My Life Philosophy is a book giving inspirational advice to the younger generations and contains the wise words of 马云(the creator of the website Alibaba among other things). The book is definitely a good one to read if you are confident with your Chinese. Here is the blurb from the back of it, see what you think!

There are some key themes that remain consistent throughout the book. The idea of having a dream and being persistent. Let’s persist with our learning and nab some of those ever-useful key words.

Key Words

坚持 – To persist/persevere. This book is full of sentences such as 重要的事要坚持下去。

胸怀 –  An example of using 胸怀 could be that 宽阔的胸怀 means to be broad-minded. Whereas 胸怀狭窄 means to be narrow-minded. It is often used to talk about peoples ideals and the views they hold.

经验 – meaning experience. Someone can have a lot of 宝贵经验 which is valuable experience. Alternatively you could say 他是一位二十年教学经验的老师. This is a noun and should not be used to say that you have experienced something (that would need the verb form which is 经历)

绝大多数 – You may already know 大多数 meaning ‘majority’, well here is a way to say ‘large majority’. 绝大多数人说mychinesereading.com是一个非常好的网站.

The Blurb of “My Life Philosophy”

(Hover over the Chinese for pinyin)

男人的胸怀是被冤枉撑大的,受的冤枉越多,胸怀越大。一次次失败的积累,只要不把我打死,还会再来过。眼下的困境不是最重要的,关键是心存理想,把握自己的未来,看到事物积极的一面,改变自己。

眼界

我觉得最大的经验就是千万不要放弃,要勇往直前,而且不断地创新和突破,突破自己,直到找到一个方向为止。我觉得还有更重要的一点,我们今天面对将来的信心是来自我们前五年的残酷经验。今天很残酷,明天更残酷,后天会很美好,但绝大多数人都死在明天晚上,却见不到后天的太阳,所以我们干什么都要坚持!

梦想

作为一个创造者,首先要给自己一个梦想。我的梦想是建立自己的电子商务公司。人没有梦想,没有一个浪漫主义精神,是不会成功的。所以我想告诉大家,创业,做企业,其实很简单。一个强烈的欲望——-你想做什么事情,你想改变什么事情。你想清楚之后,要永远坚持这一点。创业要找最合适的人,不一定要找最成功的人。

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