Would you BET on the future of this man?
He is 53 years old. Most of his adult life has been a losing
struggle against debt and misfortune. A war injury has made his
left hand stop functioning, and he has
often been in prison. Driven by heaven-knows-what
motives, he determines to write a
The book turns out to be one that has appealed to the world
for more than 350 years. That former prisoner was
Cervantes, and the book was Don
Quixote（《堂吉诃德》）. And the story poses
an interesting question: why do some people discover new
vitality and creativity to the end of their days,
while others go to seed long
We’ve all known people who run out of steam before
they reach life’s halfway mark. I’m not talking about those who
fail to get to the top. We can’t all get there. I’m talking about
people who have stopped learning on growing because they have
adopted the fixed attitudes and opinions that all too often come
with passing years.
Most of us, in
fact, progressively narrow the variety of
our lives. We succeed in our field of specialization and then
become trapped in it. Nothing surprises us. We lose our sense of
wonder. But, if we are willing to learn,
the opportunities are everywhere.
The things we learn in maturity seldom involve information
and skills. We learn to bear with the things we can’t change. We
learn to avoid self-pity. We learn that however much we try to
please, some people are never going to
love us—an idea that troubles at first but is eventually
With high motivation and enthusiasm,
we can keep on learning. Then we will know how important it
is to have meaning in our life. However,
we can achieve meaning only if we have made a commitment to
something larger than our own little
whether to loved ones, to fellow
humans, to work,
or to some moral concept.
Many of us
“commitment” with such “caring” occupations as teaching and
nursing. But doing any ordinary job as well as one can is in itself
an admirable commitment. People who work toward such
excellence—whether they are driving a truck,
or running a store—make the world better just by being the
kind of people they are. They’ve learned life’s most valuable
55. What is the author’s purpose in writing the
A. To provide guidance on leading a meaningful
B. To stress the need of shouldering
responsibilities at work.
C. To state the importance of generating
motivation for learning.
D. To suggest a way of pursuing excellence in
our lifelong career.