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大学英语四六级晨读经典365:春日激情篇 92 The True Meaning of a Real Millionaire 百万富翁的真谛(mp3)

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财富永远属于那些有眼光、有勇气、有毅力的人。金币不会从天而降,富翁也不是天生的。
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92 The True Meaning of a Real Millionaire 百万富翁的真谛

Twenty years ago, I began studying how people become millionaires. Surveying residents of posh neighborhoods across the country, I discovered something odd. Many who live in expensive homes and drive luxury cars don't have much wealth. They may earn a fair amount of money, but they spend it all.
20年前,我开始研究人们是如何成为百万富翁的。通过调查全国许多豪华住宅区的居民,我发现了一些奇怪的现象:很多住着豪宅开着名车的人其实并不很特别富有。他们可能赚很多钱,但他们总是能够花光。

Then I discovered something even odder:many who have a great deal of wealth don't live in posh in posh neighborhoods. In one large metropolitan area I sureyed, fewer than half the millionaires lived in high-rent districts.
后来我还发现了更为奇怪的现象:许多真正富有的人并没有住在这些豪华住宅区的漂亮房子里。在一个我所调查过的很大的城区里,也只有不到一半的富翁们住在房租高昂的地区。

That small insight changed my life. It led me out of an academic career (I was a professor of marketing at Georgia State University), inspired me to write three books on affluence, and made me an adviser to corportations that sell products to individuals with high net worth.
这个小小的调查改变了我的一生。它使我放弃了学术生涯(我当时在佐治亚州立大学作市场营销教授)。它还激发我写了三本关于如何发家致富的书,还担任了好几家公司的顾问,这些公司都是向顾客销售利润很高的产品的。

What most people don't realize is that wealth isn't the same as income. If you, make $1 million a year and spend $1 million, you're not getting wealthier, you're just living high. Wealth is what you accumulate, not what you spend.
许多人都没有意识到的一点是财富并不等同于收入。如果你一年赚100万,同时又花费100万,那么你并没有变得更加富有财富在于你积累了多少,而不是花费了多少。

How do you become wealth? There, too, most people have it wrong. It's rarely luck or inheritance or even intelligence that builds fortunes. Wealth is more often the inexorable result or a person's hard work, perseverance and, most of all, self - discipline.
那么,怎么做你才能成为富翁?关于这一点,许多人的理解也错了。财富很少是靠好运、继承,甚至智慧建立起来的。财富更多的是个人勤奋努力、锲而不舍的成果,尤其是自律。

Who tends to become wealthy? Not the exotic back - stabbers and dabblers in high finance you see depicted on TV. The average person with a net worth of $1 million or more is usually a businessman who has lived all his adult life in the same town. He owns a small factory, a chain of stores or a service company. Married once, and still married, he lives in a middle - class neighborhood, next to people with a fraction of his wealth. He's compulsive saver and investor. And he's made his money on his own:80% percent of American's millionaires are first - generation rich.
谁能成为富翁呢?并不是那些你在电视中看到的暗箭伤人者和巨额融资者。大多数拥有百万或者百万以上资产的富翁通常都只是在某个小镇上生活了一辈子的商人拥有一间小型工厂、一系列连锁商店或一家服务公司。只结过一次婚,而且没有离婚。他很可能住在一个中产阶级的街区,附近的居民跟他的财富相比望尘莫及。他很注重节俭和投资。他的财产是靠自己挣来的:80%的美国百万富翁是白手起家的。

So millionaires are dull? By Hollywood standards, maybe. But these dull folks have something exciting to teach about money.
这样一来。百万富翁的故事也就索然寡味了吗?用好莱坞的标准来看也许是的。但是这些无趣的人,在金钱问题上,却能给人以很好的启示。

Attitude is the greatest difference between millionaires and the rest of us.
富翁与我们常人的最大区别在于处世态度的不同。

英语词汇注释

resident n. 居民
odd adj. 古怪的
high-rent adj. 高租金的
affluence n. 富裕
corporation n. 公司
accumulate vt. 积聚
inheritance n. 遗传,遗产
inexorable adj. 不为所动的,冷酷的
perseverance n. 毅力,忍耐
dabbler n. 业余家,半玩半认真做的人

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