Essay by BGOODING April 2004

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This essay is about determination. My purpose in writing is to inspire you to be a person of determination....

Determination is defined as

a: the act of deciding definitely and firmly; the result of such an act of decision

or the definition I like even better:

b : the power or habit of deciding definitely and firmly

The POWER of deciding definitely and firmly. So then we can say that Determination is Power....the power to overcome the obstacles in your path...the power to complete the task...vanquish the foe....finish the job....reach the mountaintop....whatever the task before you may be.

That definition also said that determination was a to exercise the POWER of determination, we need to make determination a habit...

Think of some people in history that we would describe as persons of determination...habitually determined people..

Sir Edmond Hilary reached the peak of Mt Everest on his 2nd try...not his first.

Thomas Edison failed over 1000 times before producing a viable light bulb..

Christopher Columbus spent YEARS trying to find a financial backer for his voyage to the western hemisphere...

After surrendering the Philippines, General McArthur spent two and a half years battling the Japanese before he could come back to the Philippines, wade ashore, and proudly declare, "People of the Philippines, I have returned."

Richard Nixon ran for the White House twice before he won...

Bill Clinton lost a race for the U.S. House, and then won a race for Arkansas state attorney general. He won the governor's race, then lost the re-election bid, but he was re-elected governor, and stayed there until he was elected to the presidency....quite a yo yo political career...but he had the last laugh....and he certainly had determination.

Think of Lance Armstrong, one of the most successful cyclists in history, determining to overcome a...