Life is like a Cafeteria

A friend’s grandfather came to America from Eastern Europe. After settling down at Ellis Island, he went into a cafeteria in lower Manhattan to get something to eat. He sat down at an empty table and waited for someone to take his order.
Of course nobody did. Finally, a woman with a tray full of food sat down opposite him and informed him how a cafeteria worked.
Start out at that end, ”  she said. “Just go along the line and pick out what you want. At the other end they will tell you how much you have to pay. “
I soon learned that’s how everything works in America,  ” the grandfather told a friend.
“Life’s a cafeteria here. You can get anything you want as long as you are willing to pay the price. You can even get success. But you’ll never get it if you wait for someone to bring it to you. You have to get up and get it yourself. “
In fact, life everywhere is like a cafeteria. Don’t wait for things to happen to you. Success lies in your own hands.

一个朋友的祖父从东欧来到了美国。在埃里斯岛酒店放好行李(安顿好)后,他就去了一家位于曼哈顿下城区的自助餐厅吃饭。他找了一个空位坐下,然后等着服务人员拿菜单给他。
当然不会有人给他拿菜单。最后,一个拿着装满了食物的盘子的女人坐到了他的对面,然后告诉他如何吃自助餐。
“从尾部开始”,她说。“沿着这条线拿好你想要吃的东西。然后在另一端,收银员会告诉你多少钱。”
“我瞬间想明白了在美国应该如何做事(我瞬间了解了美国的工作方式),”祖父告诉一个朋友。
“生活在美国就像是自助餐,只要你愿意付钱,你就会得到任何你想要的东西。你甚至可以买到成功。但是你永远等不到你想要的一切。所以你不得不主动出击。”
事实上,哪里的生活都像是自助餐。不能只是等待,成功掌握在自己的手中,必须主动寻找。