and tenacity, the effort required to do something and keep doing it till the end, even if it's hard. Vince Lombardi, one of the greatest football coaches said, “The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.”

Description of Perseverance

John Mautner had a nice house in Hilton Head, South Carolina and he was newly married. In 1990 he quit his job and moved because he was frustrated about his earning potential at his current job. He moved to Orlando, Florida with an ambition to create a business. He spent hours developing his own special recipe for glazing almonds and pecans.He got a loan of $10,000 dollars and started his business called The Nutty Bavarian. He set up a cart that allowed customers to watch as they were made. John struggled financially. In order to get better business John needed to get his nut cart into Universal Studios and this would cost $100,000. He had inadequate funds and could not afford this price.He called the food service department at Universal Studios and spoke with the Vice President who told him to submit a proposal. John called Universal every day until he finally said he wouldn't stop until they told him no or agreed to meet with him for 30 minutes. The V.P agreed to meet with him and John convinced him his product was irresistible. He grossed $40,000 the first year and signed a 2 year contract with Universal.

Cause and Effect

Lauren Hill, a college basketball player was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. Her goal was to play in a game for her college, Mount St. Joseph. The NCAA granted a waiver to allow the college to start the season 2 weeks early so Hill could play.The president of the college said, “We are forever grateful to have had Lauren’s grace on our campus with her smile and determined spirit. She has left a powerful legacy. She has taught us that every day is a blessing; every moment a gift.” She inspired so many people. Lauren’s perseverance never allowed her to give up or have a bad attitude.

Problems and Solutions

Churchill became a war correspondent for The The Morning Post during the Boer War in South Africa. He was shot at and captured and kept prisoner for a month. He turned these experiences into a book, London to Ladysmith via Pretoria. Churchill continued to be a writer for the rest of his life.This experience made him want to go into politics. He came back to England as a very successful war hero and writer which allowed him to successfully run for Parliament. During WW1 Churchill was blamed for the Dardanelles disaster and forced out of politics. During this time he learned how to paint. It started as a way for him to escape the doldrums. He worked hard and did not falter in his inspiration to improve himself and triumphed when was asked to join politics again.

Compare/ Contrast Venn Diagram

The Adversities of Eleanor Roosevelt (Left) Jackie Robinson (Right)
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Sequencing of Tom Monaghan Struggles. The Owner of Dominoes

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What Can We Learn from the perseverance of others to Help us Overcome Adversity in Today's World?

All of the people we have studied have faced many adversities in their life. What sets them apart from others is that when adversity came in their life they never gave up. Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, John Mautner, Winston Churchill, and Tom Monaghan all faced many adversities in their lives but each time they overcame them. Lauren Hill was not able to survive brain cancer but when she was sick she choose to keep going, play the game she loved, and raise money for cancer research. These people are motivation for other people in the world. They teach the world to face adversity and persevere. Never give up. Never quit trying.