Think about some words for success and for achieving goals, whether personal, financial, familial, or even for the whole community. What are some of the factors that affect success? Certainly a person’s mental and physical capability and energy matter. Maybe even more important are motivation and appropriate attitudes.
Which attitudes enable success? I would say determination, patience, a willingness to work hard and to sacrifice things that aren’t so important in order to accomplish the priorities. If you have these, you will be likely to eventually reach at least some of your goals. (Of course, success is never inevitable, and often requires some luck, and the support of others.)
Can you think of other factors that enable a person or an organization to be successful? Which do you think are most the most important? (Take a minute to write them down. It’s good English practice, as well as a help to focus on things that can make a difference.)
Use the words below (also in the drop down menu) to fill in the blanks in these short stories about a few people who turned failure into success. Press "Check" to check your answers.
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attitude, benefits, emphasized, energy, eventually, foundation,
inevitably, location, reject, security, succeeded, successful
Here’s a very short video talking about some famous people who failed before they succeeded (and often were told they would always be failures!)