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Perseverance - Resources

Perseverance is the ability to stay on the path to one's goals despite obstacles, the discouragement of failure, and the distracting effect of temptations. It is crucial for the achievement of long-term goals, the pursuit of which presents so many opportunities to veer off-course or abandon one’s aims. The persevering person does not lose sight of her purpose even when it takes a considerable amount of time to reach it, and she does not give up easily.

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  • Tough, P. (2012). How children succeed: Grit, curiosity, and the hidden power of character. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


  • John Templeton Foundation. (2009). Grit. In Character: A Journal of Everyday Virtues. Spring.