The only thing that really matters is | 唯一重要的是…

We watched this very informative, entertaining and inspiring video by GitHub co-founder Tom Breston, who tricked the audience to chant on three separate occasions during this short presentation from 2012:

  • “The only thing that really matters is people 是人”
  • “The only thing that really matters is product 是产品”
  • “The only thing that really matters is culture 是文化”.

So what is the one thing that really matters? 到底是什么呢? It is the trichotomy 三分法 of people, product and culture.

From one Tom Breston’s personal blog dated 2008, he wrote:

In the end, just as Indiana Jones could never turn down the opportunity to search for the Holy Grail, I could no less turn down the chance to work for myself on something I truly love, no matter how safe the alternative might be. When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say “wow, that was an adventure,” not ‘wow, I sure felt safe.'”

Words from XDF Founder | 俞敏洪:人生是一辈子的马拉松

人生是一辈子的马拉松

人一生有两件事不能做,一是低估自己,二是低估别人。首先不能低估自己。也许你没有优秀的资源,但无论现在社会地位如何,无论拥有的资源多少,与未来能否成功没有必然联系。与李开复相比,尽管我毕业于北京大学,但是我没有接受过西方优秀的教育,与放牛起家的牛根生相比,我似乎又是幸运的。最没有资源优势的牛根生却拥有像牛一样的精神、耐力、勇气,最后创造了蒙牛。

其次不要看低别人。很多人都会以貌取人,这是非常不对的。以我举例,上大学的时候,因为长相不够英俊,农村家庭出身,所以非常不受女生喜爱。毕业后的今天,同学聚会时我们班女生才走过来热情地握住我的手。所以我曾开玩笑的说:男人的长相与他的成就成反比,马云就是最典型的例证。

不放弃,就会出现生命的奇迹

一棵杨树10年后会变成苍天大树,但绝不会成为一颗松树。但是,人的成长是一种对不可预知的未来的渴望,成长是一种情愿在成长道路上创造奇迹的精神。我们无法预测未来,我们惟一能做的就是在成长的道路上不断前进,克服一个又一个困难,不放弃,才会出现生命的奇迹。

霍金,只有一根手指可以活动,医生曾预测他活不过20岁,但是他却活到了今天并成为世界最著名的科学家、未来学家。人生必定不是百米赛跑,人生是一辈子的马拉松,走出多少距离是我们自己来选择的。只要不放弃,就会拥有未来,就会创造生命的奇迹。
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Law of survival | 生存法则

星期天,有一个人的时间。是来总结和吸取教训的时候:

千万不要把自己的短处在跟别人的长处硬拼
别盲目地模仿别人或竞争对手,
应该先弄清自己的优势和真正的爱好,
決定要发展的方向,
创造不公平的优势(unfair advantage),
发展该优势来创造在未来行业的不可取代性
才会成功!

和朋友们共勉

没有人会直接给你荣华富贵,只有送你机会和平台,现在这个时代什么都不缺,缺的只有像鹰一样的眼光,像狼一样的精神,像熊一样的胆量,像豹一样的速度。只要你讲诚信,懂感恩,成功一定属于你!平台,商机,机遇,抓住就是你人生的财富。
机会从不等待一切犹豫者,观望者,懈怠者,软弱者。

Need to learn Mandarin Chinese (it is “need”, not “want”)

It has been a long time since my last post.  I have been very busy with family, work, and learning deep learning.  This post is about the need to learn Chinese.

Learning Chinese is not something nice-to-have.  Rather, it is important enough that you need to do systematically.   The rich and powerful already knew it and have invested in their young.  They hire Chinese nannies and private tutors.  We saw that Arabella Kushner, President Trump’s granddaughter and former president Obama’s daughters all learn Chinese.

Some young people tell me they do not need to learn Chinese because they have very good phone apps that can do the translation for them.   Translation apps might be enough if you only want to deal with anything made-in-China occasionally.   But if you want to compete, learn, or have any kind of relationship with the Chinese, you’d better learn.    After all, who wants to communicate with you through an app, regardless of the limitation and accuracy of app translation.

You need to learn Mandarin Chinese if you want to be a competitive worker in the coming age.  Because China is the No. 1 economy in the world, in expectation terms.   The same reason why English is such a popular language will propel Mandarin Chinese to be very popular.   England was the most powerful nation two hundred years ago.  America, the former English colony, was the most powerful nation in the 20th century…and you know the rest.  If you want to be a future leader, you need to know Mandarin Chinese to engage with China.

But most Americans haven’t realized that, especially those who are economically disadvantaged.   Mandarin Chinese is not offered in most public schools, especially not in urban ones.  So you must act on your own, if others have not put it on your plate.

I found an excellent article “Mandarin Learning Is a Must”, written by Jack Markell (the 73rd Governor of Delaware) and Gary R. Herbert  (the 17th Governor of Utah).   They argue that learning Mandarin is critical to the educational and economic success of American students.  I cannot agree more.

 

How to create successful school | 办学成功法

We have grown into a fully functioning school following the following guiding principles from two great doers:

  • Thomas Edison:  1% inspiration 灵感 + 99% perspiration 勤奋
  • Elon Musk:  You start with an idea.  That idea is mostly wrong.  Then you adapt and keep refining it.  You listen to some criticism.  Engage in recursive self improvement循环往复地提高自我. Constantly refining it, making it better.  不断地打磨。Keep repeating on a loop that says “Am I doing something useful for other people 我所做的对别人有用吗?”  Because that is what a company do: it is a group of people gather together to produce a product or service.  That company should only exist if that product or service is useful to customers.

 

 

Kids making money and building things 小孩也能赚钱

In his youth, he sold coke at stadium, chewing gum door to door and then delivered papers, knew how buy, sell and short stocks. He bought his own car, and a farm with his own money and investments.  He became the most successful investor in the world.

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Keep learning everyday | 坚持每天学习

It is obvious that without advancing skills one should not be expecting to have the same income growth comparing with people who are having the most wanted skills (domestic or foreign), no matter what one’s past credentials are. So instead of saying “why is my wage not growing?” or “we need to raise the minimum-wage”, why not work harder and keep learning everyday.
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