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Aguilera 1 Claudia Aguilera Basic Composition Final Draft 2 Monday, 03-10-2011 Donna Cantor How to Succeed in Life The word success has different meanings for everybody. Every parent has their own way of parenting, based, most of the time on the way they were raised. Adam Gopnik, an American author, discusses in his essay “Bumping into Mr. Ravioli” (153-160), some issues he has with his own daughter Olivia growing up in a very large city like New York City. Gopnik also shows the difficulties of having a busy life and how this influences on the way Olivia could be in the future and the level of successfulness in her life. At the same time Amy Chua, a professor of Law at Yale Law School, describes in her essay “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior” (51-56), how she raised her two daughters Sophia and Louisa to be two totally independent and successful girls. She mentions that the way that most Chinese mothers raise their children is completely different than the way Western mothers do. She also explains how after all the strictness the outcome that comes out of that toughness is successful human beings. The values that we are taught while growing up, influences the types of success we expect from others, especially from our children. In parenting, success is measured on the way children come out to be, and on what parents ex- pect from them. Success is measured according to the results one seeks and the expectations that others, especially our parents, want from us. For most parents, their children’s success is based on how much time they put in to help them become better at everything they do. Some parents look after their children and make de-
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Aguilera 2 cisions that sometimes are viewed by others as if they were not the right ones. In Chua’s essay she tells a story about an episode she had with her daughter when she was younger as she men- tions that, “We worked on it nonstop for a week, drilling each of her hands separately, over and over. But whenever we tried the hands together, one always morphed into the other, and everything fell apart” (55). Here author Chua describes how much effort she is willing to put in to help her daughter. Lulu, as the family call Louisa, was having trouble getting right one piece
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