I love stories about people who didn’t give up. Miles Levin is such a story. Stories of perseverance help to motivate us in all aspects of our life, including our financial lives. But how do we teach perseverance to our kids? That was my challenge this weekend when my son was trying to solve a difficult math problem.
Using the numbers 1 through 9 in order, construct a math problem that equals 100.
Simple enough, right? If you can add, subtract, multiply and divide, you can solve this problem. When the answer didn’t come easily to him, he wanted to give up. But through encouragement (ok, and some threats, too), he worked through the problem and solved it. I told him that life is a series of problems, just like this one. And at each step in life, you have a choice–give up or keep trying. And we answer that question every day, whether we realize it or not.
So can you solve the math problem? Leave a comment if you think you’ve got the answer. Oh, and here’s a hint: You can use parentheses to change the order of operation.