Friday 7th July 2017
The power or the ability to decide for oneself without any influence from other people.
Self-determination is being able to sense freedom to do what we find is interesting and enjoyable. After all, so far our life has been one big learning curve. We know that to succeed at anything we do, we will have failures on the way and from an early age people have told us that for every NO we will get closer to a YES. Every time an experiment doesn’t work, so long as we are determined to succeed at whatever it is, we WILL get there in the end. (Thomas Alva Edison experimented with thousands of different filaments to find just the right materials to glow well and be long lasting. In 1879, Edison discovered that a carbon filament in an oxygen-free bulb glowed and didn’t burn out for 40 hours).
Edison is just one person we all know of who had that immense self-determination to succeed. Barnes Wallace was another person who had a single purpose when he designed the bouncing-bomb. After very many failures he finally developed the [Highball spherical bouncing bomb] which was so destructive. The original idea came from Lord Nelson when apparently, found that under certain conditions he could bounce the cannon ball over the sea to hit the enemy. It was reported that Nelson used this technique at the Battle of the Nile.
These are two examples of self-determination. What areas in your life can you show self-determination like this? If you find difficulty in relating to these examples then you need to seriously think about what you’re doing with your life. Being determined to finish off what you started is one of the most fundamental and important steps you need to understand when you’re gathering knowledge. To succeed, you need to understand how to develop your work-life balance.