1.speculate v. 深思,推测,投机
It is trying to carry too many baskets that breaks most eggs in this country. He who carries three baskets must put one on his head,which is apt to tumble and trip him up. One fault of the American businessman is lack of concentration. To summarize what I have said:aim for the highest; never enter a bar room;do not touch liquor,or if at all only at meals;never speculate; never indorse beyond your surplus cash fund; make the firm's interest yours;break orders always to save owners;concentrate; put all your eggs in one basket,and watch that basket; expenditure always within revenue; lastly,be not impatient,for as Emerson says,"no one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourselves."
人们总是试图提很多篮子,所以才打破这个国家的大部分鸡蛋。提三个篮子的人,必须把一个顶在头上,而这个篮子很可能倒下来,把他自己绊倒。美国商人的一个缺点就是不够专注。 把我的话归纳一下:要志存高远;不要出入酒吧;要滴酒不沾,或要喝也只在用餐时喝少许;不要做投机买卖;不要寅吃卯粮;要把公司的利益当作自己的利益;取消订货的目的永远是为了挽救货主;要专注;要把所有的鸡蛋放在一个篮子里,然后小心地看好它;要量入为出;最后,要有耐心,正如爱默生所言,“谁都无法阻止你最终成功,除非你自己承认自己失败。”