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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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。内容来自 听力课堂网：http://www.tingclass.net/show-9452-336340-1.html