THE POWER OF PERSISTENCE AND DETERMINATION

The following article is true to the saying that “sitting still and wishing makes no person great, the existence provides the fishing but you must dig the bait.”

This powerful story would educate what determination and persistence  is all about and even more reminds us that at no circumstance should we quit our efforts. If there is one way of doing it, do it.

"The Brooklyn Bridge"
Today the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge stands in all its glory as a tribute to the triumph of one man's indomitable spirit and his determination not to be defeated by circumstances.

I was recently doing some researches when I came across a man named John Augustus Roebling. His story was really fascinating and overwhelming, which I’d like to share with you. It touched and inspired me. I hope it does the same for you as well. Read on……
In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a spectacular bridge connecting New York with the Long Island. However bridge building experts throughout the world thought that this was an impossible feat and told Roebling to forget the idea. It just could not be done. It was not practical. It had never been done before.

Roebling could not ignore the vision he had in his mind of this bridge. He thought about it all the time and he knew deep in his heart that it could be done. He just had to share the dream with someone else. After much discussion and persuasion he managed to convince his son Washington, an up and coming engineer, that the bridge in fact could be built.

Working together for the first time, the father and son developed concepts of how it could be accomplished and how the obstacles could be overcome. With great excitement and inspiration, and the headiness of a wild challenge before them, they hired their crew and began to build their dream bridge.

The project started well, but when it was only a few months underway a tragic accident on the site took the life of John Roebling. Washington was injured and left with a certain amount of brain damage, which resulted in him not being able to walk or talk or even move.

“We told them so.”
“Crazy men and their crazy dreams.”
“It’s foolish to chase wild visions.”

Everyone had a negative comment to make and felt that the project should be scrapped since the Roeblings were the only ones who knew how the bridge could be built. In spite of his handicap Washington was never discouraged and still had a burning desire to complete the bridge and his mind was still as sharp as ever.

He tried to inspire and pass on his enthusiasm to some of his friends, but they were too daunted by the task. As he lay on his bed in his hospital room, with the sunlight streaming through the windows, a gentle breeze blew the flimsy white curtains apart and he was able to see the sky and the tops of the trees outside for just a moment.

It seemed that there was a message for him not to give up. Suddenly an idea hit him. All he could do was move one finger and he decided to make the best use of it. By moving this, he slowly developed a code of communication with his wife.

He touched his wife’s arm with that finger, indicating to her that he wanted her to call the engineers again. Then he used the same method of tapping her arm to tell the engineers what to do. It seemed foolish but the project was under way again.

For 13 years Washington tapped out his instructions with his finger on his wife’s arm, until the bridge was finally completed. Today the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge stands in all its glory as a tribute to the triumph of one man’s indomitable spirit and his determination not to be defeated by circumstances. It is also a tribute to the engineers and their team work, and to their faith in a man who was considered mad by half the world. It stands too as a tangible monument to the love and devotion of his wife who for 13 long years patiently decoded the messages of her husband and told the engineers what to do.

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

The Brooklyn Bridge shows us that dreams that seem impossible can be realized with determination and persistence, no matter what the odds are.
Even the most distant dream can be realized with determination and persistence. Never-say-die attitude………. It’s all in the mind.

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DISCOVERING YOUR TALENT

The Born Winner
“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.”

“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.”

Talent is inborn. It is a powerful gift that raises you far above your peers. Talent is a priceless asset that lasts for a lifetime. It cannot be taken away from you. Discovering your talents involves looking deep inside of you and recognizing the areas you are good at. You just have to discover yourself. ‘A moment of instinct worth a lifetime of experience,’ they say.
Talent often comes naturally, for in most cases, people are born with it. Be it the gift of creative writing, singing, dancing, modeling, playing, drums, oratory, knitting, designing, painting, baking, acting or what have you. Make the best use of it, because it is a rare privilege not so many people would enjoy.
Always remember that you are the boss of your life, because your life is what you make of it. And don’t forget that nothing happens until something moves. Discover yourself, believe and achieve! The world is your oyster.

HOW DEARLY IS TIME TO YOU?

“Time flies, when it does, it is difficult to catch up with it.”
Time is Flying
“Time is precious to the man who wants to succeed. “

A minute wasted is an hour rejected; the same way a minute lost is never regained. Time is money that is more easily spent than saved. A person who misuses his time will regret at the end. One should always use time in the most profitable and productive way in order to achieve success. We should always try to use our time wisely in order to get the best result.

Time is precious to the man who wants to succeed. We should learn how to do the right thing at the right time. Some students are fond of whiling away their time early in the term, but when examinations are around the corner, they start cramming and rushing over things. Some will go to the extent of using brain pills and stimulants which would keep them awake all night.
There was a girl whose school fees were paid and every necessary thing was made available for her. But what did the parents get in return? She turned a deaf ear to their entreaties. The day of reckoning came; the promotion exam was difficult for her. She couldn’t scale through. So she stayed in the same class for two years. In spite all this, she still maintained a nonchalant attitude and ultimately fell out of school. This young girl still didn’t learn her lessons. She went on to worse things and joined a gang of robbers.
It was when she was caught, arrested and sentenced to death that she eventually came to her senses. “If I had known I would have used my time most beneficially during my school days. My parents, at least were prepared to foot my bill,” she lamented. That was how she ended as a never-do-well school girl who misused her time and opportunity.
We should all take care to spend our time and opportunity. ‘Tempus fugit, memento mori,’ it simply means time is fleeting.



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DELUSIVE PURSUIT OF PERFECTION

“The true perfection of man lies not in what a man has, but in what he is.”    Oscar Wilde
                                                                                       
DELUSIVE PURSUIT OF PERFECTION
“No man is perfect, except Jesus”

Is anyone really perfect? We go about life and our activities trying to be the best that we can. Sometimes, trying too hard makes us lose focus on the things that matter most. One thing we should know is that nobody is perfect; we are all just working towards perfection, but until we get the understanding of who we really are, we would not be able to achieve much, let alone attaining our desires or goals in life.

Do you know who you are? Do you know what makes you tick? You need to work on yourself to be better appreciated by the people around you. Know your confines, standards and the things you hold dear that can make you a better person.
People go about life with the view to finding everything right with an individual. They fail to realize that no human being is perfect. Why don’t we forget about looking out for faults in people and build ourselves mentally, spiritually and in other ramifications? It would amaze us how fast we will be located by thegood things life has to offer. Stop looking for perfection, because you won’t find it. Seize the day, make good use of every opportunity that comes your way and success will come knocking at your door.