Joined Phát Âm Hay for a short time, Son Pham figured out that he had trouble in pronouncing common mispronounced sounds such as /th/, /s/, /z/, american /r/ and so on. He was a quick and smart learner as I just needed to explain the technique for him only once. Thanks to his patience and practicing seriously in the class, he is now more confident in speaking even though he still has to practice a lot.
This is his final exam after two months studying:
So I’d say the real gift isn’t talent, it’s the ability to work hard. And we tend to underestimate work and overestimate smarts. But in the end, work wins over smarts.
In fact, many successful people aren’t the smartest, they just work the hardest.
So how did I achieve some success and wealth? I just worked hard, many 60- to 80-hour weeks. And now I know I’m not alone. Thomas Stanley studied hundreds of millionaires, and he discovered most millionaires weren’t A students, didn’t score high on tests and teachers didn’t think they’d ever succeed. But they did succeed, because they worked hard.
So the good news is if you’re not the smartest, if you’re a C student, not an A student, the really good news is you can still succeed. Because the word “success” has two C’s and no A’s. You can still succeed as long as you work hard.