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劳伦斯.拉里.埃里森(甲骨文公司总裁)在耶鲁大学的演讲稿  

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劳伦斯.拉里.埃里森(甲骨文公司总裁)在耶鲁大学的演讲稿
2008年12月04日 星期四 10:33
The Speaker:Larry. EllisonOracle.埃里森(

Graduates of Yale University, I apologize if you have endured this type of prologue before, but I want you to do something for me. Please, take a good look around you. Look at the classmate on your left. Look at the classmate on your right. Now, consider this:five years from now, 10 years from now, even 30 years from now, odds are the person on your left is going to be a loser. The person on your right, meanwhile, will also be a loser. And you, in the middle? What can you expect? Loser. Loserhood. Loser Cum Laude.

耶鲁大学的毕业生们,假如你们难以接受这样的开场白的话我深感抱歉。不妨请你们为我做点事——好好看看您周围,看看你左边的同学,再看看你右边的同学。现在,请这样设想:5年后,10年后,乃至30年之后,有可能你左边的这位会成为一个失败者;同样,右边的这位,也是个失败者。而你,在中间的这位,你会有啥指望呢?失败者!戴学位帽的失败者(Loserhood,其中hood有多种解释,在这里指学位帽上的飘带);考高分的失败者。

In fact, as I look out before me today, I dont see a thousand hopes for a bright tomorrow. I dont see a thousand future leaders in a thousand industries. I see a thousand losers.

说实话,今天当我审视我面前时,我没有看到一千个有着光辉前途的人;我没有看到一千个企业的未来领导人。我看到的是一千个失败者。

Youre upset. Thats understandable. After all, how can I, Lawrence Larry Ellison,college dropout, have the audacity to spout such heresy to the graduating class of one of the nations most prestigious institutions? I’ll tell you why. Because I, Lawrence. Larry. Ellison, second richest man on the planet, am a college dropout, and you are not.Because Bill Gates, richest man on the planet —— for now, anyway —— is a college dropout, and you are not anyhow.Because Paul Allen, the third richest man on the planet, dropped out of college, and you did not.And for good measure, because Michael Dell, No. 9 on the list and moving up fast, is a college dropout, and you, yet again, are not.

你们感到沮丧了吧?这可以理解。毕竟,我,劳伦斯.拉里.埃里森,一个退学生,怎么有脸敢面对国内最负盛名的学府的毕业生们如此大言不惭地大放厥词呢?我来告诉你为什么。因为我,劳伦斯.拉里.埃里森,这个星球上的第二富豪,是个辍学生,而你不是。因为比尔.盖茨,这个星球上最富有的人,依然是个退学生,总之你不是。因为保罗.艾伦,本星球上第三富翁,他退学了,而你没有。因为还有一个好例子,就是迈克尔.戴尔,排名仍迅速蹿升的九号富翁,也是个退学生。而你,再重复一遍,不是。

Hmm . . . youre very upset. Thats understandable. So let me stroke your egos for a moment by pointing out, quite sincerely, that your diplomas were not attained in vain. Most of you, I imagine, have spent four to five years here, and in many ways what youve learned and endured will serve you well in the years ahead. Youve established good work habits. Youve established a network of people that will help you down the road. And youve established what will be lifelong relationships with the word therapy. All that of is good. For in truth, you will need that network. You will need those strong work habits. You will need that therapy.

嗯……您很沮丧吧,这可以理解。怎么,我的一番非议打击了您的自尊了吧!凭心而论,您的文凭也不是毫无用处,我知道,你们大多数在这里花了四到五年时间,在很多方面收获了受益终生的学问和经历;养成了良好的工作习惯;建立了有助于您未来之路的人际关系网。而您所拥有的这些经我点拨会受用终生。

所有这些都不错。说实话,您将需要这些关系网;需要这些很棒的工作习惯;您也需要接受点拨。

You will need them because you didnt drop out, and so you will never be among the richest people in the world. Oh sure, you may, perhaps, work your way up to No. 10 or No. 11, like Steve Ballmer. But then, I dont have to tell you who he really works for, do I?And for the record, he dropped out of grad school. Bit of a late bloomer.

因为你没有辍学,所以你永远不会成为世界上最富有的人。哦,当然,你或许可以通过你的努力达到排名第10或第11位,就像史蒂夫.鲍尔默。然而,我还没告诉你他其实是在为谁工作是吧?在为我干呢!而据记载,他读研时辍的学,有点大器晚成了(a late bloomer是美国成语“大器晚成”)。

Finally, I realize that many of you, and hopefully by now most of you, are wondering, Is there anything I can do? Is there any hope for me at all? Actually, no. Its too late. Youve absorbed too much, think you know too much. Youre not 19 anymore. You have a built-in cap, and Im not referring to the mortar boards on your heads.

现在,我猜想你们中的很多人,也许是绝大多数人,正在琢磨:我能做什么呢?我还有希望吗?说实话,没有了,太晚了。你们已汲取了太多,以为懂得太多。你们再也不是19岁了。你们桎梏已成(有了内置的帽子),哦,我指的可不是你们脑袋上的学位帽。
    Hmm…… youre really very upset. Thats understandable. So perhaps this would be a good time to bring up the silver lining. Not for you, Class of 00. You are a write-off,so I'll let you slink off to your pathetic $200,000-a-year jobs, where your checks will be signed by former classmates who dropped out two years ago.

嗯……你们感到非常沮丧了吧?这是可以理解的。因而,或许现在是有一线转机的最佳时机了!但这不是说给你们听的,2000年的毕业生们,你们已经报销了。因此,你们这帮倒霉蛋就去偷偷干那年薪只有区区20万的活路吧,在那里,工资单是由你两年前辍学的同班同学签署的。

Instead, I want to give hope to any underclassmen here today. I say to you, and I cant stress this enough: leave. Pack your things and your ideas and dont come back. Drop out. Start up.

事实上,我是寄希望于眼下尚未毕业的同学们。我要对他们说,这一点我必须充分强调一下:离开吧!收拾起你的东西,带着你的点子,永远不要回头。辍学吧,开始行动吧!

For I can tell you that a cap and gown will keep you down just as surely as these security guards dragging me off this stage are keeping me down . . .

(At this point The Oracle CEO was ushered off stage.




©2009 Baidu



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