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生命中最重要的东西2011年新概念英语考试辅导 生命中最重要的东西 One day an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget. 一天,一名时

生命中最重要的东西2011年新概念英语考试辅导
生命中最重要的东西
One day an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget.
  一天,一名时间管理专家在向一群在商业这一行打拼的学生讲课时,为了清楚地说明一个论点,他用了一个令学生们永远不会忘记的演示来表达。
  As he stood in front of the group of high-powered over-achievers he said, "Okay, time for a quiz.” Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed Mason jar and set it on the table in front of him.
  他站在这群精力充沛、成就出类拔萃的学生面前,说道:“好的,我们来做个测试。”然后,他拿出一个容量为一加仑的广口玻璃瓶,放在他面前的桌上。
  He then produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, "Is the jar full?"
  接着,他拿出十多个拳头大小的石块,将它们小心翼翼、一块一块地放进瓶子里。等石块填满到瓶口,再也塞不下时,他问:“(你们说),瓶子被装满了吗?”
  Everyone in the class said, "Yes."
  上课的学生都说:“满了。”
  He replied, "Really?"
  他的回应是∶“真的满了吗?”
  He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel, then dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the space between the big rocks.
  他伸手到桌下取出一桶碎石,接着,他将一些碎石倒进瓶子里,并摇晃着瓶子让碎石顺着石块之间的间隙里漏进瓶中。
  He asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?"
  他再一次地问这群学生:“瓶子被装满了吗?”
  By this time the class was on to him. "Probably not," one of them answered.
  这一次,学生们领悟到了一些他的意图。一个学生回答说,“可能还没满吧。”
  "Good!" he replied.
  他的回应是,“回答的好!”。
  He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, "Is the jar full?"
  他伸手到桌底下,拎出了一桶沙。他突然把沙往瓶子里倒,沙子漏进了石块与碎石之间残留的缝隙,到不能再倒进沙子时,他又一次问:“瓶子被装满了吗?”
  "No!" the class shouted.
  全班学生大声回答,“没装满!”
  Once again he said, "Good!"
  再一次地,他说道:“回答的好!”
  Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked at the class and asked, "What is the point of this illustration?"
  然后他又一把抓过一大罐水,开始往瓶子里倒,一直倒到水浸到瓶口。然后,他看着学生们,发问:“这个演示说明了什么要点?”
  One eager student raised her hand and said, "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some more things in!"
  一个学生急忙举起了她的手,回答:“要点是:不管你的日程安排得多紧,如果认真努力地想办法,你总是能够在其中安插更多的事情。”
  "Good answer, but no," the speaker replied, "that's not my point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all. What are the 'big rocks" in your life? In my life they are my children... my wife... my loved ones... my education... my dreams... charities and worthy causes... teaching or mentoring others... doing things that I love... time for myself... my health... Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you'll never get them in at all."

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