The Brilliance of Determination

By: Esther Seol

Sprinting to Success

Tennessee-born track and field athlete Wilma Rudolph had the most surprising, but rough start. She was born in 1940 premature. She had polio, which meant she couldn't walk or run normally and had to wear a leg brace instead.

Wilma had all the characteristics she need for perseverance. She shows us that if you have the characteristics, you can do whatever you put your mind to.

The first characteristic is determination. Determination is important because when you have a goal, you have to stick to the goal, and you'd do many things to achieve that goal. Another characteristic you need is commitment. If you have a goal, you need to commit to it. It can't be something where you say you want to achieve it, but you put it aside.

The second characteristic is diligence. You need to put in a lot effort and be a hard-working person. The last but not least is dedication. You have to put your mind set to your goal and be zealous.

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."-Albert Einstein

The Genius That Changed The World

Albert Einstein is one of the greatest geniuses in history. Ever since he was little, Einstein had an extraordinary mind and very curious. He didn't speak and read until a later age. His teacher said that he was dumb and was a "foolish dreamer". Later, a medical student came over every Thursdays and gave Einstein science books, which fascinated him and taught himself calculus. But he quit high school later on because he didn't like how the teachers taught. He wanted to to go to college but because he didn't have a high school diploma, he had to take other exams. People bullied him throughout his life, but because of the bullying, he was inspired to do what he loved and continued to study math and science. Because he decided to do what he loved despite the bullying and the hardships, he continued to feed his curiosity and fascination. Because of all the rejection, he decided not to listen to them and worked so hard, he shook the world by changing our knowledge of science.

On Cloud Nine

Amy Purdy is a snowboarder, actress, model, co-founder of and motivational speaker. But even she, had a condition that changed her life. When she had been rushed to the hospital, she had less than 2% chance of surviving. She realized later on, she had been diagnosed with

Meningococcal Meningitis. She had to remove her spleen, amputate her two legs, and removed her kidney, but later on, she received a donated one from her dad. But despite everything she went through, she still became a world-class snowboarder and co-founded a non-profit organization for kids who have physical disabilities that wants to skateboard or snowboard. She kept striving to do what she wanted to do and accomplish her dreams.

Just Keep Swimming

On June 30, 1985, Michael Phelps was born in Maryland. In 1994, his parents divorced, so he lived with his mom and siblings and became a tight-knit family. Later on, he was scared to go into the pool, but right after, he mastered the backstroke. He always dreamt of being a swimming champion. He challenged his disorder, ADHD, and his fear by swimming. He finally was able to control his ADHD. He loved swimming so much and was dedicated to it. He won many olympic medals afterward, and became what he dreamt of, a swimming champion. He never yielded to his dream and kept practicing everyday to become who he is today

Small Boy, Great Determination


In “The Smallest Dragon Boy”, Two boys, Berteli and Keevan, were competing in a competition to see who could Impress the dragons the best. These two boys differ a lot. Berteli was a small boy. Keevan was large. Bertili was very humble, while Keevan was very arrogant and aggressive. Berteli was very modest while Keevan was conceited. In the end, Beterli got what he deserved and was able to Impress the dragons the best. Even though people mocked him, he was still determined to be the best at impressing.

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