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An Infographic To Inspire You To Persevere


If you’re a student in an online degree program who is managing work and family responsibilities, in addition to your educational pursuits, you know how difficult it is to stay the course.

Saint-Leo-Univeristy-OnlineHistory is replete with examples of people who persevered despite challenges and setbacks and succeeded. Undoubtedly, you’ve heard many of them.

Beethoven composed his most important works, such as the epic Symphony No. 9 including the “Ode to Joy” movement, during the last decade of his life, when he was deaf.

J.K. Rowling was a penniless, single mom when she wrote the first Harry Potter book on an old manual typewriter.

Walt Disney’s first animation company went bankrupt.

Colonel Sanders, a sixth-grade dropout, didn’t even start his entrepreneurial venture until he was 65.

You may think that earning a college degree can’t be compared to writing the most beautiful music in the world, or founding an international franchise business.

But it can.

The common thread is that the most important things in life – the things that matter most – are hard. They require perseverance: the ability to hold on and stay the course when it’s most challenging to do so, and to get back up after a set-back or failure.

Learning is hard.

Technology, when you’re unfamiliar with it, can be intimidating.

Finding time to finish a discussion post or study for a final exam when you have business trips scheduled, your child’s championship soccer matches to attend, or an aging parent to take to medical appointments is stressful.

It all requires perseverance.

For the times when you can use a bit of inspiration to keep going in your online degree program in spite of obstacles, the infographic below offers some classic, and some less commonplace, thoughts.

Remember, if you shy away from things that are difficult or uncomfortable, you’ll miss out on achieving something meaningful and admirable.

A college degree.


What keeps you motivated to complete your online degree program?

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Infographic by Creative Influence

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Two of my biggest motivations to stay the course to get my first degree are my grandtwins, Zaniah & Zekiyah. Right now, they are juniors in high school and are doing well grade-wise. Me, it's been a big challenge, to say the least. Last week, besides celebrating my 56th birthday on Tuesday, 8/5, I got a phone call letting me know that I had death in my family. I had to drop my plans for my birthday, and everything else, and go to Virgina where everything was taking place. I let my professor know what was going on and he told me to let him know when I returned and that if I needed an extention (to get my work done), to let him know.It's been difficult for me to get everything done and hold down a full-time job but I promised myself that, no matter how hard it got, I wouldn't give up (no matter how much I wanted to do just that). But I won't do it because I'm setting an example to my grandtwins, and the rest of my grandchildren, that you shouldn't give up because you may hit some bumps in the road. So, with that said, I've got last week's module and this week's module to work on.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:10 PM by Linda Cherilus
We are sorry for your loss, Linda. Working full-time and going to school is tough, but your perseverance is inspiring -- both to your family, and to all of us in the Saint Leo community! What a gift you are giving your grandchildren!
Posted @ Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:21 PM by Mary Beth Erskine
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