Jalen Bailey is an eight year old baker who is building a business to buy his mom a home. That certainly takes perseverance to overcome many roadblocks in order to succeed at such a lofty goal. Jalen's inspiration comes from his mother who has been teaching him about entrepreneurship since he was quite little. Not only does Jalen want to help his mother, he also started a GoFundMe website to raise money to help the homeless.
This award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about a little girl who fails time and again when trying to make a magnificent thing. She gets so mad she stops. She is done trying. Until, after a walk with her best friend, which happens to be her dog, she is inspired to get back at it. Although this is a simple story and not one that shows remarkable feats such as Olympians or explorers show us, her perseverance pays off and she succeeds at making the most magnificent thing. That perseverance is as wonderful and meaningful to the girl as a gold medal is to an Olympian.
One explorer that creates controversy with historians is Christopher Columbus. Although the evidence can be stacked against him and be debated, there is no doubt perseverance was a trait that ran through his blood. When you watch this mini biography of his life, one can’t help but realize that Columbus represented a man who persevered during a time in our history when taking a risk often resulted in death.
Olympic champions often have back stories that demonstrate how they had to persevere through difficult obstacles in their lives in order to succeed. These five articles show the pure grit of an Olympian as they found the drive to preserve.