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[TED] 【TED】把鸡汤讲成段子的谷歌工程师:做一件事坚持三十天

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发表于 2016-11-17 15:18:52 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式



几年前,我感觉自己陷入生活乏味无趣的惯性之中,于是决定追随伟大的美国哲学家摩根•斯普尔洛克的脚步, 尝试坚持30天,做一些新的事情。

A few years ago, I felt like I was stuck in a rut, so I decided to follow in the footsteps of the great American philosopher, Morgan Spurlock, and try something new for 30 days.

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这个想法其实非常简单。

The idea is actually pretty simple.

想想那些你曾经想过要做的一些事情,接下来30天尝试去做吧。

Think about something you've always wanted to add to your life and try it for the next 30 days.

之所以是30天,因为这刚好是一段合适的时间去培养或者改掉一个习惯--例如看新闻--在你生活中。

It turns out 30 days is just about the right amount of time to add a new habit or subtract a habit--like watching the news--from your life.

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当我做这些30天挑战的事情时,我明白了几个道理。

There's a few things I learned while doing these 30-day challenges.

第一,与往常时间飞速过去又被很快遗忘不同的是,这段时间变得更加难忘。

The first was, instead of the months flying by, forgotten, the time was much more memorable.

在我的挑战中,其中一项是一个月内每天拍摄一张照片。我可以清楚地记得那一天我所处的位置我都在干什么。

This was part of a challenge I did to take a picture every day for a month. And I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing that day.

我也注意到随着我开始做更多更难得30天挑战的事时,我的自信心也增强了。我从一个台式计算机宅男极客变成了一个爱骑自行车去工作的人--为了玩乐。

I also noticed that as I started to do more and harder 30-day challenges, my self-confidence grew. I went from desk-dwelling computer nerd to the kind of guy who bikes to work. For fun!

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甚至去年,我完成了在非洲最高山峰乞力马扎罗山的远足。在我开始这30天做挑战性的事之前,我从来没有这样爱冒险过。

Even last year, I ended up hiking up Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. I would never have been that adventurous before I started my 30-day challenges.

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我还认识到,如果你真的有一些特别特别想做的事,你可以在30天里做这任何事。

I also figured out that if you really want something badly enough, you can do anything for 30 days.

你曾想写小说吗?

Have you ever wanted to write a novel?

每年11月,数以万计的人们在30天里,从零起点尝试写他们自己的5万字小说。

Every November, tens of thousands of people try to write their own 50,000-word novel, from scratch, in 30 days.

而你所要去做的事就只是连续一个月每天写1667个字。于是我做到了。

It turns out, all you have to do is write 1,667 words a dayfor a month. So I did.

顺便说一下,我的秘诀是规定自己这一天没有写完就不可以睡觉。

By the way, the secret is not to go to sleep until you've written your words for the day.

虽然可能要牺牲一定睡眠,但你可以完成你的小说啊。

You might be sleep-deprived, but you'll finish your novel.

那么我写的书会是下一部伟大的美国小说吗?当然不可能了,我一个月就把它写完了,写得超烂的。

Now is my book the next great American novel? No. I wrote it in a month. It's awful.

但在我的余生,如果我在一个TED聚会上遇见约翰•霍奇曼,我就不一定非得说 “我是一个电脑科学家”了,嗯,如果我愿意的话,我还可以说 “我是一个小说家”。

But for the rest of my life, if I meet John Hodgman at a TED party, I don't have to say, "I'm a computer scientist." No, no, if I want to, I can say, "I'm a novelist."

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在这里我还想讲最后一件事。我发现当我做一些小的,持续性的改变,做一些我能一直去做的事时,我可以把它们更容易地坚持做下来。

So here's one last thing I'd like to mention. I learned that when I made small, sustainable changes,things I could keep doing, they were more likely to stick.

这倒不是说不能去尝试更大更疯狂的挑战。 事实上,它们更有趣,但是就不太容易坚持做下来。 比如当我在30天里拒绝吃糖果, 31天后看上去就像这样。

There's nothing wrong with big, crazy challenges. In fact, they're a ton of fun. But they're less likely to stick. When I gave up sugar for 30 days, day 31 looked like this.

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那么问题来了:你还在等什么呢?

So here's my question to you: What are you waiting for?

我保准大家在未来的30天会去经历你喜欢或者不喜欢的事,那么为什么不考虑一些你常想去尝试并在未来30天里试试给自己一个机会。

I guarantee you the next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot! For the next 30 days.

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