The Importance of Persistence
By Maura Baker
Life is full of changes through which you have to persist and not give up. This can be especially true if you have a learning difference. Things such as school and work may not come as easy to you, so you’ll have to work a little harder to finish your work and tasks. There are many situations in which you would need to be persistent, and here are just a few:
If you have a learning difference, you may need to be persistent when it comes to work and school. It may take you longer to learn content and complete assignments, which means you might have to push yourself a little harder to learn.
Another thing you might find yourself needing to be more persistent about is self-advocacy, especially when it comes to accommodations. If you explain to others that you need accommodations to be able to work to your fullest potential, they may not understand you, believe you, or take action at first mention. It’s important to advocate for yourself to make sure you get the help you need to succeed.
Something important to remember about persistence is that sometimes, you need to take a step away from it. Fighting (even if it is for yourself) too often and too hard can leave you burnt out. Make sure to often take steps back to reflect on the situations you are in so as to not overwhelm yourself.
Having a learning difference may mean you have to work a little harder than others to learn certain things, but it is important that you believe in yourself, and persist, even if it seems hard to get where you want to be (in life, career, etc).