GOOD WILL
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 GOOD WILL.     BY JOHN TOWNSEND TROWBRIDGE.     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.


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1 miserable g18yk     
adj.悲惨的,痛苦的;可怜的,糟糕的
参考例句:
  1. It was miserable of you to make fun of him.你取笑他,这是可耻的。
  2. Her past life was miserable.她过去的生活很苦。
2 enjoyment opaxV     
n.乐趣;享有;享用
参考例句:
  1. Your company adds to the enjoyment of our visit. 有您的陪同,我们这次访问更加愉快了。
  2. After each joke the old man cackled his enjoyment.每逢讲完一个笑话,这老人就呵呵笑着表示他的高兴。
3 worthy vftwB     
adj.(of)值得的,配得上的;有价值的
参考例句:
  1. I did not esteem him to be worthy of trust.我认为他不值得信赖。
  2. There occurred nothing that was worthy to be mentioned.没有值得一提的事发生。
4 thoroughly sgmz0J     
adv.完全地,彻底地,十足地
参考例句:
  1. The soil must be thoroughly turned over before planting.一定要先把土地深翻一遍再下种。
  2. The soldiers have been thoroughly instructed in the care of their weapons.士兵们都系统地接受过保护武器的训练。
5 solely FwGwe     
adv.仅仅,唯一地
参考例句:
  1. Success should not be measured solely by educational achievement.成功与否不应只用学业成绩来衡量。
  2. The town depends almost solely on the tourist trade.这座城市几乎完全靠旅游业维持。
6 mere rC1xE     
adj.纯粹的;仅仅,只不过
参考例句:
  1. That is a mere repetition of what you said before.那不过是重复了你以前讲的话。
  2. It's a mere waste of time waiting any longer.再等下去纯粹是浪费时间。
7 contemptible DpRzO     
adj.可鄙的,可轻视的,卑劣的
参考例句:
  1. His personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible.他气貌不扬,言语粗俗。
  2. That was a contemptible trick to play on a friend.那是对朋友玩弄的一出可鄙的把戏。
8 eminent dpRxn     
adj.显赫的,杰出的,有名的,优良的
参考例句:
  1. We are expecting the arrival of an eminent scientist.我们正期待一位著名科学家的来访。
  2. He is an eminent citizen of China.他是一个杰出的中国公民。
9 kindly tpUzhQ     
adj.和蔼的,温和的,爽快的;adv.温和地,亲切地
参考例句:
  1. Her neighbours spoke of her as kindly and hospitable.她的邻居都说她和蔼可亲、热情好客。
  2. A shadow passed over the kindly face of the old woman.一道阴影掠过老太太慈祥的面孔。
10 advancement tzgziL     
n.前进,促进,提升
参考例句:
  1. His new contribution to the advancement of physiology was well appreciated.他对生理学发展的新贡献获得高度赞赏。
  2. The aim of a university should be the advancement of learning.大学的目标应是促进学术。
11 sordid PrLy9     
adj.肮脏的,不干净的,卑鄙的,暗淡的
参考例句:
  1. He depicts the sordid and vulgar sides of life exclusively.他只描写人生肮脏和庸俗的一面。
  2. They lived in a sordid apartment.他们住在肮脏的公寓房子里。
12 conspired 6d377e365eb0261deeef136f58f35e27     
密谋( conspire的过去式和过去分词 ); 搞阴谋; (事件等)巧合; 共同导致
参考例句:
  1. They conspired to bring about the meeting of the two people. 他们共同促成了两人的会面。
  2. Bad weather and car trouble conspired to ruin our vacation. 恶劣的气候连同汽车故障断送了我们的假日。
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