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Perseverance plays an important role when it comes to making it in life I was raised by the saying The best way to help yourself is through helping others As a young child I did not really understand what this meant As I grew older the meaning became clearerUp until the time I was nine it was just me and my mom so expenses were never hard When I was about ten years old she got married Since then she has had three children and times have not been easy There have been plenty of times when I have had to sacrifice many of my plans in order to make sure my little sisters are taken care of while my mom is at work to make sure she can provide for us A few years ago I would see this as irrelevant but now I understand that it has helped to make me more responsible By realizing all the things my mom has had to sacrifice I better understand that the world does not revolve around meTo be honest I used to be a very selfish person I felt like I never had to help anybody out because people never took time out of there day to see about my personal or emotional problems During my junior year my best friend formed a group called Peer Leadership She came from a high school in California where they created the group in order to help students see that they had more in common with students in the same grade level as them and to show them that they are not alone The Peer Leaders were responsible for a group and basically had to tell them things that fill up their balloons which are things that add stress or create barriers in their lives We had to be open and get personal but by the Peer Leaders sharing our own personal stories other students were able
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