Greatness Essay

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Francisco Salas Per.5 9-26-12 AP English “Greatness” What is greatness? We may all consider what it means or what it stands for but in reality, it defines who we are and what we are capable of achieving. Greatness is a concept of a state of superiority affecting a person, object or place. It can also be referred to individuals who possess a natural ability to be better than others. Every human being each strive and aspire to be great, but only a handful of people know what it is, and fewer strive to achieve it. We are taught to strive for perfection to be great in life. As Shakespeare wrote, “Some are born great; some achieve greatness; some have greatness thrust upon them.” Greatness has its own rewards such as fame and wealth. There can be greatness in every one; we just have to approach it. We live in a world that seems to worship its own kind if greatness. Greatness cannot be achieved so easily. Greatness is not made to measure order. To achieve greatness, a lot of perspiration and hard work is needed. We all have a genius inside of us and we need to use it to become great. Even a diamond must be polished in order to sparkle to be great; otherwise it would just be a lump of gem instead. In order to be great, one has to work for it. Greatness is being great at whatever you focus on and to choose the right work at the right time. Greatness is not about public persona. It’s what you do when no one is looking. How hard you play your game when no one’s watching? How do you overcome your fears and stand up for what should be done? Most of the time greatness appears when you leave behind your social status and announce war against your beliefs. Greatness appears when you face rejections after rejections, challenge after challenge and set-backs after set-backs and yet you refuse to be knocked down. Greatness doesn’t come free. Greatness is hard. Just do what

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