Monday, August 8, 2011
COMMITTED AND DETERMINED
Committed is defined in the dictionary as pledge to a particular cause, engaged and obligated. Determined however is defined as been resolute or staunch.
Committed and determined together means resolute or staunch pledge to a particular cause, which I will like to explain using this true life story;
Once there was a skinny, awkward kid from New Jersey named Eugene Orowitz. He was painfully shy and very self-conscious. Although Eugene greatly lacked self-confidence, when a high school coach half-jokingly asked him to try out for the track team, Eugene took him up on it.
“Ugy,” as his friends affectionately called him, fell in love with javelin throwing and committed himself to being the best that he could possibly be. What Ugy lacked in self-confidence, he made up for in commitment.
By the time he graduated high school, Eugene had achieved a national High School record (for throwing the javelin 211 yards). His commitment to being the best also bought him a college track scholarship in sunny California!
A torn shoulder muscle ended his javelin-throwing career and any hope of making the Olympic team. However, while watching a play, Ugy fell in love with acting. So, again, he committed himself to being the best he could be. He was determined to make it in the ridiculously over-crowded acting field, so he enrolled in acting class.
Eugene Orowitz, better known as Michael Landon, went on to star in three of the most popular shows in television history: Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, and Highway to Heaven and died 1991.
How many challenges have you had since you were born into this world? Did any of the experiences or challenges change your course or direction? Nothing should stop you, your dreams. Daily when you wake up you have just been provided with the opportunity to start from the start something you couldn’t conclude evening or day before. Begin again and or continue whatever, wherever you stopped or paused.
Determine and be committed today. Lastly in Burt Lawlor’s words; Decision and determination are the engineer and fireman of our train to opportunity and success