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华尔街的赚钱经 第60期:隔夜快递之父(2)

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Leadership

领导力

Fred Smith was just 27 when he founded Fed Ex. Thirty-five years later, he's still at the helm. Heattributes the success of the company to leader ship, pure and simple-something he picked up from his years in the military, and from his family.

弗里德·史密斯在创办联邦快递时只有27岁。如今,35 年过去了,他依旧坐在掌舵人的位置上。史密斯把公司的成功完全归功于他的领导方法——纯粹而简单——这是军队和家庭教给他的。

华尔街的赚钱经

Frederick Wallace Smith was born into a wealthy family on August 11, 1944 in Mississippi. After his father's death, when he was four years old, his mother, Sally Smith, often talked to the boy about her late husband. "I kept his father alive in his mind all those years," she recalled. "I told him how much big Fred loved him, and how much he wanted him to have the best education possible. And how much he was certain his son would surpass his achievements in business."

弗里德·华莱士·史密斯于 1944年8月11日出生在密西西比州的一个富有家庭。在他只有4岁时,父亲去世了。在那之后,母亲萨利·史密斯经常给儿子讲丈夫生前的故事。她回忆道,“那些年我一直都努力让他在心中记住他爸爸。我告诉他,爸爸是多么爱他,多么想让他接受最好的教育,又是多么确信他儿子将大大超过他在商业上的成就。”

As a child, Smith suffered from Legg-Calve-Pthes disease, which is characterized by the interruption in the blood supply to the thighbones and the consequent improper development of one or both legs. Unable to walk normally, Smith was picked on by bullies, and he learned to defend himself by swinging at them with his crutch. Reportedly cured of the disease by the age of 10, he became a star athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball.

儿时,史密斯曾患股骨病,这种疾病会中断股骨供血,最终导致一条腿或双腿发育畸形。因此史密斯无法像健全人那样行走,为此经常被欺负,后来他学会了挥动拐杖来自卫。据说,10岁那年病愈后,史密斯成了体育明星,足球、篮球和棒球,样样精通。

Smith's grandfather had captained a Mississippi River steamboat; his father built the Grey hound Bus Linein the South, expanding his fortune along with the routes. Smith says he was just four when his father died, "so he probably served as a near mythical role model for me."

史密斯的祖父曾是密西西比号汽轮的船长;父亲在南部创建了灰狗巴士公司,赚了不少钱。由于父亲在他只有四岁时就去世了,“所以对我来说,他就是一个近乎虚构的榜样。”

注释:

1.military n. 军队;军方;军人

例句:In pure military terms, the Great Wall turned out to be something of a failure.

从纯军事角度来看,长城可以算是一个失败的工程。

2.surpass vt. 超越;胜过,优于;非…所能办到或理解

例句:God wants you to go beyond the normal and surpass what is required of you. 上帝想让你超出正常人,超越你被要求的那个样子。

3.consequent n. 结果

例句:If we got an if then statement are we asserting an antecedent, an if clause or the consequent, Q the then clause, or are we saying if P then Q. 如果我们的论述中有如果,我们在主张先行词,假设条件句或者结果,然后从句,或者我们说如果P那么。

4.mythical adj. 神话的;虚构的

例句:Yet because it's not a new miracle cure on the market, and it's not a mythical super food, it's not news at all. 但是因为它不是市场上新出现的神奇疗法,也不是什么神话般的超级食物,它一点都不新奇,根本不是什么新闻。

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