The philosopher Bertrand Russel said, “No great achievement is possible without persistent work.”
Historian Thomas Carlyle put it similarly when he said, “Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”
And California’s Evelyn Uba, who put herself through law school while raising four children and finally passed the bar exam after 10 failed attempts said, “I cannot give up, because you believed in me. You believed in me, and I did it for you… WHOOOOOO!”
As Good Morning America reports, Evelyn emigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria in the early 1980s with the dream of becoming a lawyer.
But when her father died shortly after she arrived in the States, her plans changed. She put off her dreams of going to college for years, and focused on raising her four children.
While this certainly delayed her dream, she was determined to make sure it didn’t get derailed completely.
“After my last child turned 2, I went to a school that I could afford that was conducive to being a mom, going to work, and making payments,” she told GMA.
Getting into law school was one thing, but passing the bar and officially being certified as a lawyer was another. Evelyn found it difficult to balance the rigorous study required with her duties at home, and failed the test time after time after time.
But she never gave up.
“I took the exam more than ten times,” she told GMA. “I stopped counting after a while but giving up certainly wasn’t in my dictionary.”
Perseverance was. As was persistence, determination, success and – as her daughter’s tweet below so beautifully reveals – celebration.
my mom finished law school in 2011 and has been studying for the california BAR exam while raising 4 kids & working full time for the past 10 years. today? SHE PASSED THE BAR!!!!! ????????????
THAT’S ESQUIRE NOW! pic.twitter.com/GHj8SiqkOP
— naeche (@srrytothisman) January 9, 2021