What is Perseverance?
How can I form a habit of perseverance?
Why is it important to persevere?
J.K. Rowling is the author of Harry Potter, one of the most successful and admired children’s book series of all time. But Rowling is also well-acquainted with failure and rejection: The original ‘Harry Potter pitch’ was rejected by 12 different publishers. Her failures, as well as those of so many other famous individuals, led J.K. Rowling to conclude that, “it is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default”. If, as suggested by J.K. Rowling, failure is inevitable, then the skill of perseverance is a necessity.
Perseverance leads to mastery, creates opportunities, builds resilience, and teaches you how to manage crises. The ability to persevere in the face of adversity, and ultimately achieve your goal, also increases self-confidence and motivation, and helps cultivate a more optimistic explanatory style. All of this to say that there is merit to Franklin Roosevelt’s suggestion to “tie a knot and hang on” when you reach the end of your rope.
Where can I learn more?
What will students learn?
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to…
- Understand the concept of perseverance
- Identify examples of perseverance from their own lives and explain the importance of perseverance
- Gather and organize information from a variety of sources to identify examples of historical or present examples of perseverance in Canadian communities
- Demonstrate an understanding of significant experiences, and major challenges that have and which continue to shape Canadian lives
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