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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Sam Walton | 山姆沃顿

Sam made his senior executives share hotel rooms, and he drove around in a pickup truck. He and his wife went to church every Sunday. They sat anywhere just like others. Mr. Walton would even quietly wash dishes at the church after meal.

One of the best things he ever said was that he made partners of every employee, and the success of Walmart was due to ideas of all the employees. In today’s buzz word, he meant that the success of the company was due to relentless innovation.

But what makes Mr. Walton so special is not just lowest price or best service to customers, but a true genuine humbleness: the belief that all people are equal in front of God.

To see a world in a grain of sand | 从沙粒看世界

Professor ShouCheng Zhang “passed away”. He is forever with us, seeing a world in a grain of sand, holding infinity in
hand.

这是张首晟所有视频里我们最喜欢的一个视频。 张教授深入浅出,循循善诱。尽管已经“离世”, 张教授永远和我们在一起从沙粒看世界,把永恒留在刹那时光。

We won’t quote any physics or mathematics from the video, except the title of the lecture, originally from William
Blake, and dedicate them to Professor Zhang:

To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
一颗沙里看出一个世界
一朵野花里一座天堂
把无限放在你的手掌
永恒在一剎那里收藏

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Meet Sophia – a “snobbish” robot | 嫌贫爱富的机器人

The video below shows a “confident looking” Sophia who tells the audience that she is always happy around smart people especially if they are rich and powerful. “She” is awarded citizenship by the Saudi King. To think logically I know it is just a gesture for valuing advanced AI technology, and that whatever she says has been programmed to a great extend by the humans behind the scene.
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给自己找点事做 | keeping busy

在中国时有一天,我们出去的大门口站着一位头发全白的瘦瘦高高的老太太,脸上满是笑容。她腋下夹着一团毛线,站着双手一直在织毛线。脚边铺着个小小摊子:一块布上就放着些鞋垫和手织的自行车坐垫。 我们问她手织一个坐垫要多久,她说得7个小时多。这么辛苦为什么呢?她笑着说,“我给自己找点事做。”
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New school | 新学校

Elon Musk has a school for his children, Ad Astra (Latin: to the stars). That’s a great name for a school.

There are many things our schools could have done much better even though there are lots of constraints: the need to satisfy a very diverse population, and legal matters.
In American public schools, value lessons are largely missing. Many teachers do not check or grade homework.  Kids are getting more undisciplined as they grow older…Chinese language is not taught even though China is such an important country… programming is not taught…美国学校应该向中国新东方那样的学校学习.

That’s why Magic Math Mandarin is created.

Patriotism is not racism

While it is not our mission to talk about politics, we do want our children to have the right values: patriotism is not racism.  We want to honor our national flag, history, veterans and our values.

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Brenda Barnes’s advice to her children

Every advice in this list is important and should be read them often.

1.  Work hard and do good work.
2. Value family. They will always be there for you. You may have tiffs, but work at keeping a healthy relationship.
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Life is marathon | 人生是一辈子的马拉松

俞敏洪说: 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。

If we keep moving toward the direction we want to go and stay focused, miracle will happen.