“Too big to fail.”
Have you heard that expression before?
I heard it recently when I was watching the news.
The reporter was talking about Trump’s debt problem in the ‘90s.
He said because Trump owed so much money – millions, billions?– it wasn’t possible for him to go bankrupt; it would have been too big of a disaster.
So he was too big to fail.
Here’s another expression I heard recently which I like better:
“Too small to fail.”
It means if you want to start a positive habit, start small.
This is what successful people do.
But what does the typical person do?
The exact opposite.
If he wants to lose weight he runs five miles the first day.
The second day his muscles hurt.
And then he quits.
A much smarter strategy is to set a goal that is so small it’s impossible to not do it.
Then you succeed.
You feel good.
And you naturally start to do more and more.
So what’s your “too small to fail” goal for English?
Here’s An Idea To Get Started
Read one news headline every morning.
- Set your home page to bbc.com (or if you want something easier: learningenglish.voanews.com)
- When you start your computer every morning read one headline before you do anything else
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