Chris Gardner from “The Pursuit of Happyness” stated: “You got a dream, you gotta protect it… If you want something, go get it. Period.” This is basically the definition of perseverance: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. Goosebumps on the skin when you encounter movie characters in real life.
After outstanding defense and graduation with Masters degree, Joseph McDonell is accepting his long-awaited challenge!
“There were times it was negative 50 degrees outside, and my gloves were frozen to my hands,” he says. “And if I can do that, I think I can do this. It’s stressful at times thinking about how I’m going to sort out all these variables—what time is class going to end so I can pick up Eli on time from school and stuff—but I think just falling back on those past situations helps me understand that I can do more.”
We are proud of you, Joe! Wishing you the very best of luck!