Journey in Life: 09/18/16

Sunday, September 18, 2016

“Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations” nghĩa là gì?

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Các bạn có thể nghe nhiều về câu tục ngữ 'Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations', trong tiếng Nhật, cụm từ này tương đương “Rice paddies to rice paddies in three generations.”, người Scotland nói là “The father buys, the son builds, the grandchild sells, and his son begs.” và tiếng Tàu là “Wealth never survives three generations.” không ai giàu ba họ, không ai khó ba đời.

Ví dụ
There may be another phenomenon at work, however, one which folk wisdom has long recognized through the maxim "shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations." The authors argue that, while the process is less active in Europe, wealth tends to dissipate over the generations. In the U.S., they write, "extreme wealth is created and destroyed at a nearly constant rate … such that the median age of the businesses behind American fortunes is about the same now as in 2001."

It’s a well-known fact that conflict in a family business is viewed as one of the biggest threats to the success of a company. After all, the “shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations” adage has been around for quite some time. It might come as a surprise then that an overwhelming majority of survey participants (half of whom are still in the first or second-generation stages of their businesses) view external factors, such as tax policy and government regulation, as their biggest concern.

Phạm Hạnh