When life is difficult and painful, it’s tempting to throw in the towel and just quit trying. However, the sweetest rewards come when we persevere in spite of our obstacles. James has such an inspiring story of not giving up, even when doctors said he would never walk again and should move into a nursing home at age 19.
A bleak diagnosis wasn’t enough to stop James, who is now known as the Professor of Perseverance. Not only did he walk again, he also earned his doctorate after having to drop out of college, and coached basketball even though he had been a football player. We can all learn from his loving approach to mentoring challenging teens.
If you’re in a difficult season and considering giving up, be encouraged by James’ example. James has survived three suicide attempts, so he knows what it’s like to hit rock bottom. He is not a superhuman. He is a regular guy who refuses to quit and is making a tremendous impact on those who see and follow his example.
Dr. James Perdue, Professor of Perseverance, is the author of several books and the host of the Professor of Perseverance Podcast.
On September 11, 1983, James became a quadriplegic, dislocating three vertebrae in his neck, from playing a football game. The doctor said, “James, I’m sorry. You’ll never walk again and you might be paralyzed from your neck down.” Later, the doctor advised his family to place him in a nursing home; he would be too much of a burden for them to take care.
Dr. James Perdue, Professor of Perseverance, worked hard to achieve success as a teacher and coach. He has been awarded Fox 17 Top Teacher of the Week 2005, Teacher of the Year 2002, as well as, Coach of the Year 2006 and 2000. He received the Jo Andrews Award 1995 and the Hal Ramer Award 1991 both for overcoming adversity. He received his doctorate degree, in May 2011, from Tennessee State University.
His demonstration of not giving up and striving through major challenges is apparent. The Professor of Perseverance knows he can help others pass through to the other side of tragedies to triumph and become survivors of difficulties.
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