学习啦【英语美文欣赏】 编辑：韦彦 发布时间：2016-09-30
自我赞许Pride of Performance
Pride of performance does not represent ego1. It represents pleasure with humility. duanwenw.com The quality of the work and the quality of the worker are closely connected. Half-hearted effort does not produce half results; it produces no results.
Three people were laying bricks. A passer-by asked them what they were doing. The first one replied, "Don’t you see I’m making a living? "The second one said, "Don’t you see I’m laying bricks? "The third one said, "I’m building a beautiful house."
有三个人在砌砖,一个路人问他们在做什么。第一个人回答道:"你没看见我正为谋生而工作吗?"第二个人说:"你没看见我正在砌砖吗?"第三个人说道:"我正在建一栋美丽的房子。" There were three people doing the same thing who had totally different attitudes about their work. And would their attitude affect their performance? The answer is clearly yes.
Excellence comes when the performer takes pride in doing his best. Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it, regardless of what the job is, whether washing cars, sweeping the floor or painting a house.
Do it right the first time, every time. The best insurance for tomorrow is a job well done today.
Michelangelo had been working on a statue for many days. He was taking a long time to make every small detail as good as possible. duanwenw.com A man thought these improvements were insignificant and asked Michelangelo why he bothered with them. Michelangelo replied, "Trifles4 make perfection and perfection is no trifle."
Most people forget how fast you did a job, but they remember how well it was done.
Think about the last time you felt a negative emotion —like stress, anger or frustration1. What was going through your mind? Was your mind crowded with thoughts? Or was it unable to think?
The next time you find yourself in a negative emotion, stop. Yes, that’s right, stop. Whatever you’re doing, duanwenw.com stop and sit for one minute. While you’re sitting there, completely absorb yourself in the negative emotion.
Allow that emotion to consume you. Don’t cheat yourself here. Take one minute to feel that emotion. When the minute is over, ask yourself, "Am I willing to keep holding on to this negative emotion as I go through the rest of the day? "If not, take a deep breath and let go of2 all that negativity with your breath.
Once you’ve allowed yourself to be totally absorbed in the emotion and really feel it, you will be surprised to find that the emotion clears rather quickly. duanwenw.com If you feel you need to hold on to the emotion for a little longer, that is OK. Allow yourself another minute to feel the emotion.
This exercise seems simple, but it is very effective. Try it. Next time you’re in the middle of a negative emotion, give yourself the space to feel the emotion and see what happens.
你想要多优秀?How Good Do You Want to Be?
All of us want to be good at our jobs, but how good do we really want to be? Good? Quite good? Very good? The best in our field? Or the best in the world?
Talent helps, but it won’t take you as far as ambition. Everybody wants to be good, duanwenw.com but few are prepared to make the necessary sacrifices to be great. To many people, being nice in order to be liked is more important. There’s equal merit* in being nice and being liked, but you must not confuse them.
Most people are looking for a solution, a way to become good. There is no instant solution, duanwenw.com and the only way to learn is through experience and mistakes.
You can become whoever you want to be. You can achieve the unachievable, but first you need to aim beyond what you are capable of. You must close your eye to where your abilities end. Try to do the things that you’re incapable of.
If you think you’re unable to work for the best company, make that your aim.
If you think you’re incapable of running a company, make that your aim.
If you think you’re unable to be on the cover of Times magazine, make it your business to be there.
Make your vision of where you want to be a reality. Nothing is impossible.