Different people have different definition of “success”. In my opinion, a successful person should try his best and overstep himself. I admire a person who is successful in China. The person is Cheng Fei who is a gymnast and has participated in Olympic games for many years.
In summer, Olympic games were held in Beijing. As a Chinese, I stayed at home in summer in order to support and watch the Olympic games through the TV. I was attracted by Cheng Fei in gymnastics. It is amazing that she showed numerous brilliant postures in different kinds of gymnastics. Unfortunately, she fell down from the balance beam so she lost a gold medal in her adept skill. Despite her careless mistake, she never gave up and she led her members to get gold medals as a team. I admire her very much and she is really successful.
For the success of Cheng Fei, special qualities are necessary. Firstly, she has relevant experience. She has participated in Olympic games before so she can share the experience with members and overcome the pressure. Secondly, she is calm. After she had a mistake, she could calm down at once. It is very difficult to control temper in a short time, but she could do it. Thirdly, she is resilient. I know that gymnasts must have training in China since they were just 6 or 7 years old. It was so difficult to overcome the homesickness as a child but Cheng Fei could. Also, the training was very harsh. She could not meet her parent, join extracurricular activities and even could not have their free time. It showed that Cheng Fei is independent and determined. I get to know above information from a TV program.
Beside the special qualities of Cheng Fei, the circumstances of China are also in favour of her development. Firstly, the government of China concentrates on gymnastics very much. There are some schools of gymnastics in China to cultivate gymnastics intently. Secondly, the competition is very intense in China. Thanks to the innumerable population in China, even gymnast pushes for participation in the Olympic games. If gymnast is sidetracked, he will be threatened by others easily. Because of these two main circumstances, Cheng Fei has become a successful gymnast.
Success does not depend on the result. It depends on your effort in the process, just like Cheng Fei.
(This article was published in MKP Daily on 17 September 2008)
1 Corinthians 13: 1 & 13
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.