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    勵志演講:不要做讓自己開心的事,做讓自己變得更優秀的事

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    You cannot let a fear of failure,or a fear of comparison,or a fear of judgment stop you from doing what's going to make you great.

    你不能讓害怕失敗,害怕被比較,或是害怕被評論阻止自己成為更好的人。

     

    You cannot succeed without this risk of failure.You cannot have a voice without the risk of criticism and you cannot love without the risk of loss.You must go out and you must take these risks.

    沒有失敗的風險就沒有成功;沒有批評的風險就沒有立場;沒有失去的風險就沒有愛;你一定得承擔這些風險。

     

    And people will tell you to do what makes you happy,but a lot of this has been hard work,and I'm not always happy.And I don't think you should do just what makes you happy,I think you should do what makes you great.

    很多人會告訴你,做自己喜歡做的事,但其實很多都是苦勞,我也不是每天都開心的人,而且我不覺得你們應該要做讓自己開心的事,你們應該要做讓自己變得更好的事。

     

    Do what's uncomfortable,and scary, and hard, but pays off in the long run. Be willing to fail. Let yourself fail.Fail in the way and the place where you would want to fail.Fail, pick yourself up and fail again.

    跨出你的舒適圈,做一些讓你害怕、辛苦,但長期下來會得到收獲的事,要甘愿失敗,讓自己失敗,跌在你想失敗的地方,跌倒失敗了,重新站起來,然后再失敗。

     

    Because without this struggle,what is your success anyway?As best we know we have one life, In it, you have to trust your own voice,your own ideas, your honesty, your vulnerability,and through this you will find your way.

    因為沒有了這些掙扎,那你的成功又算什么呢?就我們所知,人就只活這么一次,在這個生命中,你要相信自己的心聲,你的想法、你的誠實、你的弱點,經過這些你才會找到出路。

     

    You do not have to be fearless, just don't let fear stop you.Live like this as best you can,and I guarantee you will look back on a life well-lived.

    你不需要無所畏懼,但你一定不能讓恐懼打敗你,請抱著這樣的態度生活下去,我可以保證當你多年之后回頭看,你會覺得很值得。

     

    DO WHAT MAKES YOU GREAT。

    做那些讓你變得更好的事。


    英語演講稿全文:

     

    Good morning Merrimack. I'd like to thank President Hopey, trustees,faculty, students, parents, and my apologies to all the grandparents in the audience who have absolutely no idea who I am.

     

    Merrimack College 莫瑞麥克學院
    trustees 學院理事
    faculty (大學、學院或院系的)全體教員

     

    You are graduating from an excellent school today. Alumni have gone on to be CEO's, doctors, politicians, professional athletes, however this year you get to receive wisdom, knowledge and life lessons, from a man who has made a living pretending to eat cat food.

     

    Alumni 校友

     

    I do however have some qualifications, some insight, because I, like you are becoming today, am a Merrimack College Graduate. I know what it took to get here. I was in this very room. I sat in those uncomfortable chairs. I dressed like some sort of medieval pastry chef and I too desperately hoped my hangover would wear off. If you can just make it to brunch you should be alright.

     

    qualification n. 資格;條件
    medieval adj. 中世紀的;原始的;仿中世紀的;老式的
    pastry chef 糕點廚師
    wear off 逐漸消逝
    make it to 及時趕到

     

    Take note. A quick observation.

     

    Apparently the higher in life you climb in life the more ridiculous your hats become. Like the one I'm wearing today, or the pope's or Pharrell. So if in some way you fear success, just think of the hats and that alone should motivate you.

     

    hat n.角色; 職位,帽子
    pope n. 教皇,羅馬教皇 (羅馬教皇的帽子很特別)
    Pharrell (歌手名字)代表作《Happy》,喜歡戴各款(高)帽子


    This may be hard to believe but it was roughly twenty years ago that as a freshman I first set foot on this campus. I remember it well. My parent's eyes filled with tears. My own nervous excitement. I entered the Ash dormitory. I walked to my room. My heart was pounding with what the future might hold. I reached for the door handle, grabbed it tight, only to discover it had been covered with Vaseline.


    door handle 門把手

     

    It was a real lame prank being pulled by the boys on the third floor. "So this is how it's gonna be" I thought to myself. "Okay. They have no idea who just arrived on campus." I had to take action. I befriended a guy named Ed with a similar penchant for mischievousness. And late that evening Ed and I went to the third floor community bathrooms and cut all their shower curtains at waist high. Leaving the third floor boys with a diabolical option the next morning. Pass on a shower or take the most embarrassing shower of your life. My apologies for thedestruction of school property. I'll donate two shower curtains. You'll have to dig up Ed to get the third.


    lame  adj. 差勁的,蹩腳的
    prank n. 惡作劇,開玩笑;戲謔
    befriended vt. 和…交朋友; 友好對待;幫助
    penchant ['pent??nt] n. 嗜好;傾向
    mischievousness ['mist?iv?snis] n. 惡作劇;胡鬧
    diabolical [?da???bɑl?kl]  adj. 糟糕透頂的;非常糟糕的; 
     the destruction of school property 損壞學校財產

     

    Merrimack has come a long way since my time. The campus has grown. The quality of student improved. U.S. News & World Report ranked Merrimack as one of the top ten regional colleges in the north. In my time there was a young man at this school who scored in the zero percentile on his SAT's meaning nobody in the nation did worse than this man. This was a man who once mistakenly said "he wished he lived when it was black and white." A man who with complete seriousness told someone, that "he would take their advice in to cooperation." This man, of course ... was my room mate.


    come a long way 取得很大進展;有長足的進步
    percentile n. 百分位

     

    Did you think it was me? Come on. You're confusing me with my tv character. No. I was adecent student and I'm actually a doctor now. I have a PHD. I'd like to thank the school withbestowing me with this honor and highlighting to all the students and the other PHD's in the room today the complete and utter unfairness of life.


    decent ['disnt]  adj. 像樣的;相當好的

    bestow [b?'sto] vt. 授予;給予
    utter  ['?t?] adj. 完全的; 徹底的


    And although I join the ranks of fellow prestigious Honorary Doctors like Mike Tyson and Kermit The Frog and although I fully acknowledge that Dr. Charlie Day sounds like some kind of club DJ. I assure you all that I intend to go by this title from here on out. And as a doctor I plan to start writing my own prescriptions immediately.


    prestigious [pr?'st?d??s] adj. 有名望的;享有聲望的
    Honorary Doctor 榮譽博士
    Mike Tyson 邁克·泰森(拳王泰森)
     from here on out 從現在起
    prescription 
    [pr?'skr?p??n] n. 藥方;處方

     

    Now, I know that having a honorary doctorate degree will do nothing for me, but I'm here to tell you today that your degrees, the ones you toiled to get, the ones you actually took classes to earn, those degrees, will also basically do nothing.


    honorary doctorate degree 榮譽博士學位
    toiled [t??l] v. 辛苦工作

     

    Let me clarify. You can't exchange your degree for cash. You can't have a degree audition or interview for you. You can not eat it. Please don't make love to it. You can maybe smoke it but I wouldn't advise it. A college degree collects dust. It does nothing. It does however mean something. It represents something, to yourself and your community. It tells your community. "I have expanded my mind and destroyed my liver but I didn't give up. I pushed through. I made it, man." And although 44 of you today took more than 4 years to achieve that goal, nobody has to know that. Think of the plus side, you gave your parents a couple more years of nobody living in their basement.


    clarify v. 澄清
    plus side 好的方面(a plus side to 好的一面)
    basement 地下室

     

    Of course, jokes aside, you all should be very proud. This is the end of an impressive chapter and in many ways just the very beginning of what your lives will be. And I know that you are curious about how things will go from here. Well let me tell you, Dr. DJ Charlie Day is here to help.


     jokes aside 開玩笑之余,撇開笑話不談;

     

    I have been in your shoes. Not literally of course. I wouldn't go anywhere near your shoes. I'm sure half of them reek of stale beer and vomit.


    in one's shoes 處于某人的境地或處境來設想
        (put oneself in one‘s shoes 換位思考 )
    reek of  發臭氣;有…的惡臭味
    stale (空氣、氣味、食物) 不新鮮的
    vomit 嘔吐;使....想吐

     

    No, my point is this. I was here and I have the rare opportunity today of looking back at myself on this day and giving my self advise. What would I say? First off, "Charlie, lay off the dark beer and the bread. You're getting a little puffybud. Also get over that girl. She's not that into you. You're really wasting your time, trust me she'll regret it. Oh and you don't need to worry about Y2k it's like not even going to be a big deal or anything." Okay perhaps this exercise isn't too helpful but the truth is I don't have a ton I would say to myself. I'm happy with my choices. Let's face it, my life is pretty sweet.


    First off 首先
    lay off 停止做某種不快的事
    puffy adj.膨脹的,腫脹的 (指發胖)
    bud n. 伙計;老兄
    Y2k (Year 2000 problem 簡寫)千年蟲 (計算機2000年問題)
    是指在某些使用了計算機程序的智能系統(包括計算機系統、自動控制芯片等)中,由于其中的年份只使用兩位十進制數來表示,因此當系統進行(或涉及到)跨世紀的日期處理運 算時(如多個日期之間的計算或比較等),就會出現錯誤的結果,進而引發各種各樣的系統功 能紊亂甚至崩潰。

     

    I'd like to tell you instead three quick stories about some of those choices. The choices that led me from there to here and although most of you are not planning on becoming actors and writers I'm sure there are some parallels you can draw to help guide your own experience. If not, feel free to tune out. If your anything like I was at your age I lost you somewhere around "Good morning Merrimack."


    parallel 類似的事情
    draw to  使(某人)對…感興趣;
    feel free to 隨意
    tune out 不理睬;不予理會


    第一則人生故事:關于抉擇

     

    When I left this school. I was presented with two options. Move to New York City where I knew next to nobody and begin my pursuit of acting or take the entry level position that had been offered to my by Fidelity Investments. I know what you may be thinking. "Why would major financial services corporation offer this numbskull job?" The answer is simple, because I tricked them.


    pursuit n. 追求;職業,工作
    entry level 入門級

    Fidelity Investments 美國富達投資集團
    numbskull [?n?m?sk?l] n. 傻瓜;笨蛋


    Merrimack's business program was offering interviews with the company. The students would be given a score on their interview. I had no desire to work at Fidelity Investments but I had never been on an audition and I thought it would be a similar experience. I wanted to see if I could pull off the role of aspiring banker. Or whatever they do at Fidelity.


    aspiring [?'spa??r??] adj. 有抱負的

     

    I had a game plan. Deflect from me. Get the guy to talk about himself. I wasn't going to lie. I just thought I'd basically interview him. We had a pleasant conversation. If I recall correctly we talked forever about the intricacies of water skiing, an activity I know nothing about.


    Deflect (from)改變;使偏斜于
    intricacy n. 錯綜,復雜;難懂之處
    water skiing 滑水運動

     

    Look, had the man asked me what eight times seven was there would have been an unbearable pause in the room. But he didn't. The interview went so well they offered me a job. Now this threw me a little. It was a real job. A big boy job. It was also more money than anyone had ever offered me for anything before. "Should I take it? Is this my destiny? Am I the next great financial genius? Should I come up with a plan B. Work in Boston a few years at Fidelity. Make enough money to have a cozy transition to New York."


    throw v. 使吃驚; 使困惑

     

    Well, I've always had a half baked philosophy that having plan B can muddy up your plan A. I didn't take the job. I moved to the city. I bussed tables and answered phones. I lived in a basement apartment next to a garbage chute. The apartment was filled with cockroaches. I couldn't have made a better decision. Well maybe not the cockroach part. I should have found a different apartment. You'll find better apartments. Just avoid the trash area.


    half baked  半途而廢的;半調子的
    muddy 攪亂

    To bus table (美國俚語)收拾餐桌
    garbage chute [?ut] [水運][環境] 垃圾運送槽;垃圾卸槽

     

    There is an obvious lesson here about believing in yourself, and there is the plan A plan B stuff but forget all that for a second. I think the lesson is this. Had I worked at Fidelity I'm sure they would have fired me eventually. I'm no financial genius. I can barely do long division.


    barely 幾乎不
    long division [數] 長除法

     

    But I didn't want to fail at Fidelity. And I didn't want to fail in Boston. If I was going to run the risk of failure I wanted it to be in New York. I wanted to fail in the way and place where I would be proud to fail, doing what I wanted to do and let me tell you ... I did fail. Time and time again. I was too short for this or too strange for that. I even had one casting director for a movie say "he'll never work in comedy." I was taking my punches but I was in the fight. That's a metaphor of course, I highly doubt I have any ability to take an actual punch.


    第二則人生故事:等待機會不如創造機會

     

    My second story is a story about creating your own opportunities instead of waiting for them to be given to you. After a few years in New York, my foot was in the door. I was working. I was doing bit parts in film and television like mail kid #1 and junky #2. I couldn't get that big break. After many, many failed attempts of getting cast in television something popped up. It looked as though I was going to be offered a part on a big network show called "Life on a Stick."


    pop up 突然出現

     

    Around that same time because I was tired of waiting for the big break I along with my friends Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton started filming a show in my apartment.

     

    We had a sense that maybe we could make a better show than what was being offered to us at the time. We borrowed cameras asked friends to hold microphones and shot this show that we would eventually call "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

     

    Suddenly there was another decision to be made. Another crossroad. Do I do "Life on a Stick." Take the big network opportunity, the big paycheck or bet on myself and my friends, make no money and try to sell what basically was a home movie as the next great television series.

     

    Do I try to convince people that I'm a writer and a show runner even though I didn't own a personal computer at the time. We were talking about a real long shot. It was the scarier thing to do but I said "no thanks," to "Life on a Stick" and went with "Sunny."


    long shot 風險大的賭注

     

    "Life on a Stick" went one season and thirteen episodes. We are currently filming our tenth season of "Sunny" we've written and produced one hundred fourteen episodes and are signed on for another two seasons making "Sunny" one of the longest running comedies of all time.


    running 連載的;連續地

     

    Again the bet on myself and my friends paid off. This time in spades. There was power in numbers. "Sunny" changed my life. Not only did I have a career as an actor and a writer now, I had complete control over it control it too. If I wanted to dress in a full body green spandex suit it went in the show. If we wanted to drink wine from a coke can as perhaps some of you are doing today it went in the show and if someone thought mittens were funny on kittens it went in the show.


    pay off 取得成功;獲得回報
    in spades 坦率地;肯定;大量的
    control over 獲得掌控權;支配
    spandex suit 泳裝

     

    It was the riskier road and again I could not have made a better decision. Taking matters into my own hands changed everything. Led to everything. "Horrible Bosses," "Pacific Rim," "Saturday Night Live." Creating the job as opposed to having it offered to me accelerated the process. Draw your own conclusions here but I think the lesson is obvious. Don't wait for your break. Make your break. Make it happen for yourself.


     Taking matters into my own hands 把命運掌握在自己手上;把事情交給自己來處理(不依賴別人)
    as opposed to.... 與....截然相反
    accelerate 加速;促進


    第三則人生故事:去做!別怕失敗

     

    My last story of what led me from there to here is the literal act of agreeing to be here. When President Hopey came to Los Angeles to sit down with me my first thought was, "here it comes, they're gonna ask me for money." But when he asked me to speak to you today, I quickly accepted. Then as is the case with all great opportunities, reality of what I had to do began to set in. "Dear God" I said to myself, "I'm actually going to have to give a speech." I am not a public speaker. I have a voice like a ten year old who smokes. "How am I going to do this?"


    from there to here 一路走來

     

    I YouTubed commencement speeches given by Conan O'Brien, Steven Colbert, Steve Jobs. This ... was a terrible idea. Their speeches were so intelligent, so well informed and soeloquent that only more panic began to set in. "What am I thinking'" "How could I ever compare?" And the truth is, I can't. I don't host a talk show or do stand up. As an actor normally you have cut away from me ages ago. I am not nearly as smart as Steve Jobs was. I'm don't know how my computer works, I don't even know how my toaster works! And the YouTube comments, Oh the snarky comments! We live in a world now where things don't go away. And that perhaps is the most terrifying thing of all.


    informed  adj. 見多識廣的

    eloquent 有口才的;有說服力的
    panic n. 恐慌,驚慌;大恐慌
    stand up (stand up comedy)單口相聲
    snarky 尖銳的;刻薄的

     

    But I didn't back out. I'm here today speaking to you. And I know I will be posted on YouTube and judged and compared by all who care to see. But my lesson is this. I don't give a shit.


    back out 變卦;食言;違約
    not give a shit 一點也不在乎

     

    You can not let a fear of failure or a fear of comparison or a fear of judgement stop you from doing the things that will make you great. You can not succeed without the risk of failure. You can not have a voice without the risk of criticism. You can not love without the risk of loss. You must take these risks.

     

    Everything I'm truly proud of in this life has been a terrifying prospect to me. From my first play, to hosting "Saturday Night Live," getting married, being a father, speaking to you today. None of it comes easy. People will tell you to do what makes you happy, but all this has been hard work. And I'm not always happy.


    prospect 可能性;預期

     

    I don't think you should just do what makes you happy. Do what makes you great. Do what's uncomfortable and scary and hard but pays off in the long run. Be willing to fail. Let yourself fail. Fail in the way and place where you would be proud to fail. Fail and pick yourself up and fail again. Without that struggle, what is your success anyway?


    pays off in the long run 長期收益;從長遠回報來看,是值得的

     

    As best we know we have one life. In it, you must trust your own voice, your own ideas, your honestly and venerability and though this you will find your way. You don't have to be fearless just don't let fear stop you.


    venerability  [,ven?r?'biliti] 尊敬

     

    Live like this as best as you can and I guarantee you will look back at a life well lived.

     

    You are capable of greatness in your profession and more importantly in your quality of self. Stay young at heart. Stay hungry. Take those risks.

     

    You are going to change the world around you in small ways and in big and I greatly look forward to being a part of the future you will shape. 


    Congratulations graduates. And good luck.

     

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