Determination with persistence produces the desired result


Actually, it’s a true life story of an engineer in New York John Roebling. This engineer was inspired by an idea in 1883 to build a spectacular bridge that will connect New York and long Island. This radical idea of Roebling was never done before, deep inside him, he was determined to see it come to pass.

After long discussions and persuasions, the only person he was able to convince was his son, Washington, an upcoming engineer too and also believes that the bridge could be built.

Son and father soon started working together developing the concept of how the bridge will be and the obstacles they could overcome. With excitement, determination, and the challenges ahead, they hire workers and began to build their dream bridge.

The project started well and a few months into the project, a tragic accident happened that took the life of John Roebling. Washington was severely injured and was left with brain damage which made him unable to work or talk.

People around said so many things like we told them this project cannot be done. Many negative comments followed and people advised the project to be stopped since the Roebling’s, where the once with the dream.

But in spite of his disability, Washington was determined to complete the project. He tried to pass the message to his friend but were not ready to do it.

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In his hospital bed, an idea came up he was only able to move one finger. He develops a code of communication with his wife by moving his finger. He taps his wife arm indicating what his wife will tell the engineer. The project that stops and seems no hope was under way again.


For the next 13 years, Washington tapped out instruction with his finger via his wife’s arm until the bridge was completed. Today, the Brooklyn Bridge stands as a result of the determination and persistence of one person-Washington.

It is also a tribute to the engineers and their teamwork, and to their faith in a man who was considered mad by half the world. It stands too as a tangible monument to the love and devotion of his wife who for 13 long years patiently decoded the messages of her husband and told the engineers what to do.


Having a dream is something, putting that dream into action is quite another. I’ve seen many people die with their dreams. Simply because they lack the determination and were not persistent in following their dreams.

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Some gave up their dreams because people around them (like friends and family) say it cannot be done, some thought their dreams might be accomplished within 24 hours and when they notice it will not be possible, they give up. Others gave up because of the setback they had when they started to put that dream into action.

A little research I have done about people who turn their dreams into gold and the world is enjoying today reveal that they had some challenging problems and the only way they made their dream come through is to overcome the challenge. They did and they succeed. Henry Ford says it all, “Obstacles are those frightful things you can see when you take your eyes off your goal.”

Life is full of challenges and only those who are determined will succeed. Everyone is born to contribute his quarter before he/she calls it a day here on earth. Always remember, “Anything in life worth having is worth working for.” – Andrew Carnegie.

“Always remember, your dreams no matter how good it is, will not become real if you don’t act. Go all out and never give up. You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

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