I am a firm believer that with enough personal will and tenacity, one can make just about anything happen. The ability to persevere is what distinguishes a strong soul from the weak. John D. Rockfeller once said, “I don’t think there’s any other quality so essential to success of any kind than the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost anything.” One real life example of perseverance which really inspires me is of Charles Goodyear’s discovery of the rubber.

Charles Goodyear purchased a rubber life preserver out of curiosity. He was told that rubber would be of great value if the cold weather didn’t make it hard as stone and heat didn’t turn it into liquid.

He thought to himself, “Hmmm, I think I could find a solution to that”. Well, experiment after experiment failed, and the money he put into research was lost. His last dollar was spent, and his family suffered for the necessities of life. Even his best friends thought he was crazy. Once a man enquired about where he might find Mr Goodyear, and he was told “If you see a man with a rubber cap, a rubber coat, rubber shoes, and a rubber purse with no money in it, that’s Charles Goodyear.”

Yet Goodyear wasn’t crazy. For five years, he battled obstacles and adversities that would have disheartened any man, yet his efforts finally paid off. Out of the obstacles, hardships, and setbacks Charles won, he turned failures into success, defeat into victory. And now, you ride on his work every day-all because of his determination and perseverance.

RAMANDEEP KAUR

FACILITATOR

MRIS 51, GURUGRAM