1 – Guiding Questions:

(1) How would you define “failure”?

Failure is a relative concept, for it depends on our own value and
metrics. If our life goal is to be rich, then struggling in poor means

(2) How failures could be a blessing in disguise? Please include a
story of yours.

Improvement at anything is based on thousands of tiny failures, and the
magnitude of your success is based on how many times you’ve failed at

Five years ago, I failed the the national entrance examination for
postgraduate. It was a shock to me since I was quite confident about my
ability to take an exam. But now, I think that failure is good for my
development for the reason that I stop viewing myself as a special
talented person and change busloads of bad habits unawareness before.

(3) Who/What made us tend to avoid failure?

Avoiding failure comes from our education system, our overbearing or
critical parents and mass media. Our education system and overbearing or
critical parents tend to punish those who don’t do well and try new
stuff. On the other hand, all the mass media constantly expose us to
stellar success after success, while not showing us the thousands of
hours of dull practice and tedium that were required to achieve that

(4) Do you have any “VCR questions”? And what are they?

Now my “VCR questions” is “How could I start my plan of English
training?” After finishing this chapter, I think that what I need to do
is shut up and do it

(5) Have you done “do something” recently?  or are you going to do
some “do something”?

I have attended reading clubs to improve my English since I want to
teach children English in the future. I also need to take actions on
learning English teaching skills before the month end.

2 – Expressions

(1) right out of the gate

原文:… and I got to experience it right out of the gates.

from the start”, “from the very beginning”。

(2) Second Coming of Tesla

原文:To them, the fact that I could program the VCR without looking at
the instruction manual made me the Second Coming of Tesla.


Second Coming of 指的是“ … 的再次出现;…的复发”。W.B.
Yeats有一首诗就称为 The Second Coming(《基督再临/二度圣临》):

The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

能源公司,Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it

Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again; but now I know

That twenty centuries of stony sleep

Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

(3) in a daze

原文:I walked around in a daze for years, asking myself dumb VCR

意思:If someone is in a daze, they are feeling confused and
unable to think clearly, often because they have had a shock or
surprise. 迷惑。

daze相近意思的词有stupefaction, confusion, mental confusion,
confusedness, muddiness, disarray。