Riya Rose
Civil Engineering (2011-15)

A very common quote,yet, no one has fully grasped the meaning of it. This was quoted by the American football coach Vince Lombardi. His never-dying spirit led his team to 3 straight championships. Not just Vince Lombardi but history is filled with such legendary examples. Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela,Napolean Bonaparte being just a few.

The most famous example being that of the Scotland king, Robert the Bruce, who was both brave and wise. The King of England was at war with him, and had led a great army into Scotland to drive him out of the land and to make Scotland a part of England. Battle after battle he had fought with England. Six times Robert the Bruce led his army against his foes. Six times his men had been beaten, until finally they were driven into flight. At last the army of Scotland was entirely scattered, and the king was forced to hide.
One rainy day, Robert the Bruce lay in a cave, listening to the rainfall outside the cave entrance. He was tired and felt sick at heart, ready to give up all hope. It seemed to him that there was no use for him to try to do anything more.
As he lay thinking, he noticed a spider over his head, getting ready to weave her web. He watched her as she worked slowly and with great care. Six times she tried to throw her thread from one edge of the cave wall to another. Six times her thread fell short.
“Poor thing!” said Robert the Bruce. “You, too, know what it’s like to fail six times in a row.”
But the spider did not lose hope. With still more care, she made ready to try for a seventh time. Robert the Bruce almost forgot his own troubles as he watched, fascinated. She swung herself out upon the slender line. Would she fail again? No! The thread was carried safely to the cave wall, and fastened there.
“Yes!” cried Bruce, “I, too, will try a seventh time!”
So he arose and called his men together. He told them of his plans, and sent them out with hopeful messages to cheer the discouraged people. Soon there was an army of brave men around him. A seventh battle was fought, and this time the King of England was forced to retreat back to his own country.
It wasn’t long before England recognized Scotland as an independent country with Robert the Bruce as its rightful king.
And to this very day, the victory and independence of Scotland is traced to a spider who kept trying again and again to spin her web in a cave and inspired the king of Scotland, Robert the Bruce.

Believe you can succeed and you will. Success means winning.When a setback hits us,our first reaction is to become so emotionally upset,like king Robert,that we fail to learn the lesson. This defeat is only a state of mind and nothing more. We can turn setbacks into victories. All we have to do is,find the lesson, apply it and then look back on the defeat and smile.

Engineers are curious creatures. We’re quick to accept full credit for our victories but are equally quick to blame someone else for our failure. This doesn’t mean,that we find another reason to say, ”Hey!I’am a loser”, instead view your mistake as, ”here’s another way to make me a bigger winner”.

Now, if we don’t find anyone to blame, we blame our luck. We say, ”Well,that’s the way the ball bounces’ ‘and let it go. But just stop and think, balls don’t bounce here and there for uncertain reasons. As future engineers,we learn that the bounce of the ball is determined by three things :the ball, the way it is thrown and the surface it strikes!!! Physical laws explain the bounce of the ball not luck!!! Blaming luck doesn’t teach us to be prepared to avoid the mistakes the next time it comes.

The difference between winning and quitting lies in one’s attitude. Five guidelines to help you when you feel like quitting:
1) study the defect
2) have courage to find out where you went wrong
3) stop blaming luck
4) stick to your goal.If one way doesn’t work,try a new approach
5) Remember,there is a good side in every situation. Find it and whip the feeling of quitting away.

”Winning is not a sometime thing. Its an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit”
-Vince lombardi…. 😉


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