The Power of Determination

Gautama Buddha once asked one of his able disciples,
‘What is stronger than a rock?’
The disciple replied, ‘Iron is stronger than a rock as it can break it into pieces.’
‘And what is stronger than iron?’
‘Fire is stronger than iron as it can melt it,’ came the answer.
‘Is there anything more powerful than fire?’
‘Water , as it can extinguish fire,’ was the reply.
‘What is stronger than water?’ the Buddha asked further.
‘Wind, as it can change the direction of the flow of water.’
‘What is stronger than the wind?’
Now the disciple was caught in a fix. Then the Buddha smiled and said, ‘Stronger than all these things is single minded determination. A person with strong determination can have everything under his control.’

It is said that determination and discipline can be learnt from ants. They are, perhaps, the most determined, hard-working and orderly creatures living on his earth. Man would do well to emulate them.In every human mind is a great slumbering power than can be awakened only by a strong desire and the power the determination.

Quote: “Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it get there.”Josh Billings


About John Parankimalil

John Parankimalil, SDB, M.A. (English), M.Ed, Ph.D (Education), popularly known as P.D. Johny is a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He is presently the Rector and Principal of Don Bosco College, Tura, Meghalaya and Director of Don Bosco College of Teacher Education, Tura. He received the 1st Computer Literacy Excellence Award from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the President of India in August 2002 and the Guruvar Best Teacher Award from Shri Kapil Sibal, HRD Union Minister in 2009. He was formerly Principal of St Anthony's Higher Secondary School, Shillong and National President of All India Association of Catholic Schools (AINACS), New Delhi and the Charter President of Rotary Club of Orchid City, Shillong. He has authored several books. He is an Eduationist, Story-Teller and Leadership Trainer. He conducts seminars for Principals, Teachers, Students and Parents. His popular books include, He Can Who Thinks He Can (Macmillan), An Elocution Manual (Orient Longman), Progressive Parenting (Unicorn), Inspirational Stories for Purposeful Living (Babhani) The Way to Success and Happiness (Savio), How to Win Over Your Problems (Babhani), The Secrets of High Achievers (Babhani).
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One Response to The Power of Determination

  1. Aswathy Jayakumar says:

    definition of teacher and learner

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