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Contribution to Book
Persistence
Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification
  • Dianne M Tice
  • Harry M. Wallace, Trinity University
  • Andrew C Harter
Document Type
Contribution to Book
Publication Date
1-1-2004
Abstract

Rockefeller’s story exemplifies persistence, an important human strength. He refused to quit when faced with disappointment and discouragement. He believed in himself when others did not, and his determination and positive mind-set allowed him to accomplish great things. Of course, perseverance does not guarantee success, but success is often unattainable without it. To achieve meaningful accomplishments, one must withstand setbacks. There are times when quitting is more prudent than persisting, but more often, it is the person who perseveres who is rewarded. In this chapter, we review psychological research on the predictors and consequences of human persistence.

Editor
Christopher Peterson, Martin E. P. Seligman
Publisher
American Psychological Association
ISBN
9780195167016
Citation Information
Tice, D. M., Wallace, H. M., & Harter, A. C. (2004). Persistence. In C. Peterson & M. E. P. Seligman (Eds.), Character strengths and virtues: A handbook and classification (pp. 229-247). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.