Perseverance means to continue steadfastly, especially in something that is difficult or tedious. It requires regular practice to develop the quality of perseverance. Only a patient person with strong determination can achieve his goal by perseverance. Perseverance is the secret of success. Without it, no great achievement is possible. Even if a person is not very talented, nor highly knowledgeable, but of an average merit, still he can succeed in life simply by his perseverance. Every action has its reaction. So hard labour has no alternative. It must yield results.
Organized sports are one way for children to practice the art of perseverance. Joining a club or a sport that has regular meeting times forces a student to stick to a schedule, maintain attendance even in the face of other time commitments and continue involvement even if they decide they do not like it anymore. This is not to say that a child should be forced to play soccer for 5 years if they decide they do not like it, but they should be compelled to complete the season they are in and not drop out because they do not like the work or the individuals involved. The skills gained by following through on their commitment are invaluable.
School is also an excellent way to practice this critical value. First and foremost, students must be encouraged, by their parents, to come to school each day. There will always be times that a child would rather stay home than get up and get on the bus. A strong and supportive parent must encourage the child to persevere in their goal of a quality education. This goal cannot be achieved if the child is not in school. If there are problems, the adults in the child’s life must be on hand to help them work through the problem, not simply walk away from it. So it is not only on the children to persevere but also on the parents to not give up on there child. Often, having been forced to continue, the child will see the good in the...
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