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Success in Business 101

A brief look at the key trait that screams, "SUCCESS!"

By Tracy Lee Brown and Gordon Chatterlin

We're all aware that it's not always easy to be successful in this cutthroat business world. Nevertheless, countless executives succeed and make millions, some even billions. What's their secret?

We interviewed several business leaders to discover the key element to their effectiveness. Here is the one response they all had in common:

Be positive. Seems pretty straightforward, right? But sometimes it's not as simple as it seems to keep smiling when stocks are down or profits are lower than usual. However, we found that with every successful individual we interviewed, positivity was a shared trait.

Mark Wales, the Chairman of ComUnited, said, "I have never had much

trouble being an optimist. In this industry, I have suffered many setbacks. Yet, I didn't let myself get discouraged. You have to keep giving your best effort. With a positive attitude, you'll find the success you're hoping for."

Another financial expert, Darren Atwood, the CEO of Ride Zoo, explained, "In the past, I found myself at times in a pessimistic state of mind. We all tend to have experiences that make us feel overwhelmed and worried. During these moments, I learned that it is best to work hard to change your thinking. See the good in life and in your situation. Positivity is the key."

So, when you hit a stumbling block in your business endeavors, just remember what these successful individuals recommend: Stay positive.

What is one specific piece of advice that the financial experts interviewed give on keeping a positive attitude?

(A) Do not allow yourself to get upset if stocks are down or profits are lower than usual.
(B) Do not become discouraged if your business endeavors fail or your paycheck is short.
(C) Adjust your way of thinking and see the good in your life and in your situation.
(D) Focus your thinking on your successes and forget about all your negative experiences

ans (C) Adjust your way of thinking and see the good in your life and in your situation.

In this article, what does the pronoun they refer to?

(A) the leaders in the industry
(B) the key elements
(C) the countless executives
(D) the business world

ans (B) the key elements
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#2-- You have not marked the pronoun in the text.
We interviewed several business leaders to discover the key element to their effectiveness. Here is the one response they all had in common: Be positive. Seems pretty straightforward, right?
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aradhana Seems pretty straightforward, right?
Not if you answered B. B is wrong.
ans (A) the leaders in the industry
Right.
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Could you please evaluate below passage?

Pure Sky Productions
Memo
To: All Staff
From: Larry Kim, CEO
Date: August 17
Subject: Welcome, Martha Frank
I'm happy to announce that Martha Frank will be the new Financial Director of Pure Sky Productions. This is great news for us.
Ms. Frank will be leading Pure Sky Productions as we expand into markets in Europe, Asia, and South America.
Ms. Frank was the Financial Director of Marcus Entertainment in Chicago for 10 years. She helped that company strengthen their international markets. Before Marcus Entertainment, she was the Financial Director of several other successful production companies including MAX Associates and Studio One. She has degrees in both business and finance and is a leading expert in the field. I'm very pleased that she is joining our finance team.
Please join me in welcoming Ms. Frank. Her first day will be September 1, and her main office will be at our headquarters in New York City. She will travel this fall to visit all company sites. I hope that everyone will be able to meet her.
This will be an exciting time for our company. A press release is attached. Please contact my office if you have any questions.
- Larry Kim, CEO, Pure Sky Productions
What does the passage say about Martha Frank?
(A) She will only work in internet markets.
(B) She is an experienced Financial Director.
(C) She is living and working in New York City.
(D) She was recently promoted to Financial Director.

ans (B) She is an experienced Financial Director.
In this passage, what does the term strengthen mean?
(A) improve
(B) distribute
(C) design
(D) advertise

ans (A) improve
Right and right. You still did not mark the word in the text. I do not appreciate having to look for it every time.
Sorry Sir.Please evaluate below question

She helped that company strengthen their international markets. Before Marcus Entertainment, she was the Financial Director of several other successful production companies including MAX Associates and Studio One

ans (B) She is an experienced Financial Director.
In this passage, what does the term strengthen mean?
(A) improve
(B) distribute
(C) design
(D) advertise

ans (A) improve
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