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而是试图让它有趣

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“小编不再计较让生活百科,而是试图让它风趣。”

谢谢 Reed 主席,恭喜全数 2011 级的同桌。

很兴奋回到 MIT,也很赏心悦目今日能和你们在合营。笔者还是带着本身的 Brass Rat,在毕业那天转动那一个戒指仍是自个儿生命中最自豪的每一日之生龙活虎。

有许多原因使这一天十分特别,但我为你们的提神的案由是,那是你们人生中再也没有要求勾选框框的首先天。

在你们的头 20 年,生命里的打响意味着从生龙活虎环跳到另蓬蓬勃勃环:得到质量评定成绩、走入那所学校,上课、得到那些学位。步向三个好的机关,以便步向下多少个好的机构。全体这一切都在前几天终止了。

设计人生里最难的事是不明了要去何地,却愿意尽快到达这里。大概你会创建一家市肆、治愈肉瘤或写伟大的美国立小学说。但哪个人知道啊?这么些事也许会错得不可相信。作者也不知晓。

前天在这里地穿着长袍演讲实际不是自己四年前布署中的黄金时代局地。事实上,笔者从不曾一个壮烈的安排——而自己几天前察觉到,毕业后大概未有或许有这么贰个安顿。

自己想了好数10次,你们不久前开班的生存到底有哪些两样。笔者想过倘诺重来小编会做什么。你们明白的许多正是变得聪明和大力干活。但尚无人告知您,明天今后,成功的的要诀矫正了。所以小编想给您们一张小抄,笔者在友好结业的时候想要的那一张。

自个儿的小抄上从未有过过多剧情。独有三个网球、一个圆形和数字 30000。忍一下,笔者明白今后它们还并未有其他意义。

自家 21 岁时在一家 Chili's 饭馆里创制了首家集团。作者和合作创办者 AndrewCrick 都以第一回。大家不理解是或不是需求穿着西装去市政厅,或是制作公司印章来打字与印刷首要的文件。后来大家开采只要求到互连网填写一个报表,大致两秒钟就足以了。那有有些时断时续,但我们早就上马做事情了。吃着球葱圈,大家决定公司将为 SAT 制作风华正茂种全新的网课。那时候大大多儿女照旧选取老式的 800 页课本,而其余网课一点都倒霉。大家给它起名字为 Accolade,多少个 SAT 词汇,表示褒奖荣誉。实际上,大家称之为 “Accolade 公司有限权利集团”,那样听起来更令人回忆深切。

本身在回家的途中停在了斯台普斯,储备了部分卡牌。很料定,做事情最主要的步骤是 PS 三个注明,然后打印一些片子,下边印着“创办者”。做专门的学问的下八个步骤是在会议上把它们发出去,然后告诉女孩们“是的,作者有叁个铺面。”那十分帅了。

但最棒的片段是读书各样新东西。小编每一个暑假都住在兄弟会的屋家里,五楼有三个楼梯通到楼顶。小编拖了二个浅橙尼龙折叠椅过去,还抱了好些个从亚马逊(Amazon卡塔尔(قطر‎购买的书过去,笔者把种种周六的时日都花在阅读商场、贩卖、管理等自己完全不打听的地点。作者并不曾筹划在 Phi Delta Theta 的屋顶上获得 MBA,但便是那般发生了。

八年后,事情初始走下坡路了。小编觉着要获取进行尤为难了,有的时候候作者会情感失控,不大概解开关系平行线的数学题,或然不恐怕相见 3:45 离开格勒诺布尔的轻轨。小编想某事情现身了难点。小编因为未有分娩力而以为抱歉。创办一家商厦一贯是自家的企盼,可能,笔者从不这么些技能。

进而小编小憩了一小段日子。当然,固然你在 6 班,“苏息”有的时候候表示写二个扑克牌机器人。对于那多少个不知道如何是扑克机器人的同窗,正是您在英特网玩扑克牌游戏,坐着点了什么日期辰的开关,然后输掉全体钱。而八个扑克牌机器人则代表能够让Computer为你输掉全体钱。

但那是二个树碑立传的挑衅。小编被它决定了。哪怕是沐浴的时候笔者也会思忖它。上午的时候也会思谋。就像张开了八个开关——笔者豁然产生了生机勃勃台机械。

举办到中等的时候,父母希望大家富有的人去加利福尼亚州过三遍家庭星期日。但本身的确想接二连三做自己的扑克牌机器人。所以小编张开笔者的CIMA后备箱,然后把电脑和电线全体拖到了大家的见死不救室里。餐厅桌子非常不够大,所以自身把持有的锅和物价指数都移走了,为自己的显示屏腾出空间。这一次是笔者妈感到本人现身了难题。她坚信自个儿立马将要进拘系所了。

自己立马正是为爱怜的东西职业,但实际上并不是那样。相当的轻易说服自身正值做的事是保养的——哪个人想确认实际不是吗?当本人想开那或多或少时,我驾驭的那个最开心和最成功的人不但爱他们做的事,他们卧薪尝胆于消除一个第豆蔻年华的主题材料,对他们的话至关心器重要的事情。他们让笔者想起狗追棒球:它们的肉眼看起来有一点点疯狂,绳子放手它们飞奔出去,撞走途中的别的东西。笔者有部分别样朋友也很尽力干活、拿到了丰硕的待遇,但她俩抱怨像被铐在了办公桌子的上面。

主题材料是广大人从未及时找到她们的网球。不要误会小编的野趣——笔者喜悦和下一位近似的大好条件测量检验,但产生SAT 家庭作业届的圣上并非自身想要的。让自家以为恐慌的是,扑克牌机器人和 Dropbox 一方始都以让自个儿分心的事务。作者脑海中那幽微的鸣响告诉作者应该去哪个地方,但自笔者直接在让它闭嘴,那样作者本事回来职业。但奇迹小动静才是最佳的。

本人花了风流倜傥段时间才精晓,工作最努力的人并不劳动,因为她俩顺练有素。他们全力干活,因为死灭叁个动人心弦的难题非凡风趣。所早前不久之后,不要再强迫自个儿;而要找到自个儿的网球,那件推动你的事。恐怕需求花点时间,但持续坚决守护内心中那细小的声音,知道你找到它。

让大家回去笔者毕业的丰硕夏季,你将在来到的夏季。作者兄弟会的二个弟兄,Adam Smith,以至他的对象 Matt Brezina 将在创办一家商厦,大家决定联合在二个公寓专业,那样会很风趣。

这是一个完美的夏天——大致巨细无遗。空调坏了,所以我们都穿着内裤编码。Adam 和 马特全天候办事,但随着时间推移,他们不停被秘密的投资者拉走,投资者会享用自个儿的暧昧、带他们坐直接升学机。笔者有一点点嫉妒——笔者早就为本身的信用合作社专门的学问了八年,Adam 只专门的学业了多少个月。笔者的直接升学机在哪个地区坐?

作业只会变得更糟。7月要到了,Adam 告诉本人多少个坏音讯:他们要搬出去了。不仅仅是太热了,还恐怕有他们要去硅谷了,他们做出真正的行进了,而作者却绝非。

历次自己给 艾达m 打电话都会听到职业在什么样开展。总是蛮好。“大家今日早晨见到了 Vinod,”他会那样跟自个儿说。Vinod Khosla 是 Sun 铭瑄的协同创办者、超级富翁投资者。然后 Adam 丢出了大器晚成枚炸弹,“他将在给大家三百万英镑。”

本人为她深感欢娱,但这对本人的话是四个惊诧格外。他是自己老实的乒球利口酒游戏友人,也是本身兄弟会里的兄弟,比作者小两岁。笔者不能够再有借口了。他立即要参预一流碗了,而本身居然未曾经在选秀中被选上。Adam 那时并不知道,他踢了本身须臾间,小编正须求这一即刻。是时候改造了。

世家平常说你是与您常在同盟的 5 个人的平均值。花一秒钟想转手:你的园地是哪三个人?作者有三个好音讯,MIT 是社会风气上成立这一个世界最棒的地点之风华正茂。如果小编从没来此处,笔者不会遭遇Adam,作者也不会遇到自个儿美妙的一同开创者,Arash,也就不会有 Dropbox。

方今自家就学到了,让和睦被神采奕奕的人包围,和有后天或用力干活相近首要。你能想象Michael·Jordan未有进来 美职篮,他身边的 5 个人是一批英国人啊?你的领域拉动你变得更加好,就是 Adam 带动自己同后生可畏。

现在您的圈子将会拉长,会包罗你的同事和四周的每一种人。你住的地点会有震慑:只有二个MIT,唯有四个好莱坞,仅有三个硅谷。那不是偶合:无论你在从业什么,一流的颜值常常只去四个地点。你应该去这边。不要在别的任何地方定居。结识小编认为的无畏然后向她们学习,给了作者伟大的优势。你感觉的助人为乐也是你圈子的意气风发有的——跟随他们。假若实在的行动产生在别的的地点,那就去。

毕业后你会踩进的末尾三个坑是“筹算好了。”不要误会作者的情致:学习是你的首要任务,但现行反革命最快的求学方式正是去做。假使你有贰个愿意,你能够用一生的时间来读书和兼顾,来为之做好思虑。你现在理应做的正是从头。

老实巴交说,作者从不曾感到温馨“准备好了。”,直到大家的第叁个投资人说了好,然后问我们钱送到哪儿。对于 24 岁的人的话,这便是圣诞节——张开礼物正是在 bankofamerica.com 上三遍又三次刷新,瞅着你的厂商账户从 60 先令到 120 万加元。刚初叶自己大喜过望——这一个数字里仍有八个逗号!小编截了张图——然后笔者恍然有个别反胃。有一天那一个人会把钱要再次回到。笔者要好毕竟他妈的拿走了怎么样?

你们已经精通这种感到:在 MIT 我们称它为”用消防栓喝水。“它犹如听起来的那么有意思,大家都有内出血来注明它。但我们也学到了,那是对你有好处的。明天,多个阀门关上了。你必要出去找到另多少个消火栓。

Dropbox 是自己的。正像你们推测的,建设这家商铺是本身生命中最令人欢腾、风趣和充实的经历。但本人并未真正说出来的是,它也是最屈辱、颓唐和悲凉的经验,小编还是数不出出错的思想政治工作的数据。

幸运的是,这并从未关联。没有人在现实生活中拿走 5.0。事实上,结束学业以往,GPA 的实在概念就清除了。当您在母校时,种种细小的不当都会化为你那面挡风玻璃的恒久裂缝。但在具体世界中,借令你不是每一遍都转身去撞墙,就不会走的那么快。你最大的高风险不是战败,而是变得太舒性格很顽强在艰难险阻或巨大压力面前不屈。

Bill·盖茨的首家商店创设交通灯软件。Steve·Jobs的首先家市肆做塑料口哨,能够让您拨打无需付费电话。三个都战败了,但很难想象她们曾对此很衰颓。这是明日的改变中自身最喜爱的事情。你不再指导表示您具有错误数量的数字。从今后起来,战败都还没涉嫌:你只须要成功叁回。

自家原先忧郁美妙绝伦的作业,但本人可以回想自个儿平静下来的那一刻。作者正要搬到新德里,一天晚上自家睡不着,所以自个儿张开了自个儿的台式机Computer。笔者在网络读到“你的人生有 30000 天。”开端小编从不想太多,但本身乍然想在总括器上打出去。小编输入 24 乘以 365,然后——作者的天,作者早就一了百了了差不离 9000 天。笔者他妈一贯在做哪些?

(顺便说一句:你们过去了 8000 天。)

由此那正是 30000 为何出以往小抄上。那天晚上,笔者发觉到未有热身、未有练习的回合、未有重新载入参数开关。每日我们都在为大家的传说写下多少个新的语句。当您死的时候,不会像“那儿躺了 Drew,他是第 1柒十二个来的。”所以自此时起,作者不再计较让生活圆满,而是希图让它风趣。作者期望作者的轶闻会是八个狗急跳墙——那就形成了装有的分别。

自家曾祖母前几天在这地,上周大家会庆祝她的 九十四周岁华诞。作者搬到加利福尼亚州后我们越来越多通过对讲机交换。但有风华正茂件事一直让自个儿纠葛,她三回九转用贰个单词来了却我们的电话机:“Excelsior”,意思是“一贯向上。”

前天在你们的完成学业典礼上,你们现实生活的率后天,那是本人为你们许的意思。不要试图让生活百科,给和谐随便让它成为三回冒险,並且永久向上。多谢。

原文

Below is the prepared text of the Commencement address by Drew Houston '05, the CEO of Dropbox, for MIT's 147th Commencement held June 7, 2013.

Thank you Chairman Reed, and congratulations to all of you in the class of 2013.

I'm so happy to be back at MIT, and it's an honor to be here with you today. I still wear my Brass Rat, and turning this ring around on graduation day is still one of the proudest moments of my life.

There are a lot of reasons why this is a special day, but the reason I'm so excited for all of you is that today is the first day of your life where you no longer need to check boxes.

For your first couple decades, success in life has meant jumping through one hoop after another: get these test scores, get into this college. Take these classes, get this degree. Get into this prestigious institution so you can get into the next prestigious institution. All of that ends today.

The hard thing about planning your life is you have no idea where you're going, but you want to get there as soon as possible. Maybe you'll start a company, or cure cancer, or write the great American novel. Or who knows? Maybe things will go horribly wrong. I had no idea.

Being up here in robes and speaking to all of you today wasn't exactly part of my plan seven years ago. In fact, I've never really had a grand plan — and what I realize now is that it's probably impossible to have one after graduation, if ever.

I've thought a lot about what's different about the life you're beginning today. I've thought about what I would do if I had to start all over again. What got you here was basically being smart and working hard. But nobody tells you that after today, the recipe for success changes. So what I want to do is give you a little cheat sheet, the one I would have loved to have had on my graduation day.

If you were to look at my cheat sheet, there wouldn't be a lot on it. There would be a tennis ball, a circle, and the number 30,000. I know this doesn't make any sense right now, but bear with me.

I started my first company in a Chili's when I was 21. My cofounder, Andrew Crick, and I had never done this before. We were wondering if you needed to wear a suit to City Hall, or if you needed to make a company seal for stamping important documents. It turns out you can just go online and fill out a form and be done in about two minutes. It was a little anti-climactic, but we were in business. Over onion strings we decided that our company was going to make a new kind of online course for the SAT. Most kids back then were still using these old-school 800-page books, and the other online prep courses weren't very good. We called it Accolade, an SAT vocab word meaning an award of distinction. Well, actually, we called it "The Accolade Group, LLC" which we thought sounded a lot more impressive.

I stopped at Staples on the way home to pick up some card stock. Clearly, the most important order of business was to Photoshop a logo and print out some business cards that said "Founder" on them. The next order of business was to hand them out at conferences, and tell girls "why yes, I do have a company." It was awesome.

But the best part was learning all kinds of new things. I lived in my fraternity house every summer, and up on the fifth floor there's a ladder that goes up to the roof. I had this green nylon folding chair that I'd drag up there along with armfuls of business books I bought off Amazon and I'd spend every weekend reading about marketing, sales, management and all these other things I knew nothing about. I wasn't planning to get my MBA on the roof of Phi Delta Theta, but that's what happened.

A couple years later, things started going downhill. I felt like I had to paddle harder and harder to make progress, and at some point I just snapped and couldn't deal with any more math questions about parallel lines or the train leaving Memphis at 3:45. I figured something was wrong with me. I felt guilty for being so unproductive. Starting a company had been my dream, and, well, maybe I didn't have what it takes after all.

So I took a little break. Of course, if you're in course 6, sometimes "taking a break" means writing a poker bot. For those of you who don't know what a poker bot is, what happens when you play poker online is first, you sit for hours and click buttons, and then you lose all your money. A poker bot means you can have your computer lose all your money for you.
But it was a fascinating challenge. I was possessed. I would think about it in the shower. I would think about it in the middle of the night. It was like a switch went on — suddenly I was a machine.

In the middle of all this, my mom and dad wanted all of us to come up to New Hampshire to spend a family weekend together. But I really wanted to keep working on my poker bot. So I pull up in my Accord and open the trunk, and next I'm dragging all my computer stuff and all these wires into our little cottage. The dining room table wasn't big enough so I started moving all the pots and pans off the stove to make room for all my monitors. This time it was my mom who thought something was wrong with me. She was convinced I was going to jail.
I was going to say work on what you love, but that's not really it. It's so easy to convince yourself that you love what you're doing — who wants to admit that they don't? When I think about it, the happiest and most successful people I know don't just love what they do, they're obsessed with solving an important problem, something that matters to them. They remind me of a dog chasing a tennis ball: their eyes go a little crazy, the leash snaps and they go bounding off, plowing through whatever gets in the way. I have some other friends who also work hard and get paid well in their jobs, but they complain as if they were shackled to a desk.
The problem is a lot of people don’t find their tennis ball right away. Don't get me wrong — I love a good standardized test as much as the next guy, but being king of SAT prep wasn’t going to be mine. What scares me is that both the poker bot and Dropbox started out as distractions. That little voice in my head was telling me where to go, and the whole time I was telling it to shut up so I could get back to work. Sometimes that little voice knows best.
It took me a while to get it, but the hardest-working people don't work hard because they're disciplined. They work hard because working on an exciting problem is fun. So after today, it's not about pushing yourself; it's about finding your tennis ball, the thing that pulls you. It might take a while, but until you find it, keep listening for that little voice.

Let's go back to the summer after my graduation, the summer you're about to have. One of my fraternity brothers, Adam Smith, and his friend Matt Brezina were starting a company and we decided it would be fun for all of us to work together out of one apartment.

It was the perfect summer — well, almost perfect. The air conditioner was broken so we were all coding in our boxers. Adam and Matt were working around the clock, but as time went on they kept getting pulled away by potential investors who would share their secrets and take them on helicopter rides. I was a little jealous — I had been working on my company for a couple years and Adam had only been at it for a couple months. Where were my helicopter rides?

Things only got worse. August rolled around and Adam gave me the bad news: they were moving out. Not only was my supply of Hot Pockets cut off, but they were off to Silicon Valley, where the real action was happening, and I wasn't.

Every now and then I'd give Adam a call and hear how things were going. Things were always pretty good. "We met with Vinod this afternoon," he would tell me. Vinod Khosla is the billionaire investor and cofounder of Sun Microsystems. Then Adam dropped the bomb. "He's going to give us five million dollars."

I was thrilled for him, but it was a shock for me. Here was my faithful beer pong partner and my little brother in the fraternity, two years younger than me. I was out of excuses. He was off to the Super Bowl and I wasn't even getting drafted. He had no idea at the time, but Adam had given me just the kick I needed. It was time for a change.

They say that you're the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Think about that for a minute: who would be in your circle of 5? I have some good news: MIT is one of the best places in the world to start building that circle. If I hadn't come here, I wouldn't have met Adam, I wouldn't have met my amazing cofounder, Arash, and there would be no Dropbox.
One thing I've learned is surrounding yourself with inspiring people is now just as important as being talented or working hard. Can you imagine if Michael Jordan hadn’t been in the NBA, if his circle of 5 had been a bunch of guys in Italy? Your circle pushes you to be better, just as Adam pushed me.

And now your circle will grow to include your coworkers and everyone around you. Where you live matters: there’s only one MIT. And there's only one Hollywood and only one Silicon Valley. This isn't a coincidence: for whatever you're doing, there's usually only one place where the top people go. You should go there. Don’t settle for anywhere else. Meeting my heroes and learning from them gave me a huge advantage. Your heroes are part of your circle too — follow them. If the real action is happening somewhere else, move.

The last trap you might fall into after school is "getting ready." Don't get me wrong: learning is your top priority, but now the fastest way to learn is by doing. If you have a dream, you can spend a lifetime studying and planning and getting ready for it. What you should be doing is getting started.

Honestly, I don't think I've ever been "ready." I remember the day our first investors said yes and asked us where to send the money. For a 24 year old, this is Christmas — and opening your present is hitting refresh over and over on bankofamerica.com and watching your company's checking account go from 60 dollars to 1.2 million dollars. At first I was ecstatic — that number has two commas in it! I took a screenshot — but then I was sick to my stomach. Someday these guys are going to want this back. What the hell have I gotten myself into?
You already know this feeling: at MIT we call it "drinking from the firehose." It’s about as fun as it sounds, and all of us have the internal bleeding to prove it. But we’ve also learned it's good for you. Today, one valve shuts off. Now you need to go out and find another firehose.
Dropbox has been mine. As you might expect, building this company has been the most exciting, interesting and fulfilling experience of my life. What I haven't really shared is that it's also been the most humiliating, frustrating and painful experience too, and I can't even count the number of things that have gone wrong.

Fortunately, it doesn't matter. No one has a 5.0 in real life. In fact, when you finish school, the whole notion of a GPA just goes away. When you're in school, every little mistake is a permanent crack in your windshield. But in the real world, if you're not swerving around and hitting the guard rails every now and then, you're not going fast enough. Your biggest risk isn't failing, it's getting too comfortable.

Bill Gates's first company made software for traffic lights. Steve Jobs's first company made plastic whistles that let you make free phone calls. Both failed, but it's hard to imagine they were too upset about it. That's my favorite thing that changes today. You no longer carry around a number indicating the sum of all your mistakes. From now on, failure doesn't matter: you only have to be right once.

I used to worry about all kinds of things, but I can remember the moment when I calmed down. I had just moved to San Francisco, and one night I couldn't sleep so I was on my laptop. I read something online that said "There are 30,000 days in your life." At first I didn't think much of it, but on a whim I tabbed over to the calculator. I type in 24 times 365 and — oh my God, I'm almost 9,000 days down. What the hell have I been doing?

(By the way: you guys are 8,000 days down.)

So that’s how 30,000 ended up on the cheat sheet. That night, I realized there are no warmups, no practice rounds, no reset buttons. Every day we're writing a few more words of a story. And when you die, it's not like "here lies Drew, he came in 174th place." So from then on, I stopped trying to make my life perfect, and instead tried to make it interesting. I wanted my story to be an adventure — and that's made all the difference.
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My grandmother is here today, and next week we'll be celebrating her 95th birthday. We talk more on the phone now that I’ve moved out to California. But one thing that's stuck with me is she always ends our phone calls with one word: "Excelsior," which means "ever upward."
And today on your commencement, your first day of life in the real world, that's what I wish for you. Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure, and go ever upward. Thank you.

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