I have been through the depths of poverty and sickness. When people ask me what has kept me going through the troubles that come to all of us, I always reply： ＂I stood yesterday. I can stand today. And I will not permit myself to think about what might happen tomorrow.＂
I have known want and struggle and anxiety and despair. I have always had to work beyond the limit of my strength. As I look back upon my life, I see it as a battlefield strewn3） with the wrecks of dead dreams and broken hopes and shattered illusions-a battle in which I always fought with the odds tremendously4） against me, and which has left me scarred and bruised5） and maimed6） and old before my time.
Yet I have no pity for myself； no tears to shed over the past and gone sorrows； no envy for the women who have been spared all I have gone through. For I have lived. They only existed.
I have drunk the cup of life down to its very dregs7）. They have only sipped the bubbles on top of it. I know things they will never know. I see things to which they are blind.
It is only the women whose eyes have been washed clear with tears who get the broad vision that makes them little sisters to all the world.
I have learned in the great University of Hard Knocks a philosophy that no woman who has had an easy life ever acquires. I have learned to live each day as it comes and not to borrow trouble by dreading the morrow8）. It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us. I put that dread from me because experience has taught me that when the time comes that I so fear, the strength and wisdom to meet it will be given me. Little annoyances9） no longer have the power to affect me. After you have seen your whole edifice10） of happiness topple11） and crash in ruins about you, it never matters to you again that a servant forgets to put the doilies12） under the finger bowls13）, or the cook spills 14） the soup.
I have learned not to expect too much of people, and so I can still get happiness out of the friend who isn＇t quite true to me or the acquaintance15） who gossips16）. Above all, I have acquired a sense of humour, because there were so many things over which I had either to cry or laugh. And when a woman can joke over her troubles instead of having hysterics17）, nothing can ever hurt her much again.
I do not regret the hardships I have known, because through them I have touched life at every point I have lived. And it was worth the price I had to pay.
what would you do if you failed？ many people may choose to give up. however, the surest way to success is to keep your direction and stick to your goal.
on your way to success, you must keep your direction. it is just like a lamp, guiding you in darkness and helping you overcome obstacles on your way. otherwise, you will easily get lost or hesitate to go ahead.
direction means objectives. you can get nowhere without an objective in life.
you can try to write your objective on paper and make some plans to achieve it. in this way, you will know how to arrange your time and to spend your time properly. and you should also have a belief that you are sure to succeed as long as you keep your direction all the time.
We often hear people say, “Never give up.” These can be encouraging words and words of determination. A person who believes in them will keep trying to reach his goal no matter how many times he fails. Benjamin Franklin once said,”Great works are performed not by strength,but by perseverance.”From the remark,we can infer that,of all the advantageous characteristics,perseverance plays a crucial role in one’s success.
Remember that year, I bought a bike,but I can＇t ride a bike! Mom seems to understand my thoughts, gently to me： ＂tomorrow I＇ll show you to your square, teach you to ride a bicycle.＂ ＂Good!＂ I＇m happy to reply.
The next morning, my mother and I went to the square. Mother let me push this bike, and look for the feeling, I have to not boring to walk cycles. Fifteen minutes passed, and my feet really acid! I want to back down. Well, learn the bike how so difficult, it is better not learn! At this time, my mother said to me ＂： well, quite good!＂ Listened to mother＇s words, my heart is light suddenly full of confidence. Mother then began to lecture, ＂learning bicycle, the most important thing is to keep the car balance, otherwise the car like a no head of flies, left, right. Didn＇t walk a few steps, I already fell off. My knees hurt, out of the red blood, looking at this bright red blood, I can＇t help but shed a hot tears, his mouth still keeps saying： ＂I don＇t learn, I don＇t learn! After listening to his mother, to longly say to me： ＂do what matter as long as perseverance, perseverance, perseverance will be successful. Like what you do is always fall by the wayside, how can success？＂ Listen to the mother＇s teachings I have the confidence again, two days before, I had learned to ride a bicycle, but most importantly, I learned to insist on.Now I see them as my motto, adhere to is victory let it remind me to do anything as long as perseverance, perseverance, perseverance will be successful.
Nothing can be more exciting than success to a man.But you must face many difficulties before you can succeed. No one can make it easily.And it＇s harder for those who are in adverse conditions to succeed.However,everything has two sides.Just as someone said, in every adversity there lies the seed of an advantage and in every defeat there is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time.The most important focus is to establish a brief, that is perseverance.The British ex-prime minister Winston Churchill had a motto of ＂Never, never, never, never give up .Nothing can substitute for hard work. Life is a process of struggle for success.