American Virtues Project:Perseverance: What truly defines an American

To persevere is an important aspect in life. Without perseverance we would get nowhere in life. The definition of perseverance is a steady persistence in a course of action in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. I think this vital civic virtue is one of the few that truly defines what it is to be an American.

One of the wisest men ever known claimed he wasn?t a genius but rather that he always persevered. A quote from Albert Einstein, ?I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.?

This man made some of the greatest scientific discoveries in the world because he never gave up even though he was wrong time after time.

This applies to everything America has gained in the field of technology. The United States has better technology than every other country in the world.

This is not because we are smarter but rather because we kept pushing on towards whatever goal we had despite the many failures that occur along the way.

Our American athletes are another great example of the accomplishments that can be obtained through perseverance. As Tommy Lasorda said, ?The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man?s determination.?

Not all of the great athletes in the history of time achieved greatness because of natural talent. Many achieved greatness through perseverance. They worked and worked through pain and heartbreak to win no matter what the sport.

This concept applies to more than just sports, though. People work through long days to get a promotion. People go through 16 or more years of schooling to get a good education. People fight in wars to protect their families and earn a living.

Nobody enjoys these things but as Americans they know they can persevere through the hard times and good will always come of it.

The great depression is one of the most tragic times Americans have ever faced. People had very little or no money at all. Many people had no home, no possessions, nothing. All they had was the clothes are their back and the mindset that they could get through it.

Winston Churchill once said, ?if you?re going through hell, keep going.? That is exactly what people had to do. They were living in hell with no money, food, or hope, but they still searched all over the United States for a job just so they could support themselves and their families.

This was probably the greatest example of perseverance American will ever come upon. No matter how bad things get, Americans will always push on and never give up because they know they can get through anything if they set their mind to it.

These are just a few examples of how perseverance applies to Americans but the main concept is that without it, we would achieve nothing and not be where we are today without it. if you think about it, without perseverance we wouldn?t even be Americans.

The early settlers that came to America and then went on to defeat the British and form the United States achieved everything we have through perseverance. That is why I think perseverance is the most import civic virtue that a person needs to be an American.

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