Determination 101

Vince Lombardi said “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.”

We all have goals that we want to achieve. Whether it’s losing 10 pounds or writing a novel, these accomplishments add value and purpose to life. It’s one thing to state those goals and revel in the possibilities of reaching them. However, it’s quite another to actually take the necessary steps towards reaching those goals.

One of the factors that separate those who wish and those who do is determination.

What is Determination?

A determined spirit is the ability to endure despite challenges and stop at nothing to reach personal goals. It’s fueled by passion and a personal sense of responsibility to accomplish something good.

Determined People in History

J.K. Rowland

Famously known for the best-selling Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowland seems to have it all. Successful books, movies, and a newly established amusement park dedicated to her character! What more could a person ask for?
While J.K. Rowling is sitting high now, she battled debilitating circumstances that could have broken her spirit. She faced homelessness, divorce, and depression all while trying her raise her children.

What led her to achieve this insurmountable success? Determination. She was determined to overcome these challenges and write her dream novel to change her circumstances.

Oprah Winfrey

This billion-dollar mogul was once told she was “unfit for television news.” She was fired from her reporting job and left with nothing. Did that stop her from pursuing her dreams? We all know it didn’t.

She hosted one of the most successful talk shows of our century and now holds the title as one of the only female billionaires. Without her determined spirit, who knows where she would be.

Major tenants of determination

Determination is grounded in major tenants that encompass this characteristic. Including:


“When someone tells me “no,” it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.” ― Karen E. Quinones Miller. A persistent attitude is necessary for reaching success. If you leave one door closed, you’re missing out on valuable opportunities. Because of this, persistence is necessary.

“He that can have patience can have what he will.” ― Benjamin Franklin. Good things don’t happen overnight. Because of this, developing a patient attitude is necessary. This will help you to stay focused and not get bogged down with results.


Positive Thinking
“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go if you really want to go.” ― Langston Hughes. If you want to achieve a goal, you have to understand how to overcome challenges with a positive attitude. This requires innovative thinking and a positive attitude.

“People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. When you change for the better, the people around you will be inspired to change also…. but only after doing their best to make you stop. Live your truth and don’t EVER stop.” ― Steve Maraboli. Determined people don’t let the opinions of others stop them. Rather, they keep going even when they’re their only cheerleader.

Why is determination important?

Determination is what separates the dreamers from those who take action. It is the motivating force behind reaching success. If you have a goal, stop at nothing to achieve it. Don’t allow distractions or challenges to knock you off your course. Rather, keep going and you will soon reap the benefits of your efforts.

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