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 二十多岁做些什么,将来才不会后悔?

青岛希尼尔翻译咨询有限公司(www.losthive.com)整理发布  2015-10-10

     

 Your twenties are a difficult time. Having just graduated high school a few years ago, you’d been convinced by society that you were ready to take on the world.
  二十多岁是一段艰难的时间。刚从高中毕业没几年,你好像就可以去征服世界了。
  However, upon graduating college a few years later you realize you’re no longer the oldest of the young adults; rather you’re the youngest of the old adults.
  然而,直到大学毕业几年之后你才会发现,你不再是最老的年轻人,而是最年轻的老年人。
  With this realization comes a ton of other life lessons you’ll learn from. Here’s a list of ten difficult lessons.
  认识到这一点,你就会以他人为鉴,学到更多的人生智慧。
  1. Your worldview is flawed
  1. 你的世界观不是完美的
  When you were in college, you probably took a philosophy or ethics class, joined a couple protest groups, and thought you had all the answers to the world’s problems.
  当你在上大学的时候,你可能会选哲学课或者伦理学课来听,加入几个抗议群体,想着你对世界上所有的问题的答案都了然于胸。
  When you get out into the real world, you’ll find things aren’t as cut and dry as you thought they were.
  当你从大学毕业进入到真实的世界时,你会发现事情并不是你想的那样一成不变。
  Issues that seemed black and white when you were stuck in the bubble of your college campus actually have myriad grey areas that you never understood until you lived through them.
  上大学时看起来黑白分明的事其实有无数的灰色区域,要是不亲身经历的话,你永远也明白不了。
  Once you’re dropped into the real world, you’ll immediately realize you don’t know nearly as much as you thought you did.
  一旦你落到真实世界,你立刻会意识到其实你没那么无所不知。
  2. You won’t always be right
  你并不是永远正确的
  Once you realize you don’t know anything, you’ll have to come to the realization that you won’t always be right.
  一旦你认识到自己并非无所不知,你就会意识到自己并不是永远都是对的。
  While in your twenties, you should start to see the world in a more objective manner than you had as a young adult. You’ll also realize that “being right” isn’t always the best case scenario.
  在你二十多岁的时候,你应该用一种更为客观的方式来看待世界,而不是用刚成年的眼光来看待世界。你会意识到“正确”并不总是最好的情况。
  Sometimes it’s better to realize you were wrong and work on whatever issue is at hand, than it is to push forward under the false impression that you’re 100% correct in your assumptions.
  比起自以为完全正确,并且被这种错误念头驱使的情况来说,认识到自己是错误的,并且好好解决手头的问题要好的多。
  3. You should never stop learning
  永远不要放弃学习
  Just because you’ve graduated from a prestigious four-year school doesn’t mean you have the right to stop learning. In today’s ever-evolving world, being a life-long learner is a prerequisite to finding success.
  就因为从一所久负声望的大学里学习四年毕业,并不意味这你可以停止学习。在今天这个日新月异的世界里,活到老学到老是成功的先决条件。
  Technology has made it easier than ever to continue your education in some way on a daily basis, whether through online courses or workshops, or simply subscribing to newsletters and podcasts.
  无论是网络课程还是讲习班,订阅实事通讯或者播客,科技使得每天学习、继续接受教育变得前所未有的方便。
  The second you take a break from learning, someone with more ambition will surpass you in knowledge, skills, and marketability.
  一旦你与学习脱节,更有野心的人就会在知识、技能上超越你,比你更受市场欢迎。
  4. You’re replaceable at work
  在工作上你并不是无可取代的
  Just because you have a job doesn’t mean you’ll always have a job. There won’t be any boo-hoo pity-party for you if you mess up big enough that your company can’t afford to keep you.
  现在有一份工作并不代表以后永远不失业。你要是搞砸了一件大事,公司也不能继续留你,到时候是不会有人为你流泪或感到可惜的。
  It’s an unfortunate truth that job security is no longer a guarantee. You might even find yourself being replaced by a machine at some point in your lifetime.
  不幸的事实是工作保障已经不再是一种保证。甚至有时你会发现自己会被机器所取代。
  This is why you should continue learning and adapting to the world around you. Staying current in your skills is essential in order to make yourself as irreplaceable as possible.
  这就是为什么你要不断学习,不断适应身边的世界。为了让自己尽量变得无可替代,就有必要跟进上自己技能的动态。
  5. No one owes you anything
  没人亏欠你
  Like I said, your sob story won’t get you anywhere in this world. Just because “it’s always been your dream” to work somewhere doesn’t mean that company will hire you.
  正如我所说,你的煽情故事不会把你带到世界任何地方。因为在某地工作“是你一直以来的愿望”并不意味着公司会雇用你。
  Even if you’ve graduated from an Ivy League school, you can’t just assume you’ll walk across the stage and step into a cushy career.
  就算你从常青藤名校毕业,你也不要断定自己会自如的走上职场,找到轻松多金的工作。
  Your degree simply shows that you have the drive and ability to work up the ladder from the bottom — which is exactly where you’ll start out.
  你的学历只是体现了你有干劲也有能力从底层往上爬,而这也正是你要着手开始的地方。
  Being hired anywhere is a great opportunity. Don’t overlook an entry-level position because you think you deserve more.
  只要是被雇佣,对你来说就是个绝佳的机会。不要自恃清高就小看初级职位。
  6. Relationships are difficult
  维持关系不容易
  This lesson applies to friendships and romantic relationships. As you grow older, you’ll find it harder and harder to get together with friends you’ve had over the years.
  这一点对于友情和爱情都适用。当你长大就会发现和多年老友聚到一起变得越来越难。
  Although technology has made communicating with friends easier than ever, our busy world has made it harder and harder to get a bunch of your friends in the same room at the same time.
  虽然科技让和朋友交流这件事无比容易,但是忙碌的世界里,一群好友在同一时间同一地点相聚还是越来越难。
  Forging a romantic relationship is incredibly difficult as well.
  促成一段爱情也十分不易。
  On top of all the hard work you’ll be doing to stay afloat in your own life, you’ll also need to put extra effort into making sure your relationship doesn’t get into a rut and end prematurely. Keep it fresh, no matter how hard you have to work at it.
  除了做那些让你维持生计的繁重工作,你也要额外努力来保证你的恋爱关系不陷入老套,或在萌芽时终结。不管要付出多大努力,要保持新鲜感。
  7. Your decisions have ramifications
  你的任何决定都会产生影响
  When you were young, you could afford to be pretty reckless without having to really pay for your actions. As an adult, every decision you make will either contribute to building you up or breaking you down.
  当你年轻的时候,你可以莽撞无比,而且不用为自己的行为付出代价。但是作为一个成年人,你做的每个决定都会影响到你,可能成就自己也可能击垮自己。
  Even something as innocuous as scrolling through Facebook for an hour throughout your day means you’ve wasted five to seven hours of your week that you’ll never get back.
  即便是一些无伤大雅的事,比如一天浏览一个小时的脸书,也意味着一星期里你浪费了五到七小时,而这些时间一去不复返。
  On the other hand, using every minute of your spare time to read and improve your life will put you ahead of those who take frequent breaks.
  另一方面,如果你闲下来的每一分钟都用来阅读和提高自我水平,那么你就会领先于那些经常休息的人。
  8. Money is hard to earn
  挣钱不容易
  When you were younger and either lived at home or lived off college loans, money wasn’t really an issue. Even paying simple credit card and cell phone bills didn’t absolutely drain your bank account.
  当你还小,住在家里或者靠学校贷款为生时,钱不是什么问题。就算还小额贷款或者付电话费也绝对不会榨干你的银行存款。
  You were actually free to use most of your earnings as you pleased. However, the second you’re thrown into the real world, this all goes away.
  你的大部分收入都能如你所愿的自由支配?墒且坏┠闾と胝媸凳澜,这种随心所欲就和你说再见了。
  You’ll realize the value of every penny you earn the first time you shop for your own groceries using your own money. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though.
  第一次用自己挣得钱买东西时,你会懂得每一分钱的意义。这不是什么坏事。
  You’ll also realize that money isn’t everything. Most importantly, you’ll realize that you can be just as happy without money as you were with it.
  你也会明白钱不是一切。更重要的是,你会知道无论有没有钱你都可以活得很快乐。
  9. You don’t have forever to do what you want
  你不能一直随心所欲
  Your twenties are an odd time. You’re just starting out in the real world, and still trying to “find yourself.”
  二十多岁是个不同寻常的年纪。你刚走进真实的世界,试着去“发现自我!
  However, you also have bills to pay, so you’ll take any job you can if you haven’t found the dream job you love.
  然而,你还要付账单,所以要是没找到心仪的工作,其他什么工作你都愿意接受。
  That said, you shouldn’t let yourself become stagnant and stuck in a job you dislike, because the longer you’re there, the less likely it is you’ll be able to get out of it later in life.
  即便如此,你也不要让自己停滞不前,委曲求全的一直做不喜欢的工作。因为你做那份工作的时间越长,以后你越不可能辞职。
  While it’s never too late to learn a new trade, every passing day puts you at less of an advantage. Get moving on your dreams as soon as possible, because one day it actually will be too late.
  虽然说学习永远不嫌晚,但是每过一天你的优势就会减少一分。尽快把你的梦想付诸行动吧,因为终有来不及的一天。
  10. Life never gets easier
  10. 生活不会越来越轻松
  Growing up, you probably watched your parents go through every day like finely-tuned machines that never stopped moving. You never really thought twice about it.
  成长过程中,你可能看着你父母每天工作不停转,就像精确的机器,永不休息。你从没认真想过他们的情况。
  You might have figured that they were just used to the daily grind, and were just coasting along. As you grow older, you’ll realize that notion couldn’t be farther from the truth.
  你可能觉得他们已经习惯了日常的工作,而且做起来毫不费力。但是当你长大一点,你就会明白你的观点真是大错特错。
  You’ll realize you have to put your all into every single day you live, and go to bed exhausted day in, day out. Again, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just means every day is a chance to do better than you did the day before.
  你会了解到,活着的每一天都需要全身心的投入,日复一日,累到精疲力竭才能休息。再说一遍,这不一定是坏事,这只意味着每天你都有机会进步,超越昨天的自己。
  Lessons like this frame your life in a different context. Most importantly, you’ll realize you have even more respect for your hard-working parents than you did in your twenties.
  这样的课程会为你塑造不一样的人生。更重要的是你会发现,比起之前的二十岁多岁的自己,你会更加尊敬辛勤工作着的父母。

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