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6. Jerry Zucker杰瑞·朱克


Director, movie producer 导演、电影制片人


University of Wisconsin  威斯康辛大学


May 17, 2003   2003年5月17日


It doesn't matter whether your dream came true if you spent your whole life sleeping.


Ask yourself one question: If I didn't have to do it perfectly, what would I try?


Nobody else is paying as much attention to your failures as you are. You're the only one who is obsessed with the importance of your own life. To everyone else, it's just a blip on the radar screen, so just move on.








7. Earl Bakken厄尔·巴肯


Businessman  商人


University of Hawaii 夏威夷大学


May 16, 2004  2004年5月16日


By all reckoning, the bumblebee is aerodynamically unsound and shouldn't be able to fly. Yet, the little bee gets those wings going like a turbo-jet and flies to every plant its chubby little body can land on to collect all the nectar it can hold.


Bumblebees are the most persistent creatures. They don't know they can't fly, so they just keep buzzing around.


Never give in to pessimism. Don't know that you can't fly, and you will soar like an eagle. Don't end up regretting what you did not do because you were too lazy or too frightened to soar. Be a bumblebee! And soar to the heavens. You can do it.








8. John Walsh约翰·沃尔什


Author and art historian  作家和艺术历史学家


Wheaton College  惠顿学院


2000    2000年


Do one thing at a time. Give each experience all your attention. Try to resist being distracted by other sights and sounds, other thoughts and tasks, and when it is, guide your mind back to what you're doing.


I'm not warning against learning many things on many subjects. My warning is against distraction, whether you invite it or just let it happen. In baseball, high-percentage hitters know better: it's “focus” they talk about, and they prize it as much as strength. Psychologists describe skilled rock climbers and tennis players and pianists as going beyond focus, to what they have called a “flow” experience, a sense of absorption with the rock or the ball or the music in which the “me versus it” disappears and there's a kind of oneness with the task that brings a joyful higher awareness, as well as successful performance. I've had these experiences, too little but not too late, and probably you have, too. They are a supreme kind of pleasure. You will have more of them if you do one thing at a time.






9. David L. Calhoun大卫·卡尔霍恩


Businessman  商人


Virginia Tech  弗吉尼亚理工大学


May 13, 2005  2005年5月13日


I worked for a guy named Jack Welch for twenty years at GE. He was, and is, a great mentor as much as a great leader. If I had to isolate the subject he spoke most passionately to me about, over all those years, it is that SELF CONFIDENCE is the most important, the indispensable characteristic of success, the common characteristic shared by great leaders whose talents may have varied widely in most other respects.


So, how do you get it? What is the secret to developing your own brand of self-confidence?


First, you must resolve to grow intellectually, morally, technically, and professionally every day through your entire work and family life. You need to ask yourself every day: Am I really up to speed or falling behind? Am I still learning? Or am I just doing the same stuff on a different day or as Otis Redding sings, “Sitting on the dock of the bay... watching the tide roll away?”


The lust for learning is age-independent.


Another important way to build your confidence is to seek out the toughest jobs, the most daunting scientific, engineering or management challenges.












10. Marc S. Lewis马克·刘易斯


Clinical psychology professor  临床心理学教授


University of Texas at Austin  得克萨斯大学奥斯汀分校


May 19, 2000    2000年5月19日


There are times when you are going to do well, and times when you're going to fail. But neither the doing well, nor the failure is the measure of success. The measure of success is what you think about what you've done. Let me put that another way: The way to be happy is to like yourself and the way to like yourself is to do only things that make you proud.


There's that old joke, not very funny, that goes, “No matter where you go, there you are.” That's true. The person who you're with most in life is yourself and if you don't like yourself you're always with somebody you don't like.