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Consider This

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Consider This

Written by Jack1 Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
Read by Jonathan Else

General Douglas MacArthur was turned down for admission to West Point not once but twice. But he tried a third time, was accepted and marched into the history books.

Basketball superstar Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.

In 1889, 1)Rudyard Kipling received the following 2)rejection letter from the San Francisco Examiner: “I’m sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language.”

Winston Churchill failed sixth grade. He did not become Prime Minister of England until he was 62, and then only after a lifetime of 3)defeats and 4)setbacks. His greatest contributions came when he was a “5)senior citizen.”

The parents of the famous opera singer Enrico Caruso wanted him to be an engineer. His teacher said he had no voice at all and could not sing.

Albert Einstein did not speak until he was four years old and didn't read until he was seven. His teacher described him as “6)mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in his foolish dreams.” He was 7)expelled and was refused 8)admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic2 School.

9)Louis Pasteur was only a 10)mediocre pupil in undergraduate studies and ranked 15th out of 22 in chemistry.

In 1944, Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modeling Agency, told modeling hopeful Norma Jean Baker3 (Marilyn Monroe), “You'd better learn 11)secretarial work or else get married.”

While turning down the British rock group called the Beatles, one executive4 of Decca Recording5 Company said, “We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out.”

In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of 12)the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after one performance. He told Presley, “You ain't goin' nowhere…son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck.” 

When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, it did not ring off the hook6 with calls from potential 13)backers. President Rutherford Hayes said, “That's an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one of them?”

Rafer Johnson, the 14)decathlon champion, was born with a 15)club foot.

When Thomas Edison invented the 16)light bulb, he tried over 2,000 experiments before he got it to work. A young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times. He said, “I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2,000-step process.”

After years of progressive 17)hearing loss, by age 46 German composer Ludwig van Beethoven had become completely deaf. Nevertheless, he wrote his greatest music—including five symphonies—during his later years.

1)Rudyard Kipling 拉迪亚德·吉卜林(英国作家,1907年获诺贝尔文学奖)
2)rejection [ri5dVekFEn] n. 拒绝
3)defeat [di5fi:t] n. 击败,战胜,失败
4)setback [5setbAk] n. 顿挫,挫折
5) senior citizen 老年人
6) mentally [5mentEli] ad. 精神上,智力上,在内心
7)expel [iks5pel] v. 驱逐,开除
8)admittance [Ed5mitEns] n. 入场权,准入
9)Louis Pasteur 路易斯·巴斯德(法国化学家、微生物学家)
10)mediocre [7mi:di5EukE] a. 普普通通的
11)secretarial [7sekrE5tZEriEl] a. 秘书的,书记的
12)the Grand Ole Opry 乡村老大剧院(美国历史最悠久,专门播放乡村音乐与节目的娱乐机构)
13)backer [5bAkE] n. 支持者
14)decathlon [di5kAWlCn] n. 十项运动
15)club foot 畸形足,内外足
16)light bulb 电灯泡
17)hearing loss 听觉损耗,听力损失






1 jack 53Hxp     
  • I am looking for the headphone jack.我正在找寻头戴式耳机插孔。
  • He lifted the car with a jack to change the flat tyre.他用千斤顶把车顶起来换下瘪轮胎。
2 polytechnic g1vzw     
  • She was trained as a teacher at Manchester Polytechnic.她在曼彻斯特工艺专科学校就读,准备毕业后做老师。
  • When he was 17,Einstein entered the Polytechnic Zurich,Switzerland,where he studied mathematics and physics.17岁时,爱因斯坦进入了瑞士苏黎士的专科学院,学习数学和物理学。
3 baker wyTz62     
  • The baker bakes his bread in the bakery.面包师在面包房内烤面包。
  • The baker frosted the cake with a mixture of sugar and whites of eggs.面包师在蛋糕上撒了一层白糖和蛋清的混合料。
4 executive Ymlxs     
  • A good executive usually gets on well with people.一个好的高级管理人员通常与人们相处得很好。
  • He is a man of great executive ability.他是个具有极高管理能力的人。
5 recording UktzJj     
  • How long will the recording of the song take?录下这首歌得花多少时间?
  • I want to play you a recording of the rehearsal.我想给你放一下彩排的录像。
6 hook oc5xa     
  • The blacksmith forged a bar of iron into a hook.铁匠把一根铁条锻造成一个钩子。
  • He hangs up his scarf on the hook behind the door.他把围巾挂在门后的衣钩上。
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