Determination (Essay)

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This is an essay that I wrote and submitted to an essay contest. The Contest was called the Laws Of Life Essay Contest and I placed in the top five. Check it out!

Determination: the ability to strive for something no matter how difficult it may be to achieve. Determination is among the most important traits a person can bear. With determination comes strong will, optimism and a good set of priorities. When people are determined, they have the drive to work through difficult times, reaching for their goals and pushing themselves to do their very best. Determination is a very powerful characteristic, one that truly impacts your life.

Dreams and goals are accomplished when you have the determination to aim for them, working your hardest to do your best. You cannot reach your full potential unless you have the will to do your very best at all times and to work past the many difficulties that will arise along life’s path. Being determined gives you the strength to push yourself. Even when you don’t want to, just knowing you should will give you that extra bump in the right direction.

All great achievers in life have made it where they are today due to their hard work, commitment and determination. You cannot simply wake up in the morning and accomplish life’s most rigorous task, but you can wake up and decide to work at it. Everything is a work in progress at some point, and with the strength of determination it becomes an achievement in time.

Priorities are a necessity for a determined person, knowing the rank of importance in everything you’re doing. Prioritizing your life helps you keep your goals in check and likewise makes them easier to accomplish. For example; Michael Jordan was told by his high school basketball coach that he wasn’t good enough and would never make the team. He didn’t take it lightly, and he didn’t let it get him down. He worked harder than ever! Every night when he got home from school he’d go outside and take shots on the net, not just a few, or ten or twenty, only after sinking one thousand successful shots would Michael be satisfied enough to go back inside. He did this every single night. He was committed to becoming the best he possibly could be, and it worked! In 1981, Michael received a basketball scholarship, and, in 1984, he entered the NBA Draft where he was then selected by the Chicago Bulls as their third pick. His determination drove him to achieve ultimate successes in life, with the help of a good set of priorities to overcome and conquer the rejection he faced when his coach told him he wasn’t good enough, he succeeded over all.

A determined person is generally optimistic as well, which is also a good trait to have. Being able to look past the shadow, to see the light so that you can get to where you want to be, is a very incredible skill. Someone who lacks determination wouldn’t have the mind-set to look for the bright side in things and would settle for whatever he or she got. Optimism plays a big role in improving, in allowing yourself to know you can do better and actually doing it which is key in being determined.

Determination is something that makes your life successful. Without it you do not have the drive to achieve great things or better yourself. Your life is yours to control and to create whatever your heart desires, and determination will help you in doing so! By being determined, you are opening the door for a better tomorrow, future achievements and overall happiness in your life.

Submitted: May 25, 2010

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flowing river

This is the type of essay i want to read! I like it... I'm inspired.. I hope after this moment, I can change my life and strive for more...

Tue, November 2nd, 2010 3:17am


Thank you, I haven't been on Booksie in a while, so I appologise about the extremely delayed response!

I am so happy to hear that it was inspiring for you!

Mon, May 30th, 2011 10:09am


Whoah. This is really good. I bet u got a really good grade on this.

Wed, March 9th, 2011 7:36pm


Thank you, and it was for the Laws of Life essay contest. I placed first in my devision.

Mon, May 30th, 2011 10:09am

Crosby Allison

You stay on topic very well, which may be the hardest part about essay-writin', so kudos!

Sat, January 7th, 2012 10:38am


Thank you, very much!

Wed, January 11th, 2012 4:26pm

shashank saxena

thanks for the lovely is the best essay written on this topic.its really good.

Fri, May 4th, 2012 6:47am


Many thanks,

Mon, July 23rd, 2012 1:42pm


Oh my god!
This is such an awesome essay :D
I put it on my school board and YES with your name on the credits.
Please continue writing such wonderful essays and keep inspiring people! :)

Wed, July 25th, 2012 3:54pm


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Fri, May 24th, 2013 12:11pm


Waaoo... This is awesome !!!! :D
It has every need point n just incredible !! ur awesome !! :D

Thu, May 30th, 2013 10:44am

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Mon, December 7th, 2015 3:30pm

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Raymond Crane

'Just knowing you should,' - this is I believe one of the strongest lines in this essay. Most people these days don't do things because they should - they do things because they can. By doing what you should I believe this will aid your determination 100%. People who only do what they can and don't think of the reasons, usually produce rubbish, and although much rubbish gets high praise this alone will not provide a strong determination. If you however think through why you should do something then I am sure you will increase your will power and actually achieve a much more useful result. Thanx - Raymond Crane.

Sat, May 12th, 2018 7:35am

Raymond Crane

'knowing you should do something' - this I believe is the most significant line in the essay. Most people these days don't do things because they should but only because they can. If they thought through the reasons why they want to do something then they would automatically be more highly motivated and determined. People often do things because they will receive praise, but they end up producing highly praised rubbish. If they had only thought then they would produce something worthwhile and useful, like this essay. Thanx - Raymond Crane.

Sat, May 12th, 2018 7:49am

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