Persistence…..Overcoming Life’s Challenges


It is easy to be strong and brave when life is going your way and everything seems just right. But when things get tough, many people find that the strength and courage they thought they had have disappeared. However, there are other people who are truly inspirational in their ability to rise to the challenge when life gets rough. These people show incredible persistence, and in doing so overcome the difficulties in their lives and move on to more positive times.

This video gives an inspiring example of the power of persistence.

Additional Resources:

  • Here is a story of a family’s persistence as their son struggled through a difficult period in his life.
  • Here is a story of a person who focused on the good things in life in order to cope with a disease.
  • Here is an article with some inspirational words about the hope needed for persistence.

Topics for Discussion:

  • How do you think the people in the stories were able to be so persistent?
  • Did you ever have a difficult time that you were able to overcome by being persistent?

Take Action:

  • Like the person who focused on the good things, make a list of your “Haves” and Don’t Haves” and see just how many good things you have in your life!
  • Visit the Hang In There website for tips and motivation about ways you can become more persistent!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.

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