The Buck Stops Here {A Lesson on Responsibility and Perseverance}

by Laura Gurley on October 31, 2011

The following is another simple character education lesson on taking responsibility, perseverance, and success {for middle school and high school students}.

 ”Stop pointing fingers and blaming others because you ain’t where you wanna be in life. . . Cowards do that, and that  ain’t you… you’re better than that!”

1. Show the following 2 minute video from the film Rocky.  The scene involves Rocky speaking to his son about his son’s tendency to blame others and give up too easily . . .

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2. Discuss the clip with your class. You may want them to write down their favorite quote/idea from the clip, as a starter. You could also ask questions like the following:

* Do you see people blaming others for their own mistakes? In what ways?

* In what areas do you play the “blame-game”?

* Do you agree or disagree with this statement: “A person’s success in life is in their hands completely.”

* What is your definition of a coward? How can you choose to not become one?

“Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you’re hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward.”

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