In this session, participants will discuss the importance of perseverance in achieving goals.


  • Character


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

  • Explain the importance of perseverance as a personal characteristic.


  • Seeking Your Goal activity sheet—make a copy for each participant
  • Pen or pencil 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

20 Questions

Tell Explorers that persistence often pays off in life. A game that illustrates how success comes to those who continue to strive is 20 Questions. In this game, the person who is “It” thinks of something—animal, mineral, or plant—and the others take turns attempting to determine what “It” is thinking of by asking questions that can be answered only with “yes” or “no.” If the person who asks the question gets a “yes” answer, he or she gets to ask another question. If he or she gets a “no” answer, it is the next person’s turn to ask a question.


Select a participant to be “It” and have the group play a round of 20 Questions. Let the Explorers continue asking questions until someone figures out what “It” is thinking of. Then, that person gets to be “It.” Continue through three or four games.


Then lead a discussion:

  • Point out to Explorers that some of the games ended fairly quickly. Others took longer and were more challenging. Note that the games that were harder took persistence and perseverance on their part to be able to figure it out.
  • Ask the Explorers to explain which rounds of the game were the most fun to play and why.
  • When they mention the ones that were more interesting or intellectually challenging, point out that other things in life are similar. Obstacles to goals can be seen as “puzzles” or challenges that we get to figure out how to solve. Instead of seeing these challenges as burdensome, they can be viewed as part of a “game”—something fun, as in the game 20 Questions.

Activity 2

Seeking Your Goal

Give Explorers a copy of the Seeking Your Goal activity sheet and explain that it is a maze that they are to solve. Using a pencil or pen, have Explorers begin at “Start Here” and trace their way to “Goal” at the end of the maze without crossing a line.

Use the questions below to carry out a closing reflection.


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

  • What two activities were you asked to carry out during today’s meeting?

Analysis Questions

  • What is the point about perseverance that was modeled through the 20 Questions game and the Seeking Your Goal maze?
  • What makes the harder questions in the first activity more satisfying?
  • How is perseverance an important characteristic for leaders?
  • How might you use this in your potential career?

Generalization Questions

  • How will this help you in life or in college?
  • Why is this important?
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