2015年9月12日托福独立写作范文：In order to succeed, it is better to be like to others rather than different from everybody else.
Success can be perceived and achieved in many different ways. Some people believe being different holds the key while others attribute success to finding common grounds. I’d go for the former view because success depends on knowledge,experience and social circle.
First off, the acquisition of knowledge is a matter of individuality. The best problem-solving method varies from person to person. A strategy may work perfectly fine for one person, but would turn out to be counterproductive for another. Take my roommate for instance. He is usually spotted rushing from library to laboratory, from classroom to tennis court, burning mid-night oil to hit books before finals, and end up with straight A’s through every semester.Taking him as a role model, I started to follow suit. I signed up for various learning groups and it wasn’t long before I got more than I could handle on my plate and stretched myself too thin, eventually stressed out. It seems to me working around the clock may serve him well, but I’d suffer if I take it too far.
Second, there is no single way to success. When taking on a challenge, people who want to make a difference would think outside the box, trying out novel ideas and steering away from conventional routines. As Steve Jobs once put it,innovation distinguishes a leader and a follower. Being different and creative gives you what it takes to lead the tide. This gives them an edge to rise above the unpredictables. On the other hand, those who imitate and never bother to innovate are bound to be crowded out. For example, young people have a tendency to go abroad to widen their horizons. They believe such experience can cultivate critical thinking and offer different perspectives, which are essential in opening up job prospects after graduation. So when you choose a path less traveled, you are more likely to stand out and outshine the ordinary.
Lastly, people who are different from each other stand a better chance of long-lasting relationships. Sure, most people believe birds of a feather flock together; people sharing much in common are supposed to get along. But let’s face it, if two hot-tempered friends get into a fight, chances are they’d end up yelling, cursing or even calling names. Neither of them is willing to budge or meet halfway. If they stay mad at each other, the friendship would probably get stuck in a dead end. But if you try to think differently and stand in the shoes of your friend, you might handle the quarrel more properly. When people realize they are one of a kind, so is everybody else, they won’t force their own ideas on others and would think twice before offending people that are different from themselves.
To sum up, being different offers a unique way of learning, out-of-ordinary experience and better interpersonal relationships, all of which contribute to a more successful life.
We all admire the successful people. We always dream about that one day we might become as perfect as them. We do not have to worry about how to survive in this cruel society, we live in the life and enjoy it. In order to step on their path, we vigorously attend the speech they held to express how they achieve their goal and become the winners in their own life. However we are all different, their successful pattern might not be able to apply to us. For me I do not believe that we should duplicate any outstanding life pattern. Because we need to find out what we are really suitable for.
For example, once I really wanted to transfer my major to the department of law. I asked a lot of senior students, who had already succeed to do it, and enjoyed their new life in a new environment. I did what they told me to do, practicing a lot of exercises, writing down a lot of essays. But it did not work out, I failed, and all of these times I spent on it turned out to be a meaningless period. I fell behind my classmates who just focused on what they were really interested in. And I totally lost, could not find my way. Hence I understood the truth of success. Blindly following the path which not belonged to me is a ridiculous thing. Since everyone has their own passage to the success. In the end I went back to what I chose in the first place, and regain the meaningful college life.
Another example, I learned the meaning of being successful from the professor who is teaching in my original department. She was a prestigious student, after finished her degree in my department thirty years ago, she went to Stanford to study economy . She would have been an investment banker in Wall street, earning a lot of money, and having a high-classs level of life in Manhattan. Whereas she did not select the pathway which most of the graduated students in her department had chosen. She decided to go to Moscow to study what she really want to learn that had already been deep inside her heart for a long time. And finally she became the speaker to stand up on the stage to tell her story and warned the student she loved a lot not to be as same as others. She said that we have to be ourselves and do what we exactly aspire to be.
Through these things I did be sure that we can not be like others. Most important thing that we want to succeed is to figure out what we really want to do and being a doer to accomplish it.