The Principle of Success

这篇语言通俗的散文,摘自《Beautiful English》(一套不错的丛书)。

      What is success ?

      I used to try to define success. But now, I think a precise definition is impossible. Is it winning a Gold Medal at the Olympic Games or winning Wimbledon, or being awarded a Nobel Price? What else? I believe personal success could be anything at all — it does not have to involve public recognition. Who is more successful? A millionaire who is unhappy or an unnoticed person who has led a simple, happy life ? The simplest definition of success I think is “to set out to do something and to success in doing it”. It really does not matter what, or how humble the undertaking is .

      Believe you can succeed and you will. Achieving success in whatever endeavor you choose may be the goal of life. Because it gives you freedom from worry. Could that be ?

      Success mean different things to every one of us. Some people believe it is measured in financial terms, i.e. having wealth others believe it is helping other rather than helping themselves. A bit of both perhaps! Or it could be simply achieving for achievement’s sake. Success is such a personal thing. To many people it is the very root of their being — the reason for existing is to achieve in their lives. (对很多人而言,成功是他们生存的根本——他们存在的理由就是要去完成生命中一些有价值的事(我很认可,但of courser我很讨厌自己被归为此类))To the vast majority of population it doesn’t matter much whether they want to be successful or not, that’s just OK by ME, as long as that is what you really want and you are happy with life. (对于芸芸众生绝大部分人而言,成功与否是无关紧要的;对我而言,just无所谓,只要这是你想要的或感到幸福的) However, most people want and are motivated to a great extent by public recognition and a relentless pursuit of achievement. How many people too are really happy? How many people are really doing what they want to with their lives ? (Incidentally, the ability to imagine makes us different from animals). (但是,很多人则渴望并激励自己去追求公众的认可和通过残酷竞争得到的成果—名誉地位、物质财富;多少人真正快乐于此?多少人真正做着他们想做的呢? 顺带一句:思考的能力让我们有别于动物)

      No matter what motivates you personally … whatever you choose to do with your life, don’t expect instant success. The years of struggle, commitment and learning in excelling at whatever endeavor or trade you choose, is no easy task . I would wholeheartedly agree with that statement. It takes a lot of courage, character and discipline to achieve success in any field. Nearly all successful people have doubted themselves at some point and wanted to give up. Yet they carried on. So many people give up within an inch or two away from the gold in the seam done the mine — a whisker away from success. One thing is for sure, success breeds SUCCESS, as it gathers a momentum of its own and you get on an inning streak when everything seems to fit into place.

      I like all of the following quotations. They all stand for what success mean to ME. Personally. So I’ll share them with you… (我喜欢下面这些句子。它们代表了成功于我个人的定义,在此分享出来:)
“Success is the continuous journey towards the achievement of predetermined worthwhile goals.” (成功是不断向预先确定的有价值的目标前行的旅程)
“To live you life in your own way. (以自己的方式生活)
To reach the goals you had set for yourself. (达到自己预定的目标)
To be the person you want to be/to be the master of yourself(做你想做的人) — that’s what success is .”

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