Persistence, week 1

We will begin our discussion of Persistence in our lessons together this week.  We will talk together about the basic meaning of Persistence.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”  — Benjamin Franklin (author, printer, diplomat, statesman, scientist)

Persistence:  the act of persisting or persevering;  continuing or repeated behavior.

Persistence means that we work toward a goal even when it takes a long time to reach, or it gets rough along the way.  Without persistence, obstacles will stop us.  With persistence, we will learn from our setbacks.  We work with obstacles and setbacks, and turn them into stepping stones to move forward instead of barriers.  Using persistence allows us to succeed because much of what matters in life requires us to make sustained efforts and repeated attempts.  The greater the accomplishment we seek to make, the more likely this is to be true.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  What is an example of persistence in learning karate?
  2.   What is an example of persistence when you are in school?
  3.   What is an obstacle you have overcome?

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