Katniss gives us a lesson in never giving up. Although she is a pawn in the Capitol's sick game, she is never passive. After all, she even volunteered as tribute after her sister was chosen, knowing that she had a good chance of dying in the arena. Before the games, Peeta tells Katniss "If I'm gonna die, I want to still be me." Her response, "I can't afford to think like that."
In the games, Katniss continues to take control of her destiny. Instead of running from the cornucopia as she was told to do, she takes the risk of going in to get a backpack of supplies. And when the game makers change the rules in a way that means either she or Peeta must die, she comes up with a way to defy them. If we can learn anything from Katniss, it's that you should never defeat yourself. Don't take the first no as a final answer. You have to believe in yourself. If you don't, who will?