William Kamkwamba's The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

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Almost everyone makes New Year’s Resolutions believing that this year is going to be different, this year, the habit will not be pushed into the dark reaches of your mind. However, only 8% of people uphold their resolutions. These statistics show how difficult it can be to fulfill a goal or form a habit. In the nonfiction book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, William Kamkwamba, the main character, chose something he desired to accomplish and he attained the goal nearly every time. The book follows William through his life from 12 years of age up until he is older than 20 years old. He is a curious young boy who lives with his mother, father, and his six sisters. Throughout his life in Malawi, William Kamkwamba developed many habits, but three that encouraged him to accomplish his goals would be determination/hard work, patience, and inquisitiveness. There are countless examples where William practiced the habit of hard work and determination to achieve his goal of building the windmill. An example from the book was when he would spend almost all day in the junkyard searching for the necessary parts to complete his project, even when his former classmates teased him saying, “William, what are you doing in the garbage?” (Kamkwamba William, 179). However, he did not allow these intentionally negative comments deter him from his goals. When his previous classmates saw him in the junkyard they shouted, “There goes the crazy guy, off to smoke
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