8分钟英语早读2020-07-30 08:57:29


distraction n. 分心的事物,分心
cane vt. 以杖击
undeterred adj. 未被吓住的,不气馁的
inevitable adj. 不可避免的,必然发生的  

Learning from Failure 从失败中学习

When failure knocks you down, will you have the guts to get up and get going? Or will you give up? Achieving success can be difficult. At times, distractions, delays and defeats discourage everyone. Giving up seems better than going on. But the principle of rising after each fall to try again applies to all struggles.

History informs us that stories of success are also stories of great failures. Take the young Winston Churchill. He did not exhibit signs of greatness as a child. He hated mathematics and , at Ascot School, he had to be frequently caned by the principal. When he changed his school to Brighton, his reputation as a dunce followed him. The story goes that the ladies running the school were so relieved when Churchill left and they declared a half -holiday. At Harrow , he failed the entrance examination. He also failed the entrance test to Sandhurst Military College twice and scraped through on the third attempt. He was undeterred by these failures and went on to become the greatest Prime Minister England ever had.

At school, Albert Einstein was so dull that he was called "Dull Albert". His teacher described him as "mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in his foolish dreams" He did not even pass the entrance examination to get into Zurich Polytechnic School. Only in the fourth attempt did he make the grade. Today Einstein is regarded as the architect of the Nuclear Age.

These men were like any other student. The only difference was that every time they failed, they bounced back. This is called failing forward, rather than backward. You learn and move forward. Ask yourself after every failure: what did I learn from this experience? Learn from your failure and keep going.

Some things take a lot of time. Staying on course can keep you focused on what you need to do. Like Winston Churchill ,Albert Einstein, Charters Darwin. Walter Scott and Lord Keynes, you may have to persevere in the face of almost inevitable defeat. You must remember that your goals should be moral and reasonable. But if your goals are both then stay on course. DON'T QUIT. A second effort or a third or a fourth pays off.




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