persisting, especially in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc.; persevering.*
We never really think about the character traits we have until someone asks us. As I was given a list of words of different character traits, I decided to go with the word “persistent”. To me, the word persistent means to be passionate and motivated about something you love and never giving up.
I have always been a go-getter and passionate about my work, my business, and the goals that I set in my life. The word persistent stood out to me the most because it is something that describes how I have always been. I believed being persistent was developed in me at a young age when I won my first-grade spelling bee. There was more than one winner, but I remember having this goal in mind to keep studying the words to win and feel like I accomplished something. It was more about knowing that I could spell everything correctly by putting in the work and, of course, not losing on stage in front of everyone. In the end, I felt accomplished, and I had my family there to celebrate with me. It was indeed a great feeling!
Since then, I’ve been this person to never give up on things that I am passionate about or motivated by. From learning to play an instrument, dancing, running track, running organizations, starting my own nonprofit and much more, I learned that being persistent is key for any accomplishment or goal. Of course, things are going to be hard, it will be like climbing a mountain, but with persistence, you have to know that you will reach the top eventually. You will face obstacles and hurdles, but at least you can say you tried and were persistent behind it all.
I’ve cried over things not working out, I’ve stressed and got mad, but one thing I never did was give up. My visions may not always come out correctly or be up to my standards, but I know deep down that I gave it my all and will continue to move forward. Being persistent is a part of the process of it all! You learn while being persistent, and it keeps you going.
Without being persistent, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Through it all, while being persistent, make sure to learn, work hard, always be a visionary, and never give up.