On Determination

“You can do anything you set your mind to.”

– Benjamin Franklin

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Life is hard – you face challenges mentally and emotionally all the time.

It knocks you down in many ways, personally or professionally.

How do you overcome all these?

I’ve seen so many “smart” people give up on dreams, while people with not-so-impressive backgrounds achieve mega success.

What’s the difference?

There are many factors to it, but one essential part is determination.

Today we’re going to talk about the power of determination and how you can master it.

The Anatomy of Determination

Determination is an insatiable desire desire to achieve your goals.

The stronger the determination, the more obstacles you can overcome.

Determination has three elements: goal, desire, and commitment. Goal is your ultimate target. Desire makes you want to hit the target. And commitment urges you to work on it relentlessly.

If you have all three, whether joining a professional sports club or going to the Moon, your chance of success will skyrocket.

This is why people who achieved their dreams have strong determination.

How to Get Determined

Determination starts with a desire.

So first you should make sure you want your goal so badly that you cannot live without it.

“Desire is a contract that you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.”

Naval Ravikant

Are you thinking about the goal 24/7?

Are you imperturbable when your family and friends and colleagues tell you that you cannot achieve, 12 times? (JK Rowling got rejected by a dozen publishing houses before releasing the Harry Potter series.)

Unless your answer is Yes, don’t move forward.

After you have a strong desire, quickly plan how to hit the target. The plan should be realistic yet ambitious.

Elon Musk didn’t start SpaceX to make rockets on his own. At first, it was small gatherings to accelerate space travels. Then he continuously iterated his plans based on new learnings.

Plan is just a plan – it gets you started but doesn’t guarantee results.

What you need, like we already talked, is commitment.

Commit your time every day – short or long – to hit your target. Here, your action is what matters, not procrastination.

Do it until you hit the goal – whether that’s training, hiring, writing, speaking, acting, or cooking. Because you want it so bad, you shouldn’t feel pain (or you feel pain, but you can overcome it)


“I don’t have a desire to do anything.”

Well, lucky you! That means you have total freedom to pick what to work on.

Drawing art on a blank canvas is one of the most magical things in life.

First, you don’t have to be determined – life is long. Keep looking for what interests you.

Second, don’t start with life-time commitment first, explore your passion without any pressure.

Angela Duckworth, the author of Grit, wrote, “It was this combination of passion and perseverance that made high achievers special. In a word, they had grit.” [1]

Before the desire, you need a passion that makes you want more.

Once you’re so passionate about a thing, it won’t be too long before realizing you’re desired to achieve a certain goal.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Grit-Passion-Perseverance-Angela-Duckworth/dp/1501111116/

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