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    I suppose you all, my boys, are looking for some sort of success in life; it is right that you should; but what are your notions of success? To get rich as soon as possible, without regard to the means by which your wealth is acquired?

    There is no true success in that: when you have gained millions, you may yet be poorer than when you had nothing; and it is that same reckless ambition which has brought many a bright and capable boy, not to great estate at last, but to miserable1 failure and disgrace; not to a palace, but to a prison.

    Wealth rightly got and rightly used, rational enjoyment2, power, fame,-these are all worthy3 objects of ambition; but they are not the highest objects, and you may acquire them all without achieving true success. But if, whatever you seek, you put good will into all your actions, you are sure of the best success at last; for whatever else you gain or miss, you are building up a noble and beautiful character, which is not only the best of possessions in this world, but also is about all you can expect to take with you into the next.

    I say, good will in all your actions. You are not simply to be kind and helpful to others; but, whatever you do, give honest, earnest purpose to it. Thomas is put by his parents to learn a business. But Thomas does not like to apply himself very closely. "What's the use?" he says. "I'm not paid much, and I'm not going to work much. I'll get along just as easily as I can, and have as good times as I can."

    So he shirks his tasks; and instead of thinking about his employer's interests, or his own self-improvement, gives his mind to trifles,——often to evil things, which in their ruinous effects upon his life are not trifles. As soon as he is free from his daily duties, he is off with his companions, having what they call a good time; his heart is with them even while his hands are employed in the shop or store.

    He does nothing thoroughly4 well,——not at all for want of talent, but solely5 for lack of good will. He is not preparing himself to be one of those efficient clerks or workmen who are always in demand, and who receive the highest wages.

    There is a class of people who are the pest of every community-workmen who do not know their trade, men of business ignorant of the first principles of business. They can never be relied upon to do well anything they undertake. They are always making blunders which other people have to suffer for, and which react upon themselves. They are always getting out of employment, and failing in business.

    To make up for what they lack in knowledge and thoroughness, they often resort to trick and fraud, and become not merely contemptible7, but criminal. Thomas is preparing himself to be one of this class. You cannot, boys, expect to raise a good crop from evil seed.

    By Thomas's side works another boy, whom we will call James,——a lad of only ordinary capacity, very likely. If Thomas and all the other boys did their best, there would be but small chance for James ever to become eminent8. But he has something better than talent: he brings good will to his work. Whatever he learns, he learns so well that it becomes a part of himself.

    His employers find that they can depend upon him. Customers soon learn to like and trust him. By diligence, self-culture, good habits, cheerful and kindly9 conduct, he is laying the foundation of a generous manhood and a genuine success.

    In short, boys, by slighting your tasks you hurt yourself more than you wrong your employer. By honest service you benefit yourself more than you help him. If you were aiming at mere6 worldly advancement10 only, I should still say that good will was the very best investment you could make in business.

    By cheating a customer, you gain only a temporary and unreal advantage. By serving him with right good will,——doing by him as you would be done by,——you not only secure his confidence, but also his good will in return. But this is a sordid11 consideration conspired12 with the inward satisfaction, the glow and expansion of soul which attend a good action done for itself alone. If I were to sum up all I have to say to you in one last word of love and counsel, that one word should be——Good will.


1 miserable g18yk     
  • It was miserable of you to make fun of him.你取笑他,這是可恥的。
  • Her past life was miserable.她過去的生活很苦。
2 enjoyment opaxV     
  • Your company adds to the enjoyment of our visit. 有您的陪同,我們這次訪問更加愉快了。
  • After each joke the old man cackled his enjoyment.每逢講完一個笑話,這老人就呵呵笑著表示他的高興。
3 worthy vftwB     
  • I did not esteem him to be worthy of trust.我認為他不值得信賴。
  • There occurred nothing that was worthy to be mentioned.沒有值得一提的事發生。
4 thoroughly sgmz0J     
  • The soil must be thoroughly turned over before planting.一定要先把土地深翻一遍再下種。
  • The soldiers have been thoroughly instructed in the care of their weapons.士兵們都系統地接受過保護武器的訓練。
5 solely FwGwe     
  • Success should not be measured solely by educational achievement.成功與否不應只用學業成績來衡量。
  • The town depends almost solely on the tourist trade.這座城市幾乎完全靠旅游業維持。
6 mere rC1xE     
  • That is a mere repetition of what you said before.那不過是重復了你以前講的話。
  • It's a mere waste of time waiting any longer.再等下去純粹是浪費時間。
7 contemptible DpRzO     
  • His personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible.他氣貌不揚,言語粗俗。
  • That was a contemptible trick to play on a friend.那是對朋友玩弄的一出可鄙的把戲。
8 eminent dpRxn     
  • We are expecting the arrival of an eminent scientist.我們正期待一位著名科學家的來訪。
  • He is an eminent citizen of China.他是一個杰出的中國公民。
9 kindly tpUzhQ     
  • Her neighbours spoke of her as kindly and hospitable.她的鄰居都說她和藹可親、熱情好客。
  • A shadow passed over the kindly face of the old woman.一道陰影掠過老太太慈祥的面孔。
10 advancement tzgziL     
  • His new contribution to the advancement of physiology was well appreciated.他對生理學發展的新貢獻獲得高度贊賞。
  • The aim of a university should be the advancement of learning.大學的目標應是促進學術。
11 sordid PrLy9     
  • He depicts the sordid and vulgar sides of life exclusively.他只描寫人生骯臟和庸俗的一面。
  • They lived in a sordid apartment.他們住在骯臟的公寓房子里。
12 conspired 6d377e365eb0261deeef136f58f35e27     
密謀( conspire的過去式和過去分詞 ); 搞陰謀; (事件等)巧合; 共同導致
  • They conspired to bring about the meeting of the two people. 他們共同促成了兩人的會面。
  • Bad weather and car trouble conspired to ruin our vacation. 惡劣的氣候連同汽車故障斷送了我們的假日。
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