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Monday, April 20, 2015

What is Determination?

If we need to answer this in literal sense Determination means "The quality of being determined". And Determined means "having made a firm decision and being resolved not to change it".

No wise man will disagree that one should be determined to achieve success. In fact we have so many famous quotes enforcing the same:

"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough." - Og Mandino

"What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it." - Alexander Graham Bell

"Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power." - Charles Simmons
But this makes me wonder what if the person is going in wrong direction? What if he is determined, strong will powered and focused but his aim will be negative for him or worse for humanity? Are these quotes still valid? Perhaps yes, as there have been many great wars in history by negative but great people.

"Determination becomes obsession and then it becomes all that matters." - Jeremy Irvine

Another point to think is that when some people realize that already too much negative has been done and their self-conscience warns them, they tend not to listen. They don't want to retreat as they have already come so far and in the pretext of determination keep pushing themselves further and further until it's too late.

And worse are the influencers who conveniently use these quotes to mislead people as the quotes don't speak of direction. And, as always, the difference lies in individual's hands. He should decide what's right and wrong. He should decide when determination should be left and paths be changed. It takes more courage and will power to challenge ones own decision and redirect ones own path. He should decide whether to be the Great Ashoka, who after realizing the destruction done after his conquest of Kalinga changed his path to spread peace through Buddhism, or to be Hitler, whose actions led to World War II.

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