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This month we will focus on the character concept, “perseverance.”

The decision to persevere even when challenged says a great deal about someone’s character. People who persevere show mental toughness, commitment, focus, reliability and integrity to follow through with what they said they would do. Perseverance is a very important trait of a leader and a goal-setter.

Watch as Dr. Robyn Silverman, developer of the Powerful Words Character Development Program, used right here at our school, discusses this vital word to all of our success —

There has been an interesting realization recently. Research shows that perseverance is a far more important predictor of future success than the prestige of a person’s school or faculty. It’s about  effort, hard work and stick-to-itiveness.

A recent study out of the University of Michigan tells us that parents who stress effort over innate gifts rear more successful children. These children tend to work harder and longer on their goals than those who are raised to believe that it’s the end result that counts rather than one’s determination and perseverance. We must teach our children that doing their best means enduring through the rough spots.

When it comes to perseverance, many things can get in our way. It seems simple—just keep going andimage never quit. But children experience fears of success as well as fears of failure. They feel the weight
of peer pressure telling them to stop prematurely and do something else. Some children have trouble working through the mounting hurdles or don’t have the support and encouragement to stick with
something. We can help. Children and teens need what our child/teen development specialist, Dr. Robyn Silverman, called “SPARK.” This stands for Support, Passion, Action, Reason, and Knowledge. When children have the support system, are engaged in something that truly interests them, take necessary and consistent action, have a strong “why” they are doing something, and the skills to do it, they can persevere and achieve.

We thank you for your support. You are pivotal in helping to make our school one of the best personal development centers in the world.

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