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Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
People today spend too much time on personal enjoyment-doing things they like to do-rather than doing things they should do.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Nowadays, an increasing number of people focus on personal enjoyment, with an ignorance of things they should do. As for me, people should sometimes do things that they don’t enjoy doing. And things that aren’t "fun" are still beneficial for us in the long run.
From personal intends, hardly anyone does enjoy having their annual check-up with the doctor, rarely anyone does enjoy changing the oil in their car, and seldom anyone does enjoy mowing their lawns. However, these are all things we do because we have to, not because we want to. We realize that taking care of our physical health is the sensible thing to do. We know that if we don’t change the oil in our cars, our cars won’t run. We understand that grass grows and if we don’t mow it, our lawns will look like tropical forests.
Learning is another part deserves consideration. No students likes to be stuck with a tedious homework or to be told we have to study with someone no one else gets along with. No students likes to put up with unfair criticism from parents or resentment from those they custody with. No students likes to take numerous tests and exams or obey the order doing homework after school. None of these are fun things. Unfortunately, they’re all part of acquiring knowledge, something the great majority of students have to do. On the other hand, sometimes doing something we don’t enjoy doing can lead to enjoyment.
Simply by trying it again, we may decide we like doing it. For instance, we may have convinced ourselves we hate to dance. We agree to go to a club only to please someone else. Yet, for some reason, this time we enjoy dancing. We’ve been cheating ourselves of enjoyment without even knowing it. The same can be true of trying new foods or going to a new type of museum. Doing what we should do even if we don’t enjoy doesn’t always have to be a bother.
It is undeniable that being successful is enjoyable. Nevertheless, it is absolutely unrealistic to think we can be successful in the long run by only doing what we enjoy doing. A skyscraper often amaze people by the magnificent appearance, however, at the same time, people neglect the very fact that the skyscraper had been taken a long time to construct, maybe much longer time to be designed, and possibly people’s lives were sacrificed during the constructing process.
From all intends and purposes, things that are necessary are not always enjoyable and things that are enjoyable sometimes may be unnecessary. Doing things that are necessary rather than those that are merely enjoyable is not only helpful, but might also be indispensable for individual success. We all admire those who now have attained great achievements, let’s take examples of prominent celebrities like pianist Lang Lang. We should, however, be aware of the exorbitant prices they have paid for their present glories. During the interview in THE TIME 100, the world’s Most Influential People, Lang Lang once told that when he was four years old, he and his partners were required to practice more than 1 or 2 hours a day; and earlier he was sent to be an apprentice when he was hardly three. Apparently, those seemingly cruel hardships have turned out to be the best gift years later. But for yesterday’s struggle, today’s glories could not exist.
Like a saying goes, ‘No sweet without sweat’. Things that are both enjoyable and necessary or both unenjoyable and unnecessary virtually seldom exist. We may dislike some curriculums in university, such as mathematics or history, but they are necessary; we may prefer leisure times to work days, but the latter are indispensable. Pursuing a successful life is nothing more than making wise decisions, and by "wise" we mean the choice of doing the necessary first.