Do you remember the last movie you watched? Most likely, there was a good guy. The Good Guy was trying to reach a goal throughout the movie. However, it wasn’t easy for the Good Guy because of the Bad Guy. The Bad Guy did everything he could to prevent the Good Guy from accomplishing his mission. Sound familiar? We like movies with this formula because we are fascinated with people who display such persistence. Have you ever seen a movie in which the Good Guy gave up and decided not to try—The End? Those movies are rare because persistence is better. We like to hear the story of an underdog who just refused to give up their pursuit of a goal. Their persistence paid off in the end leaving us feeling good at the end of the movie. Persistence is better.
Persistence means to not give up even though things are difficult. Persistence is a necessary skill you will need in life to get through the tough times. Also, success feels so much better after you had to endure some obstacles before you could accomplish your goal. So when you are in class and the teacher gives you the option of answering an easy question or a challenging question, an easy project or a challenging project, think about the benefits of persistence and allow yourself to be challenged. You can do it. Persistence is better.
Marvin Byrd (c/o 98)
It Can Be Done