on the campus of the university, between buildings, there are large stretches of lawn, green as ever and as if forever. encircled by the green, i often have the inspiration to think. it is a green thought in a green shade. my green thought is about how i will face the future.
the important thing in life is to have a great goal and the determination to attain it. living without a goal is like sailing without a compass. lack of purpose is the cause of most of our failures. when a great aim has been decided on, determination and persistence are most important. a story about mao *"s willpower not to smoke is a good example of this kind of willpower applied for the short term, an example the young person might ap* to his or her determination to work for the long term. mao was addicted to cigarettes. at the chongqing negotiations, he was observed to have an unusual expression on his face. when the talks were over, jiang jieshi said, "he likes cigarettes as much as he does his life, but when he learned that i don"t smoke, in the course of our talks, he never smoked even a single cigarette." we can never despise mao *"s determination and will! you can see that nothing is impossible for a willing heart.
persistence is also the key factor, like determination. as benjamin franklin said, "he who is patient can have whatever he wants." this persistence is necessary; successful people expect periodic defeats, learn what went wrong and why, and make necessary adjustments, and try again. if you are persistent, you will almost inevitably succeed. when ludwig van beethoven - "the michelangelo of music", reached his peak, he was totally deaf. if you study his biography, and get acquainted with his trials, his hardships, battles, and triumphed over fate. success seldom comes easily on the first try. what separates the successful from the unsuccessful is persistence. many organizational *ysts and career consultants consider persistence to be ultimate key to success at both the organizational and personal level. successful people also fail occasionally, but they do not let their failures defeat their spirit.
It is well that young men should begin at the beginning and occupy the most subordinatepositions. Many of the leading businessmen of Pittsburgh had a serious responsibility thrust upon them at the very threshold of their career. They were introduced to the broom, and spent the first hours of their business lives sweeping out the office. I notice we have janitors and janitresses now in offices, and our young men unfortunately miss that salutary branch of business education. But if by chance the professional sweeper is absent any morning, the boy who has the genius of the future partner in him will not hesitate to try his hand at the broom. It does not hurt the newest comer to sweep out the office if necessary. I was one of those sweepers myself.
Assuming that you have all obtained employment and are fairly started, my advice to you is "aim high". I would not give a fig for the young man who does not already see himself the partner or the head of an important firm. Do not rest content for a moment in your thoughts as head clerk, or foreman, or general manager in any concern, no matter how extensive. Say to yourself, "My place is at the top." Be king in your dreams.
And here is the prime condition of success, the great secret: concentrate your energy, thought, and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged. Having begun in one line, resolve to fight it out on that line, to lead in it, adopt every improvement, have the best machinery, and know the most about it.
The concerns which fail are those which have scattered their capital, which means that they have scattered their brains also. They have investments in this, or that, or the other, here there, and everywhere. "Don"t put all your eggs in one basket." is all wrong. I tell you to "put all your eggs in one basket, and then watch that basket." Look round you and take notice, men who do that not often fail. It is easy to watch and carry the one basket. It is trying to carry too many baskets that breaks most eggs in this country. He who carries three baskets must put one on his head, which is apt to tumble and trip him up. One fault of the American businessman is lack of concentration.
To summarize what I have said: aim for the highest; never enter a bar room; do not touch liquor, or if at all only at meals; never speculate; never indorse beyond your surplus cash fund; make the firm"s interest yours; break orders always to save owners; concentrate; put all your eggs in one basket, and watch that basket; expenditure always within revenue; lastly, be not impatient, for as Emerson says, "no one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourselves."
Confidence Is the Way to Success
Lin Hao, in face of so great a catastrophe, did not evade but gave his hands to his classmates. It was his confidence and calmness that gave others the second life. I am proud of him. To be honest, Lin Hao is my little hero in my heart.
Bernard Shaw has ever said a word. "Those who have confidence can transform smallness into greatness and make mediocre things look beautiful"". In another word, self-confidence is the first step to success. Thus, no matter when and what, we do not allow ourselves to be discouraged. Lin Hao"s experience tells us that confidence is very important to us. It also reminds me of my own experience during the first year of senior middle school. After I entered senior school, I found it really hard for me to learn math well. There were so many problems which I didn"t understand that I did badly in exams. Both my parents and math teachers believed that I couldn"t learn math well. One day I met a difficult problem which took me nearly an hour to work it out. Nonetheless，I realized that I was the only one in my class to work it out! That really built up my confidence in math. Finally I became very good at math and my math teacher was surprised by my progress. It was confidence that helped me overcome the difficulty.
If a person wants to be successful, the first thing to do is to get confidence, as success is the body of confidence.
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