学习啦【英语散文】 编辑：韦彦 发布时间：2016-09-19
Sir Edmund Hillary is famous for being the first person to climb Mt. Everest.
What many people do not know is that Sir Hillary did not make it to the top of Everest the first time he tried The first attempt was a complete failure. His c1imbing party encountered one problem after another and more than half his climbing party died.
Nonetheless, the British Parliament decided to honor him with some type of award. When he entered the chamber to receive his award, Sir Hillary saw that a large picture of Everest had been set up.
During the standing ovation that he was receiving, he walked over to the picture, shook his fist at it and said, "You won, this time. But you are as big as you are ever going to get. And I'm still growing."
We frequently hear the stories of people who have succeeded. And we frequently assume that they succeeded the first time.
But in fact it's the exact opposite.
The road to success is paved with the bricks of failure.
A Real Lesson in Humility
Book T. Washington, the renowned black educator, was an outstanding example of this truth.
Shotly after he took over the presidency of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, he was walking in an exclusive section of town when he was stopped by a wealthy white woman. Not knowing the farnous Mr. Washington by sight, she asked if he would like to earn a few dollars by chopping wood for her.
Because he had no pressing business at the rnornent, Professor Washington srniled, rolled up his sleeves, and proceeded to do the humble chore she had requested When he was finished, he carried the logs into the house and stacked them by the fireplace.
A little girl recognized hirn and later revealed to the lady. The next morning the embarrassed woman went to see Mr. Washington in his office at the Institute and apologized profusely. "It's perfectly all right, Madam," he replied. "Occasionally I enjoy a little manual labor. Besides, it's always a delight to do something for a friend."
She shook his hand warmly and assured him that his meek and attitude had endeared him and his work to her heart. Not long afterward she showed her admiration by persuading some wealthy acquaintances to join her in donating thousands of dollars to the Tuskegee Institute.
Why are you poor?
Have an open mindset
The most important thing to becoming rich for you is to have a mindset to want to become rich. The reason I saythat is this, is because I wanted to become rich when I played Monopoly, that was, I was nine years old. The greatest formula for wealth is found on that board game. When I was nine years old my poor dad, the school teacher says, “Ah put that game away. Study, study, study! You're wasting your time playing Monopoly.”
And my rich dad said the formula, “You must open your mind and see the formula right on Monopoly.” He said, “It's right in front of you.” And I went, “What's the formula?” And finally I learned the formula is, four green houses, red hotel, four green houses, red hotel. Today I'm a rich man because all I ever did since the time I was 24 years old was buy four green houses, sell them all, buy a red hotel, four green houses, red hotel. It is not, that you have to go to school to become rich. Just play Monopoly; four green houses, red hotel. That's it.
You must look at how people before you have become rich. Do not talk to poor people. Poor people will tell you, “Oh it's too risky. Don’t do that. Don't take risk. Save your money. Play it safe.” That is a poor person's mindset. You must have an open mindset, open. And if you have an open mindset you will learn from everything.If you have a closed mindset you will learn from nothing. So I think that is the most important thing.
The difference between money and wealth
No, I don't have a salary. I only had a job four years in my life. I don’t want a salary. The middle class and poor, what they want is high income. They think they want money. But they have no wealth because they have no assets. You must know the difference between money and wealth but they're not the same same. Money will never make you rich. This makes you rich. I have large companies. I have lots of stocks. I trade options. I have real estate, that's what makes me rich. So the money just comes in whether I work or not.
Bill Gates makes $500,000 a year. That's all. I make more than him. That's all he makes but he's worth 40 billion. I'm trying to tell you there is a very big difference between income, money and wealth. So I have spent my life buying assets, businesses, stocks, real estate, that’s what makes you rich, not a job. The reason the rich in America get richer is they pass this on to their kids. My poor dad always said, “High paying job, high paying job, high paying job.” And my rich dad said, “Assets, assets, assets.” That's the difference.