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Steve Jobs對史丹佛大學畢業生的演講內容(上篇)


以下是蘋果電腦公司與Pixar動畫製作室執行長賈伯斯Steve Jobs (Steven Paul Jobs) 在西元2005年6月12日對史丹佛大學畢業生的演講內容:(上篇,henry540翻譯修改)

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今天,很榮幸來到各位從世界上最好的學校之一畢業的畢業典禮上。說實話,我從來沒從大學畢業,現在是我離大學畢業最近的一刻。(賈伯斯的開場笑話即讓觀眾笑了...)。今天,我只說三個我的人生故事,不談大道理,三個故事就好。


第一個故事,是關於人生中的點點滴滴怎麼串連在一起。


我在里德學院(Reed college)待了六個月就辦休學了。到我退學前,一共休學了十八個月。那麼,我為什麼休學?


這得從我出生前講起。我的親生母親當時是個研究生,也是個年輕未婚媽媽,她決定讓別人收養我。她強烈覺得應該讓有大學畢業的人收養我,所以我出生時,她就準備讓我被一對律師夫婦收養。但是這對夫妻到收養前最後一刻反悔了,因為他們後來決定想收養個女孩。所以在等待收養名單上的一對夫妻,我的養父母,在某天半夜裡接到一通電話,問他們「有一名意外出生的男孩,你們要他嗎?」,而他們的回答是:「當然要」。後來,我的生母發現,我現在的媽媽從來沒有大學畢業,我現在的爸爸則連高中畢業也沒有。她拒絕在認養文件上做最後簽字。直到後來幾個月,我的養父母承諾將來一定會讓我上大學,她才軟化態度讓他們收養我。


十七年後,我上大學了。但是當時我無知地選了一所學費幾乎跟史丹佛大學一樣貴的大學,我那勞工階級的父母將他們所有積蓄都花在我的學費上。六個月後,我看不出唸這書的價值何在。那時候,我不知道這輩子要做什麼,也不知道唸大學能對我有什麼幫助,而且我為了唸這個書,花光了我父母這輩子的所有積蓄。所以我決定休學並相信一切會船到橋頭自然直。當時這個決定看來相當可怕,可是現在看來,那是我這輩子做過最好的決定之一。當我休學之後,我再也不用上我沒興趣的必修課,而可以把我的時間拿去聽那些我有興趣的課。


這一點也不浪漫。我沒有宿舍可住了,所以我睡在友人家裡的地板上,靠著回收可樂空罐的五分錢空瓶費買吃的,每個星期天晚上得走七哩的路繞過大半個鎮去印度教的Hare Krishna神廟吃頓好料的。我喜歡Hare Krishna神廟的好料。追尋我的好奇與直覺,我所駐足的大部分事物,後來看來都成了無價之寶。舉例來說:
當時里德學院有著大概是全國最好的書法課程。在校園內的每一張海報上,每個抽屜的標籤上,都是美麗的手寫字。因為我休學了,可以不照正常選課程序,所以我跑去學書法。我學了serif與san serif字體,學到在不同字母組合間變更字間距,學到活版印刷偉大的地方。書法的美好、歷史感與藝術感是科學所無法捕捉的,我覺得那很迷人。


我沒預期過學的這些東西能在我生活中起些什麼實際作用,但是十年後,當我在設計第一台麥金塔電腦時,我想起了當時所學的東西,所以把這些東西都設計進了麥金塔裡,這是第一台能印刷出漂亮東西的電腦。如果我沒沉溺於那樣一門課裡,麥金塔可能就不會有多重字體跟變間距字體了。後來Windows抄襲了麥金塔的設計方式。如果當年我沒這樣設計多重字體跟變間距字體,大概世界上所有的個人電腦都不會有這些東西,可能就印不出現在我們看到的漂亮的字來了。(賈伯斯又讓觀眾笑了...)。當然,在我還待在大學裡時,不可能把這些點點滴滴預先串在一起,但是這些在十年後回顧時,顯得非常、非常清楚。


我再說一次,你不能預先把點點滴滴串在一起;唯有在未來回顧時,你才會明白那些點點滴滴是如何串在一起的。所以你得相信,你現在所經歷的東西,將來多少會連接在一塊。你得信任某些直覺,是勇氣也好,命運也好,生命也好,或者業力...什麼都好。它會給你信心去相信你內心的聲音,引導你離開滿是荊棘的道路,並且讓人生整個不同起來。
.............(接下篇)

 

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 應同學要求,節錄原文部分(演講稿,與實際演講內容略有不同)於下:

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 Ive ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. Thats it. No big deal. Just three stories.

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?

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.

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 couldnt 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 didnt interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasnt all romantic. I didnt 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:

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 didnt 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 cant capture, and I found it fascinating.

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.

Again, you cant 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.

 

感謝原文出處:史丹福大學報導

(原文網址:http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html)


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