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  1. Tinogreat

    Tinogreat Member

    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 also injured and left with a certain amount of brain damage, which resulted in him not being able to talk or walk.

    “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.

    Perhaps this is one of the best examples of a never-say-die attitude that overcomes a terrible physical handicap and achieves an impossible goal.

    Often when we face obstacles in our day-to-day life, our hurdles seem very small in comparison to what many others have to face. The Brooklyn Bridge shows us that dreams that seem impossible can be realized with determination and persistence, no matter what the odds.
    It's all about '' DETERMINATION''
    Don't ever let somebody discourage you
    Be yourself and and do your best.

    Much loves
  2. Warren1967

    Warren1967 Well-Known Member

    Agreed. If you are determined and keep on trying, you will get there eventually. It's hard but that is part of the process. The question is whether or not you will let them beat you. Don't let them. Follow your heart and let your mind find the way.
  3. BhingAngeles

    BhingAngeles New Member

    Determination? One looks at one's self in the mirror and asks herself this question, "How determined am I?" At this point, I can almost feel the tears flowing as I try to hold them back. How determined can one be when one is drowning in financial woes and then suddenly you find yourself having to brave the sudden stroke of your sister?

    How can you measure determination when you know you did not sign up to be there 14hours a day to feed her, bathe her, clothe her, wipe the vomit, give the water bottle every 20 minutes?

    Determination, it's that silent, unwavering strength to go on when taking another step is just too hard to do. It is a love unspoken.
  4. Warren1967

    Warren1967 Well-Known Member

    Only those who give up fail. Determination and focus is the key to achieving your dreams. It's one thing to have a dream but the question is if you are determined to make that dream come true. It's not going to be easy and there will be times where you will be brought down to your knees. However, if you are determined to rise above it and keep on going, things will happen.
  5. Sabrina92

    Sabrina92 New Member

    To determine means to stick on your goals till you get them. So determination is key to success in slow pace. I have read lives of many personalities how they were determined for their work and how did they get result in their lives. I give you solid examples of every prophet's life, how they were determined in their missions. How they preached religion to their followers. Even they faced hardships, obstacles and more trials in their arduous circumstances. I have been through many experiences in my life with sticking on my goals and I got most of the goals on being determined.
    I advise you all, don't rely on opportunities just, be determined and accept positive results in future.

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