The Will Will Web

記載著 Will 在網路世界的學習心得與技術分享

邁向成功的 8 個秘密 ( by Richard St. John )


今天收到朋友分享的一則影片,一則短短三分半的英文演說,淺顯易懂的成功觀念,價值 4,000 美金,值得一看。底下附上演說原文(含保哥的摘要註解),讓有興趣的人研讀,訓練英文閱讀能力與聽力。 若想直接看有中文字幕的版本,可以點選這個連結


This is really a two-hour presentation I give to high school students, cut down to three minutes. And it all started one day on a plane, on my way to TED, seven years ago. And in the seat next to me was a high school student, a teenager, and she came from a really poor family. And she wanted to make something of her life. And she asked me a simple little question: she said, what leads to success? And I felt really badly, because I couldn't give her a good answer. So I get off the plane and I come to TED. And I think, geez, I'm in a middle of a room of successful people. So why don't I ask them what helped them succeed and pass it on to kids? So here we are, 7 years, 500 interviews later and I'm going to tell you what really leads to success.

The first thing is Passion. ( 擁有熱情 )

Freeman Thomas says, "I'm driven by my passion". TED-sters do it for love, they don't do it for money. Carol Colleta says, "I would pay someone to do what I do". The interesting thing is, if you do it for love, the money comes anyway.

Work. ( 認真工作 )

Rupert Murdoch said to me, "It's all hard work. Nothing comes easily. But I have a lot of fun."  Did he say fun?! Rupert? Yes, TED-sters do have fun working, and they work hard. I figure they're not workaholics (工作狂), they're workafrolics (工作玩家). [註: 演說者自創的字,是 work 與 frolic 的組合]

Good. ( 擅長某些事 or 擁有專長 )

Alex Garden says, "To be successful, put your nose down in something and get damn good at it." There's no magic; it's practice, practice, practice.

And focus. ( 專注於一件事 )

Norma Jewison said to me, "I think it all has to do with focusing yourself on one thing".

And push. ( 讓自己不斷進步 )

David Gallo says, "Push yourself. Physically, mentally, you gotta push, push, push."  You've got to push through shyness and self-doubt. Goldie Hawn says, "I always had self-doubts. I wasn't good enough, I wasn't smart enough, I didn't think I'd make it."  It's not always easy to push yourself and that's why they invented mothers. [笑..]  Frank Geary said to me, "My mother pushed me".

Serve! ( 為他人提供服務 )

Sherwin Nulan says, "It was a privilege to serve as a doctor. "Now a lot of kids tell me they want to be millionaires. And the first thing I say to them is, "OK, but you can't serve yourself. You got to serve others something of value. Because that's the way people really get rich".

Ideas. ( 富有創意的想法 )

Bill Gates says, "I had an idea: founding the first micro-computer software company." I'd say it was a pretty good idea. And there's no magic to creativity and coming up with ideas. It's just doing some very simple things.  And I give lots of evidence.

  • Listen (聆聽)
  • Observe (觀察)
  • Be Curious (好奇心)
  • Ask Questions (時常發問)
  • Problem Solve (解決問題)
  • Make Connections (多多交流)

Persist. ( 無條件的堅持下去 )

Joe Kraus says, "Persistence is the number one reason for our success". You got to persist through failure (遭遇失敗), you got to persist through CRAP, which of course means: Criticism (被批評), Rejection (被拒絕), Assholes (被小人中傷) and Pressure (與壓力共處). [笑..]

So, the big end. The answer to this question is simple. Pay $4,000 and come to TED!  Or failing that, do the 8 things -- and trust me, these are the big 8 things that lead to success.

Thank you TED-sters for all your interviews!

這場演說讓我覺得最陌生的的單字不外乎是 Workafrolics 這個字了,這個字是演講者 Richard St. John 演說中自創的詞彙,是 work (工作)  與 frolic (歡樂) 的組合字,有「樂在工作」的意思,但我覺得翻譯成「工作玩家」還比較貼切一些。


雖然我長時間工作,倒不如說我長時間在玩樂,因為心情上是差很多的,而且也比較沒壓力,我在查詢 Workafrolics 時看到一篇 Workafrolics work harder but live longer 文章,說 Workafrolics 的人比較長壽,而且新科學人(New Scientist)雜誌還有專文與數據證明這件事,不過要觀看全文必須買雜誌才看的到。