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Iron Will is the Key to a Better Life
What is the key to being successful? How can we succeed? When people talk about the way to succeed, they may emphasize that innovation and action are the conclusive factors.
However, ignoring the importance of iron will makes people miss the success time after time.
The indispensable factor is an iron will, which is also can be called the key to success. Iron will is different from ordinary will. “Iron” is the main point of this word. It emphasizes the will is firm and lasting, which are the characters of iron. No matter who they are, the people who have an iron will have a higher possibility of being successful than the people who do not have it.
The possibility of being successful depends on the will that people have, which concerns the importance of the purpose. A firm and unshakable will sometimes is created by a vital purpose, like saving one’s own life. Sherman Alexie writes about how tough learning to read is because he is a Native American in “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and me”. He tried to use knowledge to keep himself from seeing as an “idiot” in others’ mind. He said, “I love those books, but I also knew that love had only one purpose. I was trying to save my life” (Alexie 18). He is a Native American which means his skills of reading, learning knowledge, and ability of judging the world will be in questioned and buried. However, Sherman knew that reading and gaining knowledge could save him from falling behind. He was unwilling to live an ignorant life and arrogant. Not only Alexie had the iron will when he tried to learn,
Frederick Douglass’s “Learning Read and Write” also describes the hardness of learning.
Learning the basic reading and writing skills was an extremely tough thing when he was a slave, although he got through it. He says, “This bread I used to bestow the hungry little urchins, who, in return, would give me that more valuable bread of knowledge”



Cited: Alexie, Sherman. “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me.” 50 Essays. Ed. Samuel Cohen. Boston: Bedford, 2011. 15-18. Print. Douglass, Fredrick. “Learning to Read and Write.” 50 Essays. Ed. Samuel Cohen. Boston: Bedford, 2011. 129-134. Print.

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