In this session, participants will explore the value of perseverance as a character trait.


  • Character


By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the value of perseverance as an essential characteristic for success.


  • A Dull Boy’s Story activity sheet—make a copy for each participant


Text in italics should be read aloud to participants. As you engage your post in activities each week, please include comments, discussions, and feedback to the group relating to Character, Leadership, and Ethics. These are important attributes that make a difference in the success of youth in the workplace and in life.

Activity 1

A Dull Boy’s Story

Pass out copies of A Dull Boy’s Story to participants and have them read it. After they finish reading the essay, use the reflection questions below to make the point that perseverance is an essential part of success in life and in acquiring good habits.


Some sample questions are below. They are designed to help the participants apply what they have learned to their own interests. You are welcome to use these questions or develop your own questions that relate to your post or specific focus area.


Focusing Questions

  • Besides what is in the story, what else do you know about Thomas Edison?
  • What characteristics or habits besides perseverance did young Tom possess?

Analysis Questions

  • Edison’s inventions made him rich quite early in life. Why do you think he kept inventing new things?
  • What are some small ways that you can practice the big habit of perseverance?
  • How is persistence a trait of an effective leader?
  • How might you use this in your potential career?

Generalization Questions

  • How might you use this in life or in college?
  • Why is this important?
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