原文：When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world.As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But it, too, seemed immovable.As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.And now, as I lie on my death bed, I suddenly realize:If I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country, and who knows, I may have even changed the world.译文：当我年轻的时候，我的想象力从没有受到过限制，我梦想改变这个世界。当我成熟以后，我发现我不能改变这个世界，我将目光缩短了些，决定只改变我的国家。当我进入暮年后，我发现我不能改变我的国家，我的最后愿望仅仅是改变一下我的家庭。但是，这也不可能。当我躺在床上，行将就木时，我突然意识到：如果一开始我仅仅去改变我自己，然后作为一个榜样，我可能改变我的家庭；在家人的帮助和鼓励下，我可能为国家做一些事情。然后谁知道呢？我甚至可能改变这个世界。
Like poker, life is also a gmae of skill and luck.
Biggest things we care about – health, walth and relationships – these outcomes don’t only depend on the quality of our decision-making, but also the roll of life’s dice.
When we’re experiencing success, it’s important to take a moment to really ask ourselves how much of it is truly down to us, because our egos love to downplay the luck factor when we’re winning.
Our intuitions are’t nearly as perfect as we’d like to believe. In reality, our gut is extremely vulunerable to all kinds of wishful thinking and biases.
While we shouldn’t ignore our intuitions, we shouldn’t over priviledge them either.
Success is sweetest when you achieve it across a large sample size.
You gut is your friend and so is a cost-benefit analysis.
The future is unknown, but you can damn well try and estimate it.
Summer Sunrises on the Mississippi
by Mark Twain
One can never see too many summer sunrises on the Mississippi. They are enchanting. First, there is the eloquence of silence; for a deep hush broods everywhere. Next, there is the haunting sense of loneliness, isolation, remoteness from the worry and bustle of the world. The dawn creeps in stealthily; the solid walls of the black forest soften to grey, and vast stretches of the river open up and reveal themselves; the water is smooth, gives off spectral little wreaths of white-mist, there is not the faintest breath of wind, nor stir of leaf; the tranquility is profound and infinitely satisfying. Then a bird pipes up, another follows, and soon the pipings develop into a jubilant riot of music. You see none of the birds, you simply move through an atmosphere of song which seems to sing itself. When the light has become a little stronger, you have one of the fairest and softest pictures imaginable. You have the intense green of the massed and crowded foliage nearby; you see it paling shade by shade in front of you; upon the next projecting cape, a mile off or more, the tint has lightened to the tender young green of spring; the cape beyond that one has almost lost colour, and the furthest one, miles away under the horizon, sleeps upon the water a mere dim vapour, and hardly separable from the sky above it and about it. And all this stretch of river is a mirror, and you have shadowy reflections of the leafage and the curving shores and the receding capes pictured in it.
Well, this is all beautiful; soft and rich and beautiful; and when the sun gets well up, and distributes a pink flush here and a powder of gold yonder and a purple haze where it will yield the best effect, you grant that you have something that is worth remembering.
美国作家、演说家，真实姓名是萨缪尔·兰亨·克莱门（Samuel Langhorne Clemens）。“马克·吐温”是他的笔名，原是密西西比河水手使用的表示在航道上所测水的深度的术语。代表作品有小说《百万英镑》《哈克贝利·费恩历险记》《汤姆·索亚历险记》等。
2018 年伊始，转载一篇 Medium.com 上的文章，希望大家在设定新年企划时参考。作者 Zdravko Cvijetic 是一位时间管理大师，在网络上很有影响力，感兴趣的朋友可以关注他的博客 zerotoskill.com。
Somebody once told me the definition of hell: “On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become. — Anonymus
Sometimes, to become successful, we do not need to add more things, we need to give up on some of them.
Even though each one of us has a different definition of success, there are certain things that are universal, which, if you give up on them, you will be more successful.
Some of them you can give up today, while it might take a bit longer for others.
1. Give Up On The Unhealthy Lifestyle
Take care of your body. It is the only place you have to live. — Jim Rohn
If you want to achieve anything in life, everything starts here. First, you have to take care of your health, and there are only two things you need to keep in mind:
- Healthy Diet
- Physical Activity
Small steps, but you will thank yourself one day.
2. Give Up The Short-term Mindset
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. — Mae West
Successful people set long-term goals, and they know that these aims are merely the result of short-term habits that they need to do every day.
These healthy habits should not be something you do; they should be something you are.
There is a difference between: “Working out to have summer body” and “Working out because that is who you are.”
3. Give Up Playing Small
Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others. – Marianne Williamson
If you never try and take great opportunities, or allow your dreams to become realities, you will never realize your true potential.
Moreover, the world will never benefit from what you could have achieved.
So voice your ideas, don’t be afraid to fail, and certainly don’t be afraid to succeed.
4. Give Up Your Excuses
It is not about the cards you are dealt, but how you play the hand. – Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
Successful people know that they are responsible for their life, no matter their starting point, weaknesses, and past failures.
Realizing that you are entirely responsible for what happens next in your life, is both frightening and exciting.
However, it is the only way that you can reach the success because excuses limit and prevent us from growing personally and professionally.
Own your life; no one else will.
5. Give Up The Fixed Mindset
The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways. ― Robert Greene, Mastery
In a fixed mindset, people believe that their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits and that talent alone creates success — without effort. They are wrong.
Moreover, successful people know this. They invest an immense amount of time on a daily basis to develop a growth mindset, acquire new knowledge, learn new skills and change their perception so that it can benefit their lives.
Remember, who you are today, it is not whom you have to be tomorrow.
6. Give Up Believing In The “Magic Bullet.”
Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better. — Émile Coué
Overnight success is a myth.
Successful people know that making small continuous improvement every day, will be compounded over time, and give them desired results.
That why you should plan for the future, but focus on the day that’s ahead of you, and improve just 1%.
7. Give Up Your Perfectionism
Shipping beats perfection. — Kahn Academy’s Development Mantra
Nothing will ever be perfect, no matter how much we try.
Fear of failure (or even fear of success) often prevents us from taking action and putting our creation out there in the world. However, many opportunities will be lost if we wait for things to be right.
So, “ship,” and then improve (that 1%).
8. Give Up Multi-tasking
You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. ― Winston S. Churchill
Successful people know this. That is why they choose one thing and then beat it into submission. No matter what, a business idea, a conversation, or a workout.
Being fully present and committed to one task, is indispensable.
9. Give Up Your Need to Control Everything
Some things are up to us, and some things are not up to us. — Epictetus, Stoic philosopher
Differentiating these two is important.
Detach from the things you cannot control, and focus on the ones you can, and know that sometimes, the only thing you will be able to monitor is your attitude towards something.
Moreover, remember, nobody can be frustrated while saying “Bubbles” in an angry voice.
10. Give Up Saying YES To Things That Don’t Support Your Goals
He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly. — James Allen
Successful people know this that to accomplish their goals, they will have to say NO to tasks, activities, and demands from your friends, family, and colleagues.
On a short-term, you might sacrifice a bit of instant gratification, but when your goals come to fruition, it will be worth it.
11. Give Up The Toxic People
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. – Jim Rohn
People we spend the most time with, add up to whom we become.
There are less ambitious people, and there are more ambitious people than us. If you spend time with the ones that are less driven than you, your average will go down, and with it your success.
However, if you spend time with people more advanced than you, no matter how challenging that might be, you will be more successful.
Take a look at around yourself, and see if you need to make any changes.
12. Give Up Your Need To Be Liked
The only way to avoid pissing people off is to do nothing important. — Oliver Emberton
Think of yourself as a market niche.
There will be many people that like that niche, but there will be individuals who do not, and no matter what you do, you will not be able to make an entire market like you.
This is entirely natural, and there’s no need to do anything to justify yourself.
The only thing you can do is continue being authentic, and know that growing number of “haters” means that you are doing important things.
13. Give Up Your Dependency on The Social Media & Television
The trouble is, you think you have time. — Jack Kornfield
Impulsive web browsing and television watching is a disease of today’s society.
These two should never be an escape from your life or your goals.
Unless your goals depend on either, you should minimize (or eliminate) your dependency on them. Moreover, direct that time towards things that can enrich your life.
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