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SAT范文:Is it best to have low expectations and to set goals we are sure of achieving?

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摘要: It is easy to attain goals that are set at a modest level, within one’s area of comfort. Despite a high success rate, modes...

It is easy to attain goals that are set at a modest level, within one’s area of comfort. Despite a high success rate, modest goals cannot reveal one’s true capabilities. It is important to set goals that reside above and beyond one’s level of comfort, such that one can discover true potential. Examples from real life and literary works attest to the fact that setting high goals brings one closer to ideal life.
Take the example of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was born to a family of clerks in Illinois. He led a humble childhood in a small, one room cabin. Despite of these modest conditions, Lincoln wanted his political thought to be known and expressed to the rest of the nation. Consequently, he set a rather high goal- becoming the President of the United States. Through determination and applying the principle of honesty towards his work, Lincoln eventually achieved his dream. Although Lincoln came from a modest background, he didn’t hesitate to set goals beyond what he considered as his limits.This suggests that the only way to become successful is through the process of setting and attaining high goals.
The Apollo Project, initiated by NASA fosters a similar situation. During the Soviet-American space race of the 1950s, NASA declared its intentions to send astronauts to the moon. Most of the American people scoffed at the idea. The USSR was ahead of the USA in terms of aerospace technology, and the goal itself seemed unfeasible. Moon missions could only be encompassed within the pages of science fiction novels. Despite of discouraging remarks from the public, the Apollo team was able to send men to the moon via Apollo 11 in 1969. By setting a goal that seemed out of reach, NASA achieved an aerospace feat that is yet to be duplicated by other nations. The Apollo project is regarded as the hallmark of NASA’s creations.
The novel, In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck also exhibits the same issue. The novel centers on the lines of migrant workers during the Great Depression. The workers wished to strike for a higher wage, however, this was deemed impossible due to the unstable economic situations. After meeting Communist revolutionaries Jim and Marc, the union sets the high goal of conducting a successful strike against the employer. Through the leadership of Jim and Marc, this goal is achieved. This novel shows how setting large-scale goals lead to an epic amount of positive social change.
Through the evidence found in literature and history, it can be noted that setting high goals is a necessity. Setting goals superior to one’s safe limits will enable one to discover what they are truly capable of, and bring them closer to the ideal life.

 

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