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Connecting the dots.

 

我最喜欢的演讲当属乔布斯在斯坦福毕业典礼时的那经典的三个故事,今天先谈一下对于第一个故事的理解。关于如何串连生命中的点滴(Connecting the dots).

先把演讲原文摘过来~

The first story is about connecting the dots.

第一个故事,如何串连生命中的点滴。

I dropped out of Reed College after the first six months but then stayed around as a drop-in for another eighteen months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out? It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed 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’ve got an unexpected baby boy. Do you want him?" They said, "Of course." My biological mother found out later 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 go to college.

我在里得大学读了六个月就退学了,但是在十八个月之后–我真正退学之前,我还常去学校。为何我要选择退学呢?这还得从我出生之前说起。我的生母是一个年轻、未婚的大学毕业生,她决定让别人收养我。她有一个很强烈的信仰,认为我应该被一个大学毕业生家庭收养。于是,一对律师夫妇说好了要领养我,然而最后一 秒钟,他们改变了主意,决定要个女孩儿。然后我的排在收养人名单中的养父母在一个深夜接到电话,“很意外,我们多了一个男婴,你们要吗?”“当然要!”但 是我的生母后来又发现我的养母没有大学毕业,养父连高中都没有毕业。她拒绝在领养书上签字。几个月后,我的养父母保证会让我上大学,她妥协了。

This was the start in my life. And seventeen 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 of how college was going to help me figure it out, and here I was, spending all 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 far more interesting.

这是我生命的开端。十七年后,我上大学了,但是我很无知地选了一所差不多和斯坦福一样贵的学校,几乎花掉我那蓝领阶层养父母一生的积蓄。六个月后,我觉得不值得。我看不出自己以后要做什么,也不晓得大学会怎样帮我指点迷津,而我却在花销父母一生的积蓄。所以我决定退学,并且相信没有做错。一开始非常吓人, 但回忆起来,这却是我一生中作的最好的决定之一。从我退学的那一刻起,我可以停止一切不感兴趣的必修课,开始旁听那些有意思得多的课。

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 five-cent deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the seven 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.

事情并不那么美好。我没有宿舍可住,睡在朋友房间的地上。为了吃饭,我收集五分一个的旧可乐瓶,每个星期天晚上步行七英里到哈尔-克里什纳庙里改善一下一周的伙食。我喜欢这种生活方式。能够遵循自己的好奇和直觉前行后来被证明是多么的珍贵。让我来给你们举个例子吧。

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-calligrapher. 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 sans-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.

当时的里得大学提供可能是全国最好的书法指导。校园中每一张海报,抽屉上的每一张标签,都是漂亮的手写体。由于我已退学,不用修那些必修课,我决定选一门书法课上上。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变字间距、学会了怎样写出好的字来。这是一种科学无法捕捉的微妙,楚楚动人、充满历史底蕴和艺术性,我觉得自己被完全吸引了。

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, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them.

当时我并不指望书法在以后的生活中能有什么实用价值。但是,十年之后,我们在设计第一台 Macintosh 计算机时,它一下子浮现在我眼前。于是,我们把这些东西全都设计进了计算机中。这是第一台有这么漂亮的文字版式的计算机。要不是我当初在大学里偶然选了这么一门课,Macintosh 计算机绝不会有那么多种印刷字体或间距安排合理的字号。要不是 Windows 照搬了 Macintosh,个人电脑可能不会有这些字体和字号。

If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on that calligraphy class and personals computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do.

要不是退了学,我决不会碰巧选了这门书法课,个人电脑也可能不会有现在这些漂亮的版式了。

Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college, but it was very, very clear looking backwards 10 years later. 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–because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.

当然,我在大学里不可能从这一点上看到它与将来的关系。十年之后再回头看,两者之间关系就非常、非常清楚了。你们同样不可能从现在这个点上看到将来;只有回头看时,才会发现它们之间的关系。所以你必须相信,那些点点滴滴,会在你未来的生命里,以某种方式串联起来。你必须相信一些东西–你的勇气、宿命、生活、因缘,随便什么–因为相信这些点滴能够一路连接会给你带
来追随内心的自信,它使你走离平凡,变得与众不同。

 

其实原来一直不怎么明白这个故事的含义,虽然乔布斯用自己大学退学后选了书法课,从而使个人电脑有了现在漂亮的版式作为例子来解释串联生命点滴的含义,但很多道理是不亲身经历后无法体会的。但最近一个月经历的一些事情让我对段话颇有感触。

四月份学校组织伦敦暑假项目选拔,我因为现场编出的程序被选中了。这是结果,往前推是什么呢,是我看到通知后相信这次选拔只要报名人人都有机会;是我3月份为了准备其他科的大作业去图书馆借JAVA的书;是我2月份为了准备TOEFL练习口语;是我上学期期末花了两个星期学习Linux,编互联网最后的大作业;是我去年7月份JAVA的93分;是我去年4月因为错过去伦敦旅游的机会而一直念念不忘;……再往后推一下,是我4月底因为和别人分享经验交到了很多朋友;是我5月份成为和项目有关的大会的志愿者;再往后就暂时没发生了……

结论很简单:

1.机会!=运气,把握机会是靠点滴的积累。

2.我们不仅可以串起过去的点滴,也可以预测一些未来的点滴。

3.改变你的正是点点滴滴。

我希望用自己的经历来再次说明connecting the dots,也希望看到的同学能回忆自己的过去,与大家分享相关经历~



“Connecting the dots.”上的6条回复

我想说,
一,过去的经验,可以有很多种解读,这个结论不一定正确。
2,努力和成绩,一般来说总是紧密联系的。。
lz很努力。。像你学习。。

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