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2. Determination to Achieve / Will-Power
頑強 means “Tenacious,” “Hard to Defeat,” or “Dogged.”
Alone, the first character means mischievous, obstinate, or stubborn. But it loses some of the mischievous meaning when the second character is added.
The second character means strength, force, power, or better.
See Also: Determination | Dedication | Devotion | Never Give Up
意志 is a Chinese, Korean, and Japanese word that means “determination to achieve.” It can also be translated as: will; willpower; determination; volition; intention; or intent.
In Japanese, this can also be the given name, Ishi.
意志力 is a form of willpower or self-control and is about having the determination or tenacity to keep going.
In Japanese, this is the power of will, the strength of will, volition, intention, intent, or determination.
固執 can also mean “opinionated” or “stubborn” in Chinese and Japanese, but in the nicest way possible (still bad).
This just means “stubborn” in Korean (not a good scroll if your audience is Korean, in fact, we don't recommend this word at all). There are better ways to express this idea, such as tenacity/tenacious or perseverance... ...see the links below...
See Also: Fortitude | Perseverance
堅韌不拔 is about perseverance, being steadfast and persistent.
堅韌不拔 is a great phrase for you if you commit to your goals and overcome obstacles, no matter how long it takes.
The translation of this proverb literally means “something so persistent or steadfast, that it is not uprootable, movable, or surpassable.”
Other translations include being firm and indomitable or tenacious and unyielding.
See Also: Devotion | Persistence | Indomitable
忍 contains the ideas of patience, equanimity, perseverance, forbearance, and endurance. Alone, this single character can be a bit ambiguous or flexible. It can also mean to endure, to bear, to put up with, or to conceal. If you want to simply decide what this character means to you within the general meaning but keep it a mystery to others, this is a good choice.
If you want to be more direct, you may want to choose one of our other selections that mean perseverance or patience (you will see this character within those larger words/phrases).
There is a secondary meaning in Japanese since this is the first character of the word ninja.
Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write it in the form shown to the right. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect this Kanji form (yes, it's just one stroke that is slightly different in location, crossing another stroke in the Japanese Kanji form).
See Also: Perseverance | Patience
愛崗敬業 is used to refer to someone who puts forth maximum effort and achieves much.
We might call this kind of person a “go-getter” in English.
See Also: Dedication | Devotion
Dedicated to One Thing
專用 is the dedication you might have to your job or a person.
Trivia: It is the same word used as an adjective in front of the word for “network” to say “dedicated network” in Chinese.
Please note: While this is a word in Korean, the meaning is private or “exclusive use.” So this is best if your audience is Chinese.
See Also: Devotion | Passion | Commitment
専念 is the Japanese word for dedication.
It means “give undivided attention” or “devote oneself to (something).”
Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly used term.
See Also: Devotion | Passion | Commitment
決心 is a Chinese, Japanese, and Korean word that holds the dictionary definition of determination but literally means determined heart.
The first character means to determine or determined.
The second character means heart, mind, or soul, so you can imagine that this form of determination partially means putting your heart into something. It can also be translated as resolve, resolution, or decision (as in a decision made and followed).
See Also: Devotion | Passion | Dedication | Will-Power
執拗 means relentless or stubborn in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
It can also be translated as willful, pigheaded, persistent, obstinate, tenacious, insistent, importunate, or persevering.
This is a rather negative word. it’s really inappropriate for a wall scroll, so please don’t order this unless you really want to shock Asian people who see it.
These search terms might be related to Tenacious:
A Truly Determined Person Will Find a Solution
Destiny Determined by Heaven
Firm Belief / Strong Faith
Fortitude / Steadfast
Relentless / Stubborn
Shadow of Karma / Dogged by Karma
Unshakable / Determined
Unswerving Determination / Firm and Persistent
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|gan kyou / gankyou / gan kyo||wán qiáng|
|Determination to Achieve|
|意志||ishi||yì zhì / yi4 zhi4 / yi zhi / yizhi||i chih / ichih|
|意志力||ishi ryoku / ishiryoku||yì zhì lì|
yi4 zhi4 li4
yi zhi li
|i chih li
|koshuu / koshu||gù zhí / gu4 zhi2 / gu zhi / guzhi||ku chih / kuchih|
|jiān rèn bù bá|
jian1 ren4 bu4 ba2
jian ren bu ba
|chien jen pu pa
|忍||nin||rěn / ren3 / ren||jen|
|ài gǎng jìng yè|
ai4 gang3 jing4 ye4
ai gang jing ye
|ai kang ching yeh
|kesshin / keshin||jué xīn / jue2 xin1 / jue xin / juexin||chüeh hsin / chüehhsin|
|shitsu you / shitsuyou / shitsu yo||zhí niù / zhi2 niu4 / zhi niu / zhiniu||chih niu / chihniu|
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
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The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
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We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.
Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.
There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.
Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.
The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.
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