Being able to adapt yourself quickly to changing 1)circumstances and 2)emergencies without panic or loss of temper is a significant skill as you struggle toward success. Having a flexible 3)disposition means you must be like a 4)chameleon, quickly harmonizing with your environment.
This does not mean shedding your principles or 5)altering your goals. A chameleon is still a chameleon 6)regardless of whether it is brown or green. Flexibility means recognizing that your own mental attitude toward a situation determines if it is a disaster or a 7)boon. If your product fails the first time out, is that good or bad? If you have flexibility, it’s great. You have the opportunity to recognize flaws, to improve your product or its marketing early in the game. And because you have 8)PMA as well, you are in an even better position to seize that opportunity.
Flexibility also means that in every negotiation you understand that the other party’s needs and demands are ways in which you can better render the service you are offering in exchange.
Sincerity of Purpose
There is no 9)substitute for real commitment to your definite major purpose - sincerity of purpose or its lack - writes itself so indelibly into your words and deeds that anyone can recognize it.
If you have sincerity of purpose, it will strengthen every one of the other aspects of your 10)pleasing personality. What better compass could you have at a moment you must demonstrate flexibility than a true and lasting dedication to your definite major purpose?
Promptness of Decision
Successful people reach decisions definitely and quickly, and they become annoyed and are inconvenienced by others who do not. Prompt decision making is a habit, and it is supported by your positive mental attitude, which gives you confidence.
Opportunity is everywhere, but it is 11)fleet of foot. Even if you have the vision to recognize it, without a fast decision on your part, it will be gone.
Courtesy is nothing more than the habit of respecting other people’s feelings under all circumstances, the habit of going out of one’s way to help the less fortunate, the habit of controlling selfishness in all forms. Courtesy demonstrates the self-awareness born of your positive mental attitude and projects the worthiness of your goals and 13)proposals.
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1) circumstance [5sE:kEmstEns] n. 环境，情况
2) emergency [i5mE:dVEnsi] n. 紧急事件，紧急需要
3) disposition [dispE5ziFEn] n. 气质，情绪
4) chameleon [kE5mi:liEn] n. 变色龙
5) alter [5C:ltEr] v. 改变
6) regardless of 不管，不顾
7) boon [bu:n] n. 恩惠，方便
8) PMA即Positive Mental Attitude，积极的精神态度
9) substitute [5sQbstitju:t] n. 替代品
10) pleasing [5pli:ziN] a. 令人高兴的
11) fleet of foot 跑得快的
12) courtesy [5kE:tEsi] n. 谦恭，礼貌
13) proposal [prE5pEuzEl] n. 计划