Perseverance, week 3

We’ll be continuing to talk about Perseverance in our lessons this week.  We’ll be talking about how belief in ourselves, and in the value of what we are doing, motivates us to show Perseverance.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“We must have perseverance, and above all confidence, in ourselves.  We must believe that we are gifted in something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained.”  — Marie Curie (Scientist, Teacher, Nobel prize winner in Physics and Chemistry)

Marie Curie was a pioneering scientist in the study of radioactivity.  She was the first person to win two Nobel prizes, and the only person ever to win prizes in separate disciplines (Physics and Chemistry).  She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris.  Her many accomplishments came through perseverance — she started off as a scientist by working in a garden shed in her laboratory, and built from there.  Marie Curie believed in herself, and she believed that what she was doing was worthwhile, and that is why she never gave up.

Discussion Questions:

1)  What is something you would really like to do with your life?

2)  If you really believe you are doing something worthwhile, would you be willing to work at it hard for a long time to be able to do it?

3)  Do you think Marie Curie did the right thing by starting off in a garden shed?

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