Are Physical Characteristics More Important Than Emotional Traits Like Willpower?


Some people think that physical characteristics are more important than emotional traits like willpower. The quote “the difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will” states that people need inner strength more than outer strength. I personally agree with this statement, and a number of texts do as well.

“The Glass Castle” is a memoir written by Jeannette Walls. It details her struggles though her childhood battling poverty, injuries, homelessness, and some self-debilitating parents. It took all of her willpower to just stay positive, especially with not having food more times than not. When faced with her parents actions, such as her father and mother squandering what little money they had on booze and art supplies, respectively, she stayed tough and rooted through various dumpsters in her area for an apple or two. It could not have been physical strength that kept her alive, because she was extremely malnourished.

The quote’s author, American football coach Vince Lombardi, could have been referring to emotional strength, but I believe he was referring to physical strength. His team, the green bay packers, won the first two super bowls. They were a great team that won, due to sheer willpower, according to coach Lombardi. Many people believe that willpower is more important than other factors of strength.

Another example of sheer willpower winning over other physical aspects of your life is one Tinisheia Howard of New York City. Tinisheia was homeless throughout her first two years of high school, but didn’t want to tell anyone out of fear of being bullied. Getting up at five AM every weekday, just to catch the city bus across town to a flimsy high school where she barely had enough energy to get through her classes, even sometimes falling asleep at the end of the day, to graduate with a diploma and honor designations. She had failed her afternoon classes due to falling asleep and decided to talk to a counselor about her living in a shelter, and the counselor started driving her to school so Tinisheia could get 2 more hours of sleep.

While some people disagree with this quote, I do not. I think that no matter how hard you’ve tried, you can always try harder. This makes me believe that you can try to do almost anything and you can succeed. Willpower is an extraordinary feature to have, and I envy those who have more than me.