Perseverance: Failure and Morning School Officials

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Good morning school officials, teachers, classmates, schoolmates, parents, and ladies and gentlemen! A pleasant morning to all of you. This morning, I will be talking to you about perseverance and how it applies to personal success.

Do you know what perseverance is? Perseverance is a steady effort to maintain a course of action, purpose, or belief in spite of difficulty. It is usually not easy to keep persevering because of the difficulty “telling” you to stop. We have to learn to overcome the difficulties and the pain while doing something because according to Lance Armstrong, pain is temporary, but quitting would make the pain last forever.

As students, we could all apply perseverance in our studies. No matter how hard we find a subject, we should still continue studying for it so that we could learn the lesson well and pass the test. Even though we do not understand the lesson, we should continue studying about it until we understand it. Albert Einstein once said, “It's not that I'm so smart; it's just that I stay with problems longer.” It is possible to be successful even if you are not that intelligent but you never give up with realistic problems.

Work does not always have instant results. Most of the time, the results which do not come out immediately are better because they develop through time. Jacob A. Riis goes and looks at stonecutters hammering rocks. The result of splitting the rock only happens after many blows, but the result is not because of that single blow but because of the many blows before it. This applies very much to me because the training that I am doing now would most likely only bear fruit after more than two years.

Most problems in life are not obstacles, but a chance to let us learn life lessons. Problems should be treated as opportunities to learn rather than things blocking our way to success. Michel Jordan said, “If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it,...
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