Life Is Like a Cafeteria

生活就像自助餐

    A friend’s grandfather came to America from Eastern Europe. After being processed at Ellis Island, he went into a cafeteria in lower Manhattan to get something to eat. He sat down at an empty table and waited for someone to take his order. Of course nobody did. Finally, a woman with a tray full of food sat down opposite him and informed him how a cafeteria worked.

   “Start out at that end,” she said. “Just go along the line and pick out what you want. At the other end they’ll tell you how much you have to pay.”

   “I soon learned that’s how everything works in America,” the grandfather told a friend.“Life’s a cafeteria here. You can get anything you want as long as you are willing to pay the price. You can even get success, but you’ll never get it if you wait for someone to bring it to you. You have to get up and get it yourself.”

    朋友的祖父,当年从东欧来到美国。他到达爱利斯岛,然后走进了曼哈顿的一间餐馆想找点东西吃。他坐在空无一物的餐桌旁,等着有人拿菜单来为他点菜。当然不会有人来。他等了许久,最后有个女人端着满满一盘食物过来,坐在了他的对面,并且告诉他自助餐馆是怎么回事。

   “在那头开始。你挨个地选择你想吃的菜。等你选完到另一头他们会告诉你该付多少钱。”

“我很快就知道了,这就是美国做事的法则。”祖父后来对一个朋友讲。“在这里人生就是一顿自助餐。只要你愿意付费,你想要什么都可以。你可以获得成功,但如果你只是一味地等着别人把它拿给你,你将永远也成功不了。你必须站起身来,自己去拿。”

    这是美国法则,也是所有成功者的法则。

 

心灵悟语

   坐在那里等着成功么?那么你所能成就的就只有等待。站起来,行动起来,去寻找自己需要的一切,这就是成功的规则。