4. «By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail» is a popular saying. Describe a time when you spent a lot of time preparing for a project, job, or performance. How did you prepare?
Were you successful because of your preparation?
Can people be successful without being prepared?
These words belong to Benjamin Franklin who was a man of action. Over his lifetime, his curiosity and passion fueled a diverse range of interests. He was a writer, publisher, diplomat, inventor and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was responsible for establishing the first public library, organizing fire fighters in Philadelphia, was one of the early supporters of mutual insurance and crossed the Atlantic eight times. Self-development was a constant endeavor throughout his incredible life. So we can see that Benjamin Franklin was clearly a man who knew how to get things done. This quotation isn’t his only one about preparation, success and hard work. I believe that preparation is integral to success in any field or any situation. I also think that this quote is about planning because you need a plan to accomplish your goals. Charging in without giving any thought to the end result and how to achieve it, is a sure way to fall flat on your face. A person should have a realistic plan of attack and a systematic approach for getting where you need to be. I want to prove this quotation by telling my story. Once my father asked me to help him with his foreign partners. My task was to interpret at the meeting because my father doesn’t know English well. Even though I have been learning English from the first grade and dedicated a lot of time to it I am still far from being perfect. So I knew that it’s a great responsibility and I had to do it well. I asked my dad to tell me about the purpose of the meeting and a little bit about some details that I should have known beforehand. This information is always necessary to be prepared well. So I spent a lot of time...
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