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Perseverance Whether we wear it on the sleeve of our heart or we hide it deep within our core we all possess this one special quality Sadly most of us dont know its true power As tough obstacles interfere in our lives we dont seem to realize that perseverance can pull us through because it is the key to overcoming hurdles and the guiding light to success One of my ultimate tests of perseverance was a badminton match about one year ago That day I stood on the court tired and out of breath The score was seven to one in favor of the opponent in the third and final set of the match It was my turn to serve and I hesitantly held the birdie trying to gain some precious time to catch my breath I stared at my confident opponents face through the lines of the net and I literally wanted to lie down in defeat but this was not perseverance Perseverance isnt giving up or letting difficulties overwhelm you Perseverance is conquering even when the odds are stacked against you finding success despite the circumstances and feeling proud of your accomplishments At that point in the match I felt absolutely deflated and didnt want to continue on I should just let her win I said to myself However as I held the birdie I felt something pass through me I realized that this was no longer a simple badminton match but actually a metaphor for my entire life If I gave up now how could I ever look myself in the eye again I lived my life to succeed to make my family and my friends proud because their joy in my accomplishments was what kept me going I couldnt disappoint them and most importantly I couldnt disappoint myself But what did I need to strengthen me Perseverance Perseverance is overcoming obstacles believing in oneself and never giving up But
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