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成功学生的秘诀——要素一:激情

时间:2014-05-13 17:53:08  来源:  作者:

一个成功的学生需要具备哪些品质呢?这个系列共有四篇文章,作者分别从激情、毅力、健康和对知识的渴求四个方面为你娓娓道来。相信抽出一点时间读读此文会让你受益匪浅。

The Recipe for Student Success – Ingredient One : Real Passion


成功学生的秘诀——要素一:激情


“If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen for you, to you and because of you.” T. Alan Armstrong


T·艾伦·阿姆斯a特朗曾经说过:“要是生活中没有激情,你算是真正的活过吗?寻找你的激情所在,让激情成为你生命中的一部分,你便会发现生活中会因你而发生很多意想不到的事情”。


There’s no denying that going to college can get pretty expensive, not only in money but also in time. Firstly, there is the initial debt that comes from paying for tuition and accommodation, and then there’s the time we lose having to work to pay it back. Going to university is a huge sacrifice, the question is, is it worth it?


毫无疑问,上大学既昂贵又费时。首先你就得支付学费和住宿费。另外,我们耗费了时间,其中的机会成本只有等我们工作后了才能赚回来。上大学要做不小的牺牲,而问题就在于,上大学值得这样的牺牲吗?


The answer, I think, is yes, if you possess what is one of the most important ingredients in student success – Real Passion, with capitals.


我的答案是肯定的。前提是你要对大学生活充满激情,这也是成功学生最重要的要素之一。当然你还得有钱。


Real Passion is magical. It creates motivation, determination and perseverance. It gets you up in the morning, it energizes your day and it pushes you to the best of your ability.


激情是一种神奇的东西,它给人予动力,决心和毅力。它使你一早醒来便能翻身而起,使你一天都充满活力,也使你能够最大限度的发挥自己。


In an ideal world, everyone would love the subject they’re studying. There may or may not be other reasons for choosing it, but the main reason is that they want to learn. Now, this may seem obvious but up until now, I’ve met too many people that have forgotten the reason why they came to university. They spend too many nights out, they skip lectures and cram in all the work in at the last minute. They’ve forgotten their purpose, which is very sad, especially when I see it happening to my friends, the people that I have really come to care about. Of course, I myself am not perfect, and every now and again I have a lazy night in when I don’t do a shred of work but eventually, I find my way back on track by finding my Real Passion.


来谈谈大学学习吧,每个人都喜欢自己所学的学科,仅仅是因为他们就是想学,大家都知道这无疑是最好的情况。但到目前为止,我遇到过很多人他们都忘记了自己来大学上学的原因。他们在外出过夜、逃课、临时抱佛脚上面花费了非常多的时间,这很可悲,因为他们忘记了自己来大学的目的。而当这些事情发生在我的朋友,以及那些我真正关心的人身上的时候,我觉得更加伤心。当然,我自己也不是完人,我也时不时一整夜都荒废掉,什么也不做。但我们最后还是回到了正轨,找到了我真正的激情所在。


What is Real Passion? This can be answered by asking what Unreal Passion is. Unreal Passion is lust, it’s based on fickle things like beauty or money and it eventually burns out. If you’re doing a subject because of salaries and titles, your happiness won’t last. Real Passion means putting genuine love into everything you do, even if people tell you it’s stupid and it doesn’t pay well. It may not always be practical but as they say,


什么是真正的激情?要回答这个问题你只用弄清楚哪种激情是虚假的。虚假的激情是贪欲,它建立在易变的事物如美貌和钱财的基础上,最终是会消失的。如果你只是因为工资和头衔去做一项学术研究的话,你的快乐不会持久。真正的激情意味着将真挚的爱投入到你所做的每件事情当中去,即使他人说你在做的那件事情多么愚蠢,或即使那件事情报酬十分微薄。或许事实也并不总是这样,有个说法是:


Do what you love and the money will follow.


“做你所热爱的事,金钱自然会随之而来。”


Passion has many meanings, but the most crucial part of any kind of passion is desire. It may not be very ‘Zen’ of me to say it, but this kind of ‘desire’ is different. Here, it is the desire to quench an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, a desire to do the best that we can and a desire to be happy.


激情有多层含义,但最重要的一层则是“欲望”。我说“欲望”,你也许觉得我不够清净无为,但这种“欲望”和我们通常所理解的欲望是不同的。这里的“欲望”是指你想去平息你对知识永不熄灭的渴求,想去追求卓越,想去追求幸福与快乐。


I know it isn’t always rainbows and butterflies, sometimes academic life is tough, and full of rough patches. But that’s ok, as long as deep down inside the passion is still there, then you can keep going. If you’re having trouble finding it, try:


我知道学习的道路并不总是一帆风顺,有时候学术道路是艰难的,崎岖的。但是只要我们内心还充满着激情,我们便有力量继续前行。但如果你似乎觉得激情不再,你可以试试以下的建议:


1. Meditation and reflection. Sometimes we get so caught up in our lives that we leave things that are important but not urgent at the back of our minds. Quiet meditation, even for a few minutes, can help us find the reasons why we chose to be here in the first place and let them generate the passion that we lost from the stress of everyday life.


1、冥想和沉思。有时候我们为生活琐事所困扰,却把那些虽不紧迫但十分重要的事抛在了脑后。就算只是静静的沉思数分钟,也可以帮助我们找到我们来上大学的原因,重拾那些因为生活压力而丢失的激情。


2. Reading. The essays, articles, posts, books and other works of the great experts can be really inspiring. They create goals that you can aim for, maybe even one day surpass. I can guarantee that those people didn’t get there without a dash of Real Passion.


2、阅读。阅读论文,时文,邮件,书籍,或是其他大师之作都会是一件充满启迪的事。这些读物可以给你带来目标,即使你的这个目标只需一日就可实现。我相信没有一股真正的激情的人也写不出这些东西。


3. Visualisation. Connecting the previous two suggestions, visualisation is a powerful tool. If you can visualise yourself in your dream job, you’re a quarter of the way there already, because you know where you’re going. You can figure out how to get there later. If you had no boundaries and no fears, where would you be in ten years time?


3、做白日梦。 如果你遵循了前两个建议的话,做白日梦也会是极其有效的。如果你能想象出你热爱的工作是什么样子,你就已经完成这个梦想的四分之一了,因为你对你前行的目的地已经了然于胸,你于是可以想尽各种办法到达那里。如果你敢于天马行空、毫无畏惧的做做白日梦,那么真正十年后你会变成什么样子呢?


4. Going home. If it’s possible, going home for a little while (perhaps for one weekend) can really help make you realise how far you’ve come since you left. I went home for the first time in months after leaving for college and I was surprised at how both the same and different everything seemed. Not much had physically changed, my home still smelt like home and even my old room was just as I left it, but I was changed. I had come so far in so little time, I was so amazed, I didn’t want to stop. When I got back I was completely motivated to keep moving forwards.


4、回家。 如果可能的话,回一趟家,这样你就知道自己离家多久,走了多远。我在刚上大学的几个月后回了一趟家,我当时惊讶于一些事物看起来完全变了,而一些事物却还是老样子。我的家的摆设还是没有改变的,还是那样充满家的味道,我的房间也和我离开前一模一样,但是我变了。我在短时间内就走了如此远,以至于我自己也感到惊讶,而我却不曾想停下脚步。当我回到家时,我感到自己充满了前进的勇气。


5. Focus. Sometimes we lose our passion for something because we spread what passion we have over too many commitments. We want to try out new things, make lot’s of friends, fit more things to do into our lives. Most of the time this a good thing, we should make the most out of the opportunities that we get in college, but every now and again being spread to thinly can make us forget where our real passion lies. Bringing it back to what we love best and focussing on that can help recreate the passion we once held for it.


5、专注。 有时候我们把自己的激情分成很多份,同时做很多的事情,结果往往是我们失去了激情。我们想尝试新鲜的事物,想结交更多的朋友,为生活注入很多新的元素。这通常是好的,因为我们正应该好好利用上大学所赋予我们的契机。但同时做太多的事做会使我们失去激情。回到对我们所热爱的事物的专注上,我们便能重拾激情。


All being said, it is important to distinguish between temporarily forgotten passion and passion that has died. When it is time to move on, it’s time to move on, and letting go of attachments to once-have’s and what-could-have-been’s can be just as important. Nevertheless, it all boils down to how greatly you need to have passion, how influential it can be and how crucial an ingredient it is in The Recipe for Student Success.

 

说了这么多,有一点很重要,那就是区分暂时忘却了激情和激情已死。该继续的时候还得继续,让过去的就过去吧,让遗憾就留在从前。尽管如此,所有的还是归结到你对激情的需要程度上、激情对你的影响程度上,和激情对一个想要成功的学生的重要程度上。


相关链接:成功学生的秘诀——要素二:毅力
相关链接:成功学生的秘诀——要素三:健康

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