学会对生活说YES ——埃里克·施密特
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  Finding a way to say "yes" to things
  Yes is a tiny word that can do big things. Say it often. There's a second thing I want youto do: Do not be afraid to fail. And DO NOT be afraid to succeed.
  ——Eric Emerson Schmidt
  Google公司(英语:Google Inc.),是一家美国的跨国科技企业,致力于互联网搜索、云计算、广告技术等领域。Google是由当时在斯坦福大学攻读理学博士的拉里·佩奇和谢尔盖·布林共同创建。1998年9月4日,Google以私营公司的形式创立,设计并管理一个互联网搜索引擎“Google搜索”,Google网站则于1999年下半年启用。2004年8月19日,Google公司的股票在纳斯达克上市,2010年谷歌退出中国大陆市场。2013年Google在世界经济500强排名第189名。
  埃里克·施密特(Eric Emerson Schmidt),1955年出生。是一位电脑工程师,他拥有普林斯顿大学电子电气工程师学士学位,同时有加州大学伯克利分校的计算机科学学士学位和博士学位。2001年到2011年4月十年间担任Google CEO。2001年Google创始人拉里·佩奇(Larry Page)和谢尔盖·布林(Sergey Brin)从Novell公司聘请其担任这一职务,此前他在Novell公司任董事长兼首席执行官,负责公司的战略规划、管理和技术发展。也曾是苹果公司董事会成员。同时他亦为卡内基梅隆大学和普林斯顿大学理事会托管者。
  Finding a way to say "yes" to things
  ——Eric Emerson Schmidt
  The future doesn't just happen. It's not etched or written or coded anywhere. There's noalgorithm or formula that says something will do X or Y to occur. Technology doesn't work onits own. It's just a tool. You are the ones who harness its power. And that requires innovation andentrepreneurship .
  Innovation is disruptive ; one thing I'll tell you: you know you are innovating when peopleare worried about you! Graduates, please make people worry, not your parents. Entrepreneurshipis the lifeblood of a new economy, and a more prosperous society, the engine that keepscommunities growing. Two-thirds of the new jobs created are in small businesses, and you allshould try now to create a small business, or be part of one…and, of course, I would recommendyou use all the products Google has to offer to set it up.
  You all have a chance to make an original contribution. Don't just be a shepherd followingsomebody else's vision and ideas. New models, new forms, new thinking—that's what we needfrom you. You don't need to become an aid worker or a teacher (though, I obviously applaud thosewho do). You don't need to be an engineer (though, I'm pretty sure I'd support that, too). Everyone,all of you, can make their mark by creating new standards of brilliance and innovation. And thosestandards can spread, can scale, they can scale in ways once unimaginable. The collectiveintelligence of our society, our version of the Borg, is really quite different. Think of this as a newsociety, with shared norms and values, that crosses continents and unites all of us. Theempowerment of each of us empowers all of us; and the distinctive feature of your new world isthat you can be unique while being completely connected has never been possible before—a truefulfillment of the American Dream. You see, computers can do amazing things. Those things inyour pockets;they contain power inside them that your proud parents, your grandparents in theaudience never could have possibly imagined. These computers, they have speed. They havememory. They have intricately complicated wiring and unfathomably complex circuitry . Buthere's one thing they don't have. What they don't have-is heart.
  All of these connections you forge, the digital ties that bind our humanity together, that's notpossible without technology. But it's also not possible without you, without a heart. You have theheart. And the future will not beat without you. Now, don't get me wrong: I believe fully in thepower of technology to change the world for the better. And I believe even more fully in theability of your generation to use that power to great effect to rule technology. But you can't lettechnology rule you.
  Remember to take at least one hour a day and turn that thing off. Do the math, 1/24th. Godark. Shut it down. Learn where the OFF button is. Take your eyes off the screen and look into theeyes of that person you love. Have a conversation, a real conversation-with the friends who makeyou think, with the family who makes you laugh. Don't just push a button saying I "Like"something. Actually tell them. What a concept! Engage with the world around you … feel … andtaste … and smell … and hug what's there, right in front of you, not what's a click away. Life isnot lived in the glow of a monitor. Life is not a series of status updates. Life is not about yourfriend count, it's about the friends you can count on. Life is about who you love, how you live, it'sabout who you travel through the world with. Your family, your collaborators , your friends. Lifeis a social experience first, and the best aspects of that experience are not lonely ones, they arespent in the company of others. Our modern landscape has changed, yes, but our humanity willalways remain, and that, above all else, is what makes us who we are, and who YOU are, is aproud, talented group of BU Terriers. Here you have all come to know extraordinary people. Lookaround-a few years ago you started off on the road with these people, knowing them as boys andgirls, wandering around campus, dazed and overwhelmed. Now you are all extraordinary men andwomen, in total control of your destinies, ready to make your mark not on history, but on thefuture. And the friendships you forged when the times were good, when the times were bad, andwhen you realized you just overslept your lecture and needed someone's notes to catch up with,those are the friendships that will matter for life.
  The people you have met here will be some of the strongest friends and closest allies you willever meet in your lives. It's been that way for me. When you leave here, don't leave them behind.
  Don't leave you behind. Stay close and stay strong. Take them with you wherever you go, andtogether, connected, go and change the world. At times it may have seemed like the road aheadwas an impossible slog, incredible . But today, I have the distinct honor of telling you: you havemade it.
  Now that you're here, I want you to do another thing: Find a way to say "Yes" to things.
  Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn a newlanguage, picking up a new sport.
  Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job.
  Yes is how you find your spouse , and even your kids. Even it is a bit edgy, a bit out of yourcomfort zone, saying yes means that you will do something new, meet someone new, and make adifference in your life, and likely in others' lives as well.
  Yes lets you stand out in a crowd, to be the optimist, to stay positive, to be the one everyonecomes to for help, for advice, or just for fun. Yes is what keeps us all young.
  Yes is a tiny word that can do big things.
  Say it often.
  There's a second thing I want you to do: Do not be afraid to fail. And DO NOT be afraid tosucceed.
  There's an old Italian phrase I like, it's used to describe especially daring circus performersthey do the salto mortale. It means they do a somersault, on a tightrope, without a net. Graduates,do to do this. Be brave. Work without a net. I promise you, you will land on your feet.
  For those who say you're thinking too big … be smart enough not to listen. For those who saythe odds are too small … be dumb enough to give it a shot. And for those who ask, how can youdo that?… look them in the eyes and say, I will figure it out.
  Above all else, be an "adorer of life". No further explanation necessary.
  I, to be very clear, am happy to have you join us as adults, and the quicker we can have youlead, the better. Time to throw out all us aging baby boomers and replace us with those best-equipped to lead us into a new age, march us all to a better day.
  The power and possibility-the intellectual energy and human electricity-seat in this stadiumdirectly in front of me, and in stadiums and auditoriums like this around the country, yourgeneration will break a new day.
  Your vast knowledge will seed a new era. Your new ideas will shape a new reality. Youragile minds will inspire a new dawn. You will give our future a heartbeat. And that beat will bestronger than ever, because of you. From my perspective looking at this class, you all have thepotential to reach higher than any class-than any generation-that came before you. You can reachas high as the face of life itself.
  Thank you, and congratulations to you all.
  意大利有个俗语我非常喜欢,是用来描述勇敢的马戏演员的,叫salto mortale,意思是说他们在绷紧的绳索上翻筋斗,且没有安全网。毕业生们,这是你们要做的。要勇敢,大胆地去工作。我敢保证,你会站稳脚跟的。

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