Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.
—— 苹果创始人 史蒂夫·乔布斯！
Source language:You’ve got to find what you love,’ Jobs says.
Source language: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.
The first story is about connecting the dots.
Source language: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?
Source language: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
Source language: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.
Source language: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:
Source language: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.
Source language: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.
Source language: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.