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  1. Success
  2. Realize Your Ambitions...
  3. Failure is a Stepping Stone to Success
  4. Failure is the Mother of Success
  5. Any success can not compensate...
  6. Do not fear the task,...
  7. Dream Come True / Enjoy Success
  8. Achievement / Accomplishment
  9. Without a big net, how can you catch fish?
10. Perseverance is the Key
11. Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea


Success

China chéng gōng
Japan seikou
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This Chinese and Japanese word for "success" is often used to refer to "career success", but is also used for other successes in life.

It matches the western dictionary definition of "The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted". And it's also used it this old Chinese proverb: Failure is the Mother of Success which means Failure is the Mother of Success.

Sometimes this word is translated as prosperity, but success, succeed, or successfully are more correct definitions.


See Also...  Prosperity

Realize Your Ambitions
Ride on the Crest of Success

China dà jiǎn hóng tú
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This four-character proverb is used in Chinese to mean "realize your ambitions" or "exhibit your ambition and success". It's used to talk about someone with great career ambitions. Almost literally, it expresses the idea of someone unfolding a great career like a map or a set of blueprint plans.

Very literally translated, these four characters mean, "Great unfolding of a huge map" or "Great exhibition of an colossal plan".

Failure is a Stepping Stone to Success

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Japan sittpai wa seikou no moto
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This Japanese proverb literally reads, "failures/mistakes/blunders are the yeast-starter/yeast-mash of success".

Basically, it suggests that failures are a necessary part of success; Just as bread or beer requires yeast to successfully rise or brew/ferment.

Failure is the Mother of Success

China shī bài shì chéng gōng zhī mǔ
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This proverb means exactly what you think.

Every failure that you experience is a chance to learn from it and find success.

Knowing what does not work is just as important as finding out what does work.


See Also...  Experience Is The Mother Of Wisdom

Any success can not compensate
for failure in the home

China suǒ yǒu de chéng gōng dōu
wú fǎ bǔ cháng jiā tíng de shī bài
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This Chinese proverb could also be translated in English as "No success can compensate for failure in the home".

Also, the word for "home" can be exchanged with "family".

Do not fear the task,
cooperation will lead to success

Do not fear strong winds waves; just be sure to row in unison
China bù pà fēng làng dà jiù pà jiǎng bù qí
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This Chinese proverb literally translates as: Do not fear strong winds [and] high waves; what [one should] worry about whether or not you're rowing in unison.

Figuratively, this means: However difficult the task, the key to success lies in making collective efforts.

I like to translate this as, "Don't sweat the details, just get together and get it done".

Dream Come True / Enjoy Success

China dé zhì
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This Chinese word means to accomplish one's ambition, a dream come true, or to enjoy your success.

Achievement / Accomplishment

China chéng jiù
Japan jouju
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This is the word most often used in Chinese, Korean and Japanese to mean accomplishment or achievement.

This word can also be used to mean success, attain a result, fulfillment, realization, or completion.

Without a big net, how can you catch fish?

China bù sā dà wǎng bù dé dà yú
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This Chinese proverb literally translates as: [if one does] not cast a big net, [one can] not get big fish.

Figuratively, this means: One cannot make great accomplishments without making great efforts or taking great pains.

This is sort of the fishing version of, "No pain, no gain".

Perseverance is the Key

Skills cannot be perfected without perseverance in practice
China bú pà liàn bù chéng jiù pà xīn bù héng
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This literally translates as: Do not worry about not being able to master [a skill]; What [one should] be concerned about is lack of perseverance.

Figuratively, this means: One's skills cannot be perfected without perseverance in practice.

For me, I've learned that you can only get so much from school or studying. You've really got to do "on-the-job training" to perfect your ability and skill.

For martial arts students: You can read about a kick in a book, or someone can tell you about a certain kick, but until you practice the kick, there's no way you'll master it.

Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea

China qiān lǜ yī dé
Japan senryonoittoku
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This literally means, "1000 tries, 1 success", or "[a] thousand tries [leads to] one success".

This is a humble way to take of your success, ideas, or accomplishments. As if you are a fool who just got lucky in inventing or creating something.

Translations for this proverb include:
Even without any notable ability on my part, I may still get it right sometimes by good luck.
Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea.


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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.


A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.




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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Success成功
成功
seikou
seiko
chéng gōng
cheng gong
ch`eng kung
cheng2 gong1
chenggong
chengkung
cheng kung
Realize Your Ambitions
Ride on the Crest of Success
大展宏图
大展宏圖
n/adà jiǎn hóng tú
da jian hong tu
ta chien hung t`u
da4 jian3 hong2 tu2
dajianhongtu
tachienhungtu
ta chien hung tu
Failure is a Stepping Stone to Success失敗は成功のもと
失敗は成功のもと
sittpai wa seikou no moto
sittpaiwaseikounomoto
sittpai wa seiko no moto
n/a
Failure is the Mother of Success失败是成功之母
失敗是成功之母
n/ashī bài shì chéng gōng zhī mǔ
shi bai shi cheng gong zhi mu
shih pai shih ch`eng kung chih mu
shi1 bai4 shi4 cheng2 gong1 zhi1 mu3
shibaishichenggongzhimu
shih pai shih cheng kung chih mu
Any success can not compensate
for failure in the home
所有的成功都无法补偿家庭的失败
所有的成功都無法補償家庭的失敗
n/asuǒ yǒu de chéng gōng dōu wú fǎ bǔ cháng jiā tíng de shī bài
suo you de cheng gong dou wu fa bu chang jia ting de shi bai
so yu te ch`eng kung tou wu fa pu ch`ang chia t`ing te shih pai
suo3 you3 de cheng2 gong1 dou1 wu2 fa3 bu3 chang2 jia1 ting2 de shi1 bai4
so yu te cheng kung tou wu fa pu chang chia ting te shih pai
Do not fear the task, cooperation will lead to success不怕风浪大就怕桨不齐
不怕風浪大就怕槳不齊
n/abù pà fēng làng dà jiù pà jiǎng bù qí
bu pa feng lang da jiu pa jiang bu qi
pu p`a feng lang ta chiu p`a chiang pu ch`i
bu4 pa4 feng1 lang4 da4 jiu4 pa4 jiang3 bu4 qi2
pu pa feng lang ta chiu pa chiang pu chi
Dream Come True / Enjoy Success得志
得誌
n/adé zhì
de zhi
te chih
de2 zhi4
dezhi
Achievement / Accomplishment成就
成就
jouju
joju
chéng jiù
cheng jiu
ch`eng chiu
cheng2 jiu4
chengjiu
chengchiu
cheng chiu
Without a big net, how can you catch fish?不撒大网不得大鱼
不撒大網不得大魚
n/abù sā dà wǎng bù dé dà yú
bu sa da wang bu de da yu
pu sa ta wang pu te ta yü
bu4 sa1 da4 wang3 bu4 de2 da4 yu2
busadawangbudedayu
Perseverance is the Key不怕练不成就怕心不恒
不怕練不成就怕心不恆
n/abú pà liàn bù chéng jiù pà xīn bù héng
bu pa lian bu cheng jiu pa xin bu heng
pu p`a lien pu ch`eng chiu p`a hsin pu heng
bu2 pa4 lian4 bu4 cheng2 jiu4 pa4 xin1 bu4 heng2
pu pa lien pu cheng chiu pa hsin pu heng
Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea千虑一得
千慮一得
senryonoittokuqiān lǜ yī dé
qian lv yi de
ch`ien lü i te
qian1 lv4 yi1 de2
qianlvyide
chienlüite
chien lü i te

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