TOEFL Essay Topic 103 - In your opinion, what is the most important characteristic (for example, honesty, intelligence, a sense of humor) that a person can have to be successful in life? Use specific reasons and examples from your experience to explain your answer. When you write your answer, you are not limited to the examples listed in the prompt.
In our modern competitive society, everybody talks about success, values it and pursues it. While I think the most important
In our modern competitive society, everybody talks about success, values it and pursues it. While I think the most important characteristic to be successful is intelligence.
I still remember, when I was a schoolchild, my mother has told me If there were only one student in your class got full mark, it should be you. I was impressed by these words deeply. These words and my own consequent experience make me to believe that success is just like a competition, in which you must overdo yourself as well as other people and the final winner gets the final success. To win this competition, the first and the most important characteristic you need to have is intelligence.
The first reason that I attribute success to intelligence is that it can tell your difference from other people, show your particular and excellent talent which shines over other people. And when you can do things that people can not do, in most circumstances, it means you will succeed. An instance to illustrate this is from my own experience of a presentation in economic class. In the class, the professor arranged us to discuss the reasonable methods to break the current monopoly of China Telecommunications Company. All my classmates lead the possible solution to separate the company except I suggested an opposite view. I argue that considering that China faced the entry of WTO, maintaining the current monopoly was much more beneficial for China to compete with the invading foreign telecommunications companies in the future. As a result, the professor was attracted by my fresh opinion and gave my presentation a high mark. While I should say, that was the capacity of observing and analyzing, just the intelligence, granted me the success.
The second reason that I think intelligence is so important is that to acquire intelligence requires diligence which is an integral part of success. Diligence is the basis to be successful because the more hard working a person is the more he harvests. But only hard working doesnt equal to a sufficient way to success. Diligence is like a path leading to the destination of intelligence and brilliant talent at begins at diligence.
Of course, there are many other precious characteristics which is important to success such as honesty, bravery and even a sense of humor. But if a person wants to be the winner in the competition between you and other people, I think the most important item is intelligence.