When I was twelve years old, my father took me to see Zig Ziegler. I remember sitting in that dark auditorium listening to Mr. Zigler raise everyone's 1up to die ceiling. I left there saying, "Dad, I want to make people feel like that." My father asked me what I 2 . "I want to be a motivational speaker just like Mr. Zigler," I replied. A 3 was born.
Recently, I began pursuing my dream of 4 others. After a four — year relationship with a major fortune 100 company as a regional sales manager, I left the company at the 5of my career. Many people were shocked that I would leave after earning a six-figure income. And they asked why I would 6 everything for a dream.
I made my decision to start my own company and leave my secure 7 after attending a regional sales meeting. The vice-president of our company 8 a speech that changed my life. I realized that everything I had 9 the graduate degree, the successful sales career, managing for a fortune 100 company had 10 me for this moment. I was ready to become a motivational speaker.
When I tearfully told my boss my 11, this incredible leader whom I respect so much replied, "12 with confidence and you will be successful".
Having made that decision, I was immediately 13. One week after I gave notice, my husband was 14 from his job. We needed both incomes to 15 the monthly mortgage payment(抵押贷款). It was 16 to go back to my former company, but I didn't. I decided I still wanted to move forward 17 end up with a mouth full of "if onlys" later on. A motivational speaker was born.
When I held 18 to my dream, even during the tough times, the miracles really began to happen. In a short time period my husband found a better job. And I was able to book several 19 engagements with new clients. I discovered the incredible power of dreams. To celebrate my success I had a local artist paint my new office as a garden. At the top of one wall she painted, "The world always 20the dreamer."
We love letters. Just as John Donne, a poet, 1 it, "Letters, to me and my friends mean 2 greetings; they get souls together. Thanks to letters, friends who are 3 speak." He wrote these words nearly 400 years ago. Today, in the age of instant text message, social media, and email, they 4 ring truer than ever, because writing or receiving a letter has become such a 5 event.
A UK-wide survey undertaken by Sunday Times suggests that one in four of us has not 6 a letter for at least 10 years. That's ten years without the bitter-sweet 7 of pacing the floor waiting for the 8; ten years without recognizing the handwriting on the envelope and eagerly 9 the letter to read its content.
We 10 not get them any more, but we still love handwritten letters. In the same survey, one third of 11people interviewed say that they 12 the content of sentimental (充满情感的) letters. Shouldn't we make 13 to give our friends and families what they will treasure forever? Ann Bickley went online in 2013 and offered to handwrite a letter to anyone who 14 her. Her website received 50,000 15 in its first three months. Five years later, she is still the main 16 behind one-million-lovely-letter.com and has personally written 4,000 letters offering hope and 17 to strangers.
The thought behind a letter 18 as much as its contents. "I never tell anyone that 19 is going to be OK," Ann Bickley says, "I am letting someone know that there is someone in the world who20them."
Who wouldn't love to receive a letter like that? Let's get writing!
John's parents acquired the washer when he was a small boy. It happened during World War Ⅱ. His family never 1 a washing machine and, since gasoline was expensive, they could not 2 trips to the laundry several miles away. Keeping clothes 3 became a problem for young John's household.
A family friend joined the army, and his wife 4 to go with him. John's family 5 to store their furniture while they were away. To the family's 6, the friend suggested they use their Bendix. So this is how they 7 the washer.
Young John helped with the washing, and across the years he 8 a love for the old, green Bendix. But 9 the war ended. When the friends came to take it back, John grew terribly 10. His mother 11 him and said. "You must remember, that machine 12 belonged to us in the first place. That we ever got to use it at all was a gift. So, instead of being mad at it being taken 13, let's use this 14 to be grateful that we had it at all."
The lesson turned out 15. Years later, John watched his eight-year-old daughter die a slow and painful death of leukemia (白血病). Though he 16 for months with her death, John could not begin getting over from the 17 until he remembered the old Bendix.
His daughter was a 18. When he realized the simple fact, everything changed. He could now begin recovering from the death of his daughter. He started to see her as a marvelous gift that he was fortunate enough to 19 for a time. He felt 20. He found strength and recovery. He knew he could get through the valley of loss.
Thanks to the power of the Internet, many people have become superstars overnight. Their 1 is felt online in catchphrases (名言), photos and videos that 2 around the Internet. They have gotten famous 3 the unique luck of becoming an Internet celebrity.
This global phenomenon has certainly caught on in the US, and American high school students are no 4. Alex is one of their5.
Alex? A few months ago, he was a high school student living a 6life. He lived in Texas in the US. He woke up at 7 am for school. He had 144 followers on Twitter. But now everybody on social media knows him. How?
You must have had this experience. You were waiting in line for the 7 in a store when you realized that your cashier was smoking 8. Well, that's exactly what happened to someone who saw Alex. He was working in a chain store one weekend and a teen girl took his photo and posted it on the Internet. She 9 a caption (文字说明) naming the store, writing, "This is Alex from Target," and teen girls soon began 10 the picture on every social media platform.
Alex, who worked in the Target store all clay, had no idea that he had become a sensation. He only felt 11 when he noticed his checkout line had gotten 12 long. Then his Target manager showed him the online photo.
Alex's life began to 13. He got thousands of followers on Twitter, a social network, within the first 24 hours and his new fans even tried to 14 which Target store he worked at. "I was getting tons of texts," Alex said. "They all said 'This is crazy, you're famous.
15 , Alex also paid the 16 for fame when he received criticism and verbal 17. Many have taken to social media to call Alex names. Twitter is full of 18 criticizing his looks.
Alex has tried to19the criticism. He says he wants to take what he learned from his days of being bullied and help to 20teenagers who are experiencing meanness online.