乔布斯斯坦福大学经典演讲,人人都该听三遍!

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第一个故事,怎样串起生射中的点滴

我在里得大学读了六个月就退学了,但是在18个月以后,在真正退学之前还常去黉舍。为甚么我要挑选退学呢?这还得从我出身之前提及。

我的生母是一个年青、未婚的大学结业生,她决意让他人收养我。她有很猛烈的崇奉,想让我发展在一个大学结业生的家庭里。有一对状师匹俦说好了要领养我,但是最终时辰,他们改动了主意,决意要个女孩。

然后,我排在收养人名单中的养爸妈在一个深夜接到固话,“很不测,我们多了一个男婴,你们要吗?”“固然要!”但是我的生母以后又发明养母没有大学结业,养父乃至连高中都没有结业,因而她回绝在领养书上具名。几个月后,我的养爸妈确保会让我上大学,她让步了。

这就是我生命的劈头。

年青时的乔布斯

十七年后,我上大学了,但是我无知地选了一所和斯坦福一样贵的黉舍,差不多花掉蓝领阶级养爸妈一生的积贮。六个月后,我觉得这并不值得,我看不出本身以后要做甚么,也不晓得大学会怎样帮我指点迷津,而我却在花消爸妈一生的积贮。以是我决意退学,并且信赖没有做错。

一可以非常吓人,但回忆起来,这倒是我一生中作的最好的决意之一。从我退学的那一刻起,我可以截至统统不感乐趣的必修课,可以旁听那些有意义得多的课。

工作并不那么美好。我没有宿舍可住,睡在伙伴房间的地上。为了用饭,我搜集五分一个的旧可乐瓶,每一个星期天晚上步行七英里到哈尔-克里什纳庙里改良一下一周的炊事。我喜欢这类糊口方式。可以遵照本身的猎奇和直觉前行以后被证实是那么的贵重。让我来给你们举个例子。

当时的里德大学供应大概是天下最好的书法指点。校园中每一张海报,抽屉上的每一张标签,都是摩登的手写体。因为我已退学,不消修那些必修课,我决意选一门书法课上上。在这门课上,我学会了“serif”和"sans-serif"两种字体、学会了怎样在不同的字母组合中改动字间距、学会了怎样写出好的字来。

这是一种科学没法捕获的奇妙,楚楚动人、布满汗青秘闻和艺术性,我觉得本身被完全迷惑了。当时我并不期望书法在以后的糊口中能有甚么适用代价。

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第二个故事关于爱与失

我很荣幸,很早就发明本身喜欢做的工作。

我二十岁的时分就和沃茨在爸妈的车库里创始了苹果公司。我们工作得很勤奋,十年后,苹果公司发展为具有四千名员工,代价二十亿的大公司。我们方才推出了最好的创意,Macintosh操作体系,在这之前的一年,也就是我刚过三十岁,我被开除了。

你怎样大概被一个亲手建立的公司开除?工作是如此的,在公司发展期间,我雇佣了一个我们认为非常机智,可以和我一同谋划公司的人。一年后,我们对公司未来的见解发生不合,董事会站在了他的一边。因而,在我三十岁的时分,我出局了,很公然地出局了。

我全部成年糊口的核心没了,这很要命。一可以的几个月我真的不晓得该干甚么。我觉得我让公司的前一代创建者们扫兴了,我把传给我的权杖给弄丢了。我与戴维德·帕珂德和鲍勃·诺埃斯碰头,试图为这彻完全底的失利致歉。我败得如斯之惨以至于我想要逃离硅谷。

但有个物品在渐渐地唤醒我:我还爱着我处置的行业。此次失利一点儿都没有改动这一点。我被逐了,但我仍爱着我的工作。我决意重新可以。

当时我并没有看出来,但事实证实“被苹果开除”是发生在我身上最好的事。胜利的重任被重新起步的轻松替换,对任何工作都不再非常垂青,这让我觉得如斯自由,进入一生中最有创造力的阶段。

接下来的五年,我建立了一个叫NeXT的公司,接着又建立了Pixar,然后与以后成为我妻子的女人相爱。Pixar出品了天下第一个电脑动画片子:“玩具总动员”,如今它曾经是天下最胜利的动画建造工作室了。

在一系列的胜利运转后,苹果收买了NeXT,我又回到了苹果。我们在NeXT开辟的技巧在苹果的复兴中起了核心感化,别的劳琳和我组建了一个幸运的家庭。

我非常确信,如果我没有被苹果炒掉,这些就都不会发生。这个药的味道太糟了,但是我想病人需求它。

有些时分,糊口会给你迎头一棒。不要损失信念。我确信独一让我一起走下来的是我对本身所做工作的酷爱。你必需去找你酷爱的物品,对工作如斯,对你的爱人也是如此的。工作会占有你生射中很大的一部份,你只要信赖本身做的是巨大的工作,你能力悠然自得。如果你还没有找到,那么就继承找,不要停。鞠躬尽瘁地找,当你找到时,你会晓得的。就像任何热诚的关系,跟着时候的流逝,只会愈来愈慎密。以是继承找,不要停。

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第三个故事关于灭亡

我17岁的时分读到过一句话“如果你把每一天都看成最终一天过,有一天你会发明你是精确的”。这句话给我留下了深入的印象。从那以后,曩昔的33年,天天早上我都会对着镜子问本身:“如果今日是我的最终一天,我会不会做我想做的工作呢?”如果连着一段时候,谜底都能否认的的话,我就晓得我需求改动一些物品了。

提示本身就要死了是我碰见的最大的辅助,帮我作了生射中的大决意。因为差不多任何事——全部的光荣、自豪、对难过和失利的恐惊——在灭亡面前都会消隐,留下真正关键的物品。提示本身就要灭亡是我晓得的最好的方式,用来避开担忧落空某些物品的圈套。你曾经赤裸裸了,没有来由不服从于本身的心愿。

约莫一年前,我被诊断出患了癌症。我早上七点半作了扫描,清晰地显如今我的胰腺有一个肿瘤。我当时都不晓得胰腺是甚么物品。大夫们告知我这差不多是没法治愈的,我另有三到六个月的时候。我的大夫倡导我回家,整顿统统。在大夫的辞典中,这就是“筹办灭亡”的意义。就是意味着把要对你小孩说十年的话在几个月内说完;意味着把全部物品搞定,尽大概让你的家庭活得轻松一点;意味着你要说“永诀”了。

我整日都想着那诊断书的工作。以后有天晚上我做了一个活切片检验,他们将一个内窥镜伸进我的喉咙,穿过胃,抵达肠道,用一根针在我的胰腺肿瘤上取了几个细胞。我当时是被麻醉的,但是我的妻子告知我,那些大夫在显微镜下看到细胞的时分可以尖叫,因为发明这居然是一种非常罕有的可用手术治愈的胰腺癌症。我做了手术,如今,我康复了。

这是我最靠近灭亡的时分,我也期望是我未来几十年里最靠近灭亡的一次。

此次虎口余生让我比以往只晓得灭亡是一个有效而地道书面概念的时分更确信地告知你们,没有人情愿死,即便那些想上天国的人们也不情愿经过灭亡来到达他们的目的。但是灭亡是每一小我配合的起点,没有人可以逃走。也应当如斯,因为灭亡很大概是生命最好的发明。它去陈让新。如今,你们就是“新”。但是有一天,不消太久,你们有会渐渐变老然后死去。

歉仄,这很戏剧性,但倒是真的。你们的时候是有限的,不要糟塌在反复他人的糊口上。不要被教条约束,那意味着会和他人考虑的了局一起糊口。不要被其他人的哗闹观念袒护本身内心真正的声音。你的直觉和内心晓得你想要酿成甚么模样。全部其他物品都是次要的。

我年青的时分,有一份叫做《完好地球目次》的好杂志,是我们这一代人的圣经之一。它是一个叫斯纠华特·布兰的、住在离这不远的曼罗公园的家伙建立的。他用诗一般的触觉将这份杂志带到天下。

那是六十年月末期,小我电脑产生之前,以是这份杂志全是用打字机、铰剪和偏光镜建造的。有点像软皮包装的谷歌,不外却早了三十五年。它理想主义,全文充溢着灵便的对象和巨大的主意。斯纠华特和他的小组出书了几期“完好地球目次”,在完成任务之前,他们出书了最终一期。

那是七十年月中期,和你们差不多大。最终一期的封底是一张清早村庄巷子的照片,如果你有冒险肉体,可以本身找到这条路。上面有一句话,“维持饥饿,维持愚笨”。这是他们的离别语,“求知若饥,谦虚若愚”。我常以此鼓励本身。如今,在你们马上踏上新路程的时分,我也期望你们能如此。

这是乔布斯在斯坦福大学上的演讲,一个短短不到15分钟的演讲,带给我们的倒是非常的惊动。他讲了三个跟本身有关的小故事,它们发生在他生射中不同的期间。让我们感触到的是杰出和平凡的不同,他的胜利不是因为停学,心智形式上的不同才是决意性的。从这篇演讲里,我们可以感触到的就是他关于看待生命的立场,这正是把杰出酿成特质的缘由。

1、看得远,能力走得远。

我们平凡人更情愿学面前看来有效的物品,目的很明白就是为了测验、升学、为了找好工作、为了挣钱,学一种妙技为了更好地生计,好比大夫、管帐、状师、工程师等等。这些短时候来看大概都没有错,但放到一生去看,它们的功效倒是有限的。有如此一种征象,美国高校中一般家庭和中产阶级的小孩绝大多会挑选大夫、管帐、状师、工程师等妙技型适用性的专业;而上层社会的人家小孩大多会挑选经管类、金融、哲学等软性学科。这些看起来不太适用的课程,想要学好实在比前面妙技型的课程更难,但却值得。这类不同就像武功里面的内功心法修炼和详细招式套路的不同一样:低手练拳脚,高手修内功。我们不能不认可,上层社会的人站得更高,目光看得也更久远。

2、服从内心的声音,酷爱你所做的工作。

乔布斯因为停学,才得以练习了他所喜欢的书法课程,到以后将书法课学到的艺术字体和美学设想理念应用到了他和合伙人沃兹发明的第一台苹果电脑,回响猛烈取得胜利。比尔盖茨9岁就读完了《大英百科全书》,全部的练习都是乐趣而至,并不因为测验。用一生去完成他“让每一户桌面上都有一台电脑”的空想。他们都在年青时就发明本身非常酷爱电子技巧的乐趣并把它生长成了特长。用乔布斯在演讲中的话来讲就是“独一做巨大工作的方式就是爱你所做的工作。”巨大的人只服从内心的声音,酷爱本身所做的工作。只要本身酷爱的事物,大概才是本身真正善于的,是本身经过几许难题都会雷打不动真正想要的。

3、落空不即是失利,即是放下。

30岁的乔布斯被本身一手开办的公司—苹果卷铺盖了。在面临本身被本身的公司炒了以后,你会怎样?是懊丧?是今后颓丧?我不晓得,只晓得每一小我都会有不同的感触。乔布斯在经过了几个月的疾苦期以后却把它称为本身最荣幸的一件工作。乔布斯在演讲中说“被苹果盘算机公司开除,是经过过的最好的工作之一,胜利的繁重被重新来过的轻松所庖代,让他进入一身中最有创意的阶段。”明白放下,让他重新上路并且劳绩了许多,包孕恋爱和妻子。

关于灭亡。

“把每一天都看成是生命的最终一天,你就会轻松自由 ,我要做些甚么?”“面临灭亡时只要最关键的工作才会留下。”“不要糟塌时候活在他人的糊口里,服从内心的声音成为你想要成为的那小我。”在工作顶峰的他,被查出胰腺癌晚期。乔布斯用举动,告知我们甚么是最关键的工作,甚么是精确的工作,如此的理念使他曾经成为一个奇观。他老是给人以持续地欣喜,不管是可以照样以后,他天才的电脑先天;和蔼可掬的处世派头;绝妙的创意脑子;巨大的目的;处变不惊的辅导风采筑就了苹果企业文明的核心内容,苹果公司的雇员对他的敬重几乎就是一种宗教般的狂热。在演讲的最终,乔布斯告知我们他的胜利窍门:“求知若饥,谦虚若愚。”这就是他看待生命的立场,也让我们从中看到杰出和平凡的不同。

乔布斯2005年斯坦福大学结业演讲英文完好

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories.

很侥幸和各位一道加入这所天下上最好的一座大学的结业仪式。我大学没结业,说实话,这是我第一次离大学结业仪式这么近。今日我想给各位讲三个我本身的故事,不讲其它,也不讲大道理,就讲三个故事。

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

第一个故事讲的是点与点之间的关系。我在里德学院(Reed College)只读了六个月就退学了,今后便在黉舍里旁听,又过了约莫一年半,我完全分开。那么,我为甚么退学呢?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: "We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They said: "Of course." My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

这得从我出身前讲起。我的生母是一位年青的未婚在校研究生,她决意将我送给他人收养。她非常期望收养我的是有大学学历的人,以是把统统都支配好了,我一出身就交给一对状师匹俦收养。没想到我落地的霎那间,那对匹俦却决意收养一位女孩。就如此,我的养爸妈─当时他们还在登记册上列队等著呢─半夜三更接到一个固话: “我们这儿有一个没人要的男婴,你们要末?”“固然要”他们答复。但是,我的生母以后发明我的养母不是大学结业生,我的养父乃至连中学都没有结业,以是她回绝在最终的收养文件上具名。不外,没过几个月她就心软了,因为我的养爸妈许愿往后肯定送我上大学。

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents' savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn't see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting。It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

17 年后,我真的进了大学。当时我很灵活,选了一所膏火差不多和斯坦福大学一样高贵的黉舍,当工人的养爸妈倾其全部的积贮为我领取了大学膏火。读了六个月后,我却看不出上学有甚么意义。我既不晓得本身这一生想干甚么,也不晓得大学能否可以帮我弄认识打听本身想干甚么。这时分,我就要花光爸妈一生节约下来的钱了。以是,我决意退学,并且深信往后会证实我如此做是对的。昔时做出这个决准时内心直打鼓,但如今回忆起来,这还真是我有生以来做出的最好的决意之一。从退学那一刻起,我就可以不再选那些我毫无乐趣的必修课,可以旁听一些看上去有意义的课。那些日子一点儿都不浪漫。我没有宿舍,只能睡在伙伴房间的地板上。我去退还可乐瓶,用那五分钱的押金来买吃的。每一个星期天晚上我都要走七英里,到城那头的黑尔-科里施纳礼拜堂去,吃每周能力享用一次的美餐。我喜欢如此。我凭著猎奇心和直觉所干的这些工作,有许多以后都证实是代价连城。我给各位举个例子:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn't have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating.

当时,里德学院的书法课好像是天下最好的。校园里全部的公告栏和每一个抽屉标签上的字都写得非常摩登。当时我曾经退学,不消一般上课,以是我决意选一门书法课,学学怎样写好字。我练习写带短截线和不带短截线的印刷字体,根据不同字母组合调解其间距,以及怎样把版式调解得好上加好。这门课太棒了,既有汗青代价,又有艺术成就,这一点科学就做不到,而我觉得它妙趣横生。

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, its likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

当时我并不期望书法在以后的糊口中能有甚么适用代价。但是,十年以后,我们在设想第一台 Macintosh 盘算机时,它一会儿浮如今我面前。因而,我们把这些物品全都设想进了盘算机中。这是第一台有这么摩登的笔墨版式的盘算机。要不是我当初在大学里偶尔选了这么一门课,Macintosh 盘算机绝不会有那么多种印刷字体或间距支配公道的字号。要不是 Windows 照搬了 Macintosh,小我电脑大概不会有这些字体和字号。要不是退了学,我决不会恰巧选了这门书法课,小我电脑也大概不会有如今这些摩登的版式了。固然,我在大学里不大概从这一点上看到它与未来的关系。十年以后再转头看,二者之间的关系就非常、非常清晰了。

Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

你们一样不大概从如今这个点上看到未来;只要转头看时,才会发明它们之间的关系。以是,要信赖这些点早晚会连接到一同。你们必需信任某些物品─直觉、归宿、生命,另有业力,等等。如此做历来没有让我的期望失过,并且还完全改动了我的糊口。

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

我的第二个故事是关于好恶与得失。

荣幸的是,我在很小的时分就发明本身喜欢做甚么。我在 20 岁时和沃兹(Woz,苹果公司创始人之一 Wozon 的昵称─译注)在我爸妈的车库里办起了苹果公司。我们干得很认真,十年后,苹果公司就从车库里我们两小我生长成为一个具有 20 亿元资产、4,000 名员工的大企业。当时,我们方才推出了我们最好的产物─ Macintosh 电脑─那是在第 9 年,我刚满 30 岁。可以后,我被开除了。你怎样会被本身办的公司开除呢?是如此,随著苹果公司越做越大,我们聘了一位我认为非常有才气的人与我一道经管公司。在可以的一年多里,统统都很顺遂。但是,随后我俩对公司远景的见解可以产生不合,最终我俩交恶了。这时分,董事会站在了他那一边,以是在 30 岁那年,我分开了公司,并且这件事闹得沸沸扬扬。我成年后的全部糊口重心都没有了,这使我心力交瘁。

I really didn't know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down - that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

连续几个月,我真的不晓得应当怎样办。我觉得本身给老一代的创业者丢了脸─因为我抛弃了交到本身手里的接力棒。我去见了戴维帕卡德(David Packard,惠普公司创始人之一─译注)和鲍勃;诺伊斯(Bob Noyce,英特尔公司创建者之一─译注),想为把工作搞得这么蹩脚说声致歉。此次失利弄得沸沸扬扬的,我乃至想过逃离硅谷。但是,渐渐地,我可以有了一个主意─我仍旧酷爱我曩昔做的统统。在苹果公司发生的这些风云涓滴没有改动这一点。我虽然被拒之门外,但我仍旧深爱我的工作。因而,我决意重新可以。

I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

虽然当时我并没有认识到,但事实证实,被苹果公司卷铺盖是我一生中碰着的最好的工作。虽然远景未卜,但重新可以的轻松感庖代了维持胜利的繁重感。这使我进入了一生中最富有创造力的期间之一。

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I retuned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

在今后的五年里,我开了一家名叫 NeXT 的公司和一家叫皮克斯的公司,我还爱上一位了不得的女人,以后娶了她。皮克斯公司推出了天下上第一部用电脑建造的动画片《玩具总动员》(Toy Story),它如今是环球最胜利的动画建造室。世道循环,苹果公司买下 NeXT 后,我又回到了苹果公司,我们在 NeXT 公司开辟的技巧成了苹果公司此次重新兴起的核心。我和劳伦娜(Laurene)也建立了完善的家庭。

I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.

我确信,如果不是被苹果公司开除,这统统决不大概发生。这是一剂苦药,可我认为苦药利于病。偶然糊口会当头给你一棒,但不要气馁。我深信让我勇往直前的独一气力就是我酷爱我所做的统统。以是,肯定得晓得本身喜欢甚么,挑选爱人时如斯,挑选工作时一样如斯。工作将是糊口中的一大部份,让本身真正惬意的独一法子,是做本身认为是有意义的工作;做有意义的工作的独一法子,是酷爱本身的工作。你们如果还没有发明本身喜欢甚么,那就持续地去寻觅,不要急于做出决意。就像统统要凭著觉得去做的工作一样,一旦找到了本身喜欢的事,觉得就会告知你。就像任何一种美好的物品,历久弥新。以是说,要持续地寻觅,直到找到本身喜欢的物品。不要功亏一篑。

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

我的第三个故事与灭亡有关。

17 岁那年,我读到过如此一段话,粗心是:“如果把每一天都看成生命的最终一天,总有一天你会如愿以偿。”我记着了这句话,从当时起,33 年曩昔了,我天天清晨都对著镜子自问: “如果今日是生命的最终一天,我还会去做今日要做的事吗?”如果连续许多天我的答复都是“不”,我晓得本身应当有所改动了。

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

让我可以做出人生庞大决议的最次要法子是,记着生命随时都有大概竣事。因为差不多全部的物品─全部对本身以外的企求、全部的威严、全部对穷困和失利的恐惊─在灭亡来且自都将不复存在,只剩下真正关键的物品。记着本身随时都会死去,这是我所晓得的避免患得患失的最好方式。你曾经一贫如洗了,另有甚么来由不跟著本身的觉得走呢。

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

约莫一年前,我被诊断患了癌症。那天早上七点半,我做了一次扫描检验,了局清晰地表明我的胰腺上长了一个瘤子,可当时我连胰腺是甚么还不晓得呢!大夫告知我说,差不多可以确诊这是一种没法治愈的恶性肿瘤,我最多还能活 3 到 6 个月。大夫倡导我归去把统统都支配好,实在这是在表示“筹办后事”。也就是说,把今后十年要跟小孩们说的工作在这几个月内吩咐完;也就是说,把统统都支配稳健,尽大概不给家人留贫苦;也就是说,去跟各位死别。

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I'm fine now.

那一整天里,我的脑子不断没分开这个诊断。到了晚上,我做了一次构造切片检验,他们把一个内窥镜经过喉咙穿过我的胃进入肠子,用针头在胰腺的瘤子上取了一些细胞构造。当时我用了镇痛剂,陪在一旁的妻子以后告知我,大夫在显微镜里看了细胞以后叫了起来,本来这是一种少见的可以经过外科手术治愈的恶性肿瘤。我做了手术,如今好了。

This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

这是我和死神离得近来的一次,我期望也是今后几十年里近来的一次。有了此次经过以后,如今我可以愈加实在地和你们评论灭亡,而不是地道夸夸其谈,那就是: 谁都不情愿死。就是那些想进天国的人也不情愿身后再进。但是,灭亡是我们配合的归宿,没人能解脱。我们必定会死,因为灭亡很大概是生命最好的一项发明。它推动生命的变迁,旧的不去,新的不来。如今,你们就是新的,但在不久的未来,你们也会渐渐成为旧的,也会被镌汰。对不起,话说得太过火了,不外这是确切不移的。

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

你们的时候都有限,以是不要根据他人的志愿去活,这是糟塌时候。不要囿于偏见,那是在根据他人假想的了局而活。不要让他人观念的聒噪声覆没本身的心声。最次要的是,要有跟著本身觉得和直觉走的勇气。不管怎样,觉得和直觉早就晓得你到底想成为甚么样的人,其他都是次要的。

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

我年青时有一本非常好的刊物,叫《环球概览》(The Whole Earth Catalog),这是我那代人的宝书之一,开办人名叫斯图尔特;S226;布兰德(Stewart Brand),就住在离这儿不远的门洛帕克市。他用诗一般的言语把刊物办得生动活泼。那是 20 世纪 60 年月末,还没有小我电脑和桌面印刷体系,全靠打字机、铰剪和宝丽莱照相机(Polaroid)。它就像一种纸质的 Google,却比 Google 早问世了 35 年。这份刊物太完善了,查阅本领齐全、构想非凡。

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself.

斯图尔特和他的同事们出了好几期《环球概览》,到最终办不下去时,他们出了最终一期。那是 20 世纪 70 年月中期,我也就是你们如今的年岁。最终一期的封底上是一张清早乡下巷子的照片,就是那种爱冒险的人等在那儿搭便车的那种巷子。照片上面写道: 勤学若饥、谦虚若愚。那是他们停刊前的离别辞。求知若渴,深藏若虚。这也是我不断想做到的。

And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

眼下正值诸位大学结业、可以新糊口之际,我一样愿各位:

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

勤学若饥、谦虚若愚。

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