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ByDr. S. Ignacimuthu   posted on01 Apr, 12 9749 Views 0 Comments Main Feature Add to favorite


“There is no such thing as a great talent without great willpower”
- Honore De Baleau

Determination refers to the quality of being firm, resolute and strong-willed. It enables a person to face peril, disaster and adversity with unflinching courage, firmness, strength of mind and spirit. It helps a person to stand up and fight against the events and circumstances that tend to destroy and cripple and thus helps one to achieve one’s aim in life.

Determination disciplines a person to meet calamity with patience and inner strength. It supplies inner energy and exudes quiet sustaining strength to meet all crises with composure helping us to maintain equilibrium at the time of all crises. Determination is an ingredient of a noble character that endows the individual with the gift to smile in the face of adversity and fills a person with confidence and courage to the trials of life. Determination develops a sense of self-confidence, maturity, and fulfilment. It gives courage and peace.

Parable A sparrow fell in love with a white rose, but the rose said to the bird: “Unless I am turned in to red, I will not be able to love you. “The sparrow, left in deep thoughts, wondered and searched for means to turn the white rose into red. At dawn of the marrow the sparrow was struck with the bright idea of pricking itself with a thorn and letting its blood flow on the rose. Having accomplished its task, when the rose turned red, the sparrow breathed its last after achieving its goal with determination.

Determination can be cultivated through

  • Developing a positive outlook on life
  • Accepting reverses with calmness
  • Making continued, persevering attempts to attain a goal in spite of setbacks
  • Maintaining quality of heart and mind
  • Accepting failures with courage
  • Facing the consequences of unjust punishment
  • Suppressing personal grievances
  • Working for the betterment of others
  • Giving up one’s own interests for the sake of others
  • Disciplining oneself to meet crises.


  • Recall your mind instances where you have acted with determination in your life.
  • Give examples for lack of determination.
  • What are the advantages of this value of determination?
  • Do you know people who have acted with determination?
  • Think of a news item, short story, magazine article, literary piece, skit, street play, folk-song, poem, film, biography, photo, painting, T.V. or radio serial depicting this value.

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