GoDaddy总裁Bob Parsons的16条成功法则

GoDaddy是全球最大的域名注册商、主机提供商,美国互联网巨鳄。GoDaddy总裁Bob Parsons曾是一位美国大兵,参加过越南战争。在他58岁的时候,他总结了16条关于他自己的事业发展和生活理念的信条,我个人感觉非常受用,我们一起来学习一下吧。

1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone. I believe that not much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone. I hear people say, “But I’m concerned about security.” My response to that is simple: “Security is for cadavers.”

离开安逸舒适的环境。我相信,当我们处于舒服的环境时,不会有太多重要事情发生。我听到人们说:“但是离开舒适的环境,我没有安全感。”我对这个问题的回答很简单:“死人才有安全感。”

2. Never give up. Almost nothing works the first time it’s attempted. Just because what you’re doing does not seem to be working, doesn’t mean it won’t work. It just means that it might not work the way you’re doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn’t have an opportunity.
绝不放弃。当第一次尝试时,几乎没有成功的。不要因为你的所作所为好像没有成功,就意味着以后永远不会成功。它只是意味着,可能你还没有坚持到底。如果任何事情都很容易,每个人都能成功,你将不会拥有任何机会。

3. When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think. There’s an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this: “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”
当你准备放弃时,你与目标的距离要比你认为地近。中国有个古老的说法:“行百里者半九十”。这句话可以这样理解:“在即将成功前,放弃的诱惑是最大的。”

4. With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be. Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of “undefined consequences.” My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, “Well, Robert, if it doesn’t work, they can’t eat you.”
对你担心的任何事情,不仅仅是需要接受可能产生的最坏结果,而且要度量究竟哪些坏事可能会发生。只有在非常少的情况下,最坏的后果才接近无法度量的程度。在很早以前,即在我用光所有金钱努力拯救帕森斯技术公司时,我的父亲说:“罗保特,即便不成功,也没人会吃了你。”

5. Focus on what you want to have happen. Remember that old saying, “As you think, so shall you be.”
专注你的目标。记住古老的谚语:“有志者事竟成。”

6. Take things a day at a time. No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don’t look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.
每天只做一件事。无论你现在多么困难,只要你不去想太遥远的事,而专注于现在,你终会度过它。关注于今天,你就会跨越所有困难。“今天认真执行的好计划,远远比明天的完美计划好得多。”

7. Always be moving forward. Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.
不断奋勇前进。永远不要停止投入,永远不要停止进步,永远不要放弃尝试新鲜事物。当你停止改善你的组织时,你的组织就开始死亡。循序渐进地,每天都把你的目标定得更为高远。记住日本人进步的概念,每天小步前进,最终会获得巨大优势。

8. Be quick to decide. Remember what General George S. Patton said: “A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow.”
当机立断。请记住巴顿将军的名言:“今天认真执行的好计划,远远比明天的完美计划好得多。”

9. Measure everything of significance. I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched, improves.
衡量每件事的重要性。我发誓这是完全正确的。任何获得衡量和监督的事情,都会有进步。

10. Anything that is not managed will deteriorate. If you want to uncover problems you don’t know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven’t examined for a while. I guarantee you problems will be there.
任何没人管的事情都会恶化。如果你想知道你还没有发现的问题,花少许时间密切观察一下你从来没有检查过的领域。我保证你想知道的问题肯定在那里。

11. Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you’re doing. When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.
要注意你的竞争对手,但是更要关注你自己的业务。当你观察竞争对手时,请记住由于距离相隔很远,所以对手的每件事看起来都完美无缺。即便我们的地球,如果你在太空中足够远的地方观看,地球看起来也像个井然有序到处和平的地方。

12. Never let anybody push you around. In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you’re doing as anyone else, provided that what you’re doing is legal.
不要让任何人摆布你。我们的社会拥有法律和平等竞争的赛场,你拥有的开拓事业的权利与其他人一样多。

13. Never expect life to be fair. Life isn’t fair. You make your own breaks. You’ll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).
永远不要指望生活是公平的。生活是不公平的,你需要自己实现突破。你付出代价(即车费fare)才能登上公交车,当你认为这类事情很公平时,你的事业肯定会取得成功。

14. Solve your own problems. You’ll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you’ll develop a competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: “You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others.” There’s also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of frequently. It goes like this: “A wise man keeps his own counsel.”
用自己的方式解决问题。你将会发现,通过自己提出解决方法,你会发展出竞争优势。索尼公司的共同奠基人井深大说过这样至理名言:“如果你跟在其他人后面, 你永远不会在技术、经营或其它事业上取得成功。”还有一个古老的谚语,我经常用它来提醒我自己,它的大意是“聪明的人会坚持己见”。

15. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Lighten up. Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.
不要太苛求自己。放松自己。通常,我们取得的成就至少有一半要归因于运气好。我们中没有任何人,控制事情能达到我们想要的程度。

16. There’s always a reason to smile. Find it. After all, you’re really lucky just to be alive. Life is short. More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds me: “We’re not here for a long time; we’re here for a good time.”
总有理由微笑。找到微笑的理由。毕竟,你还幸运地活着。生命短暂的,我越来越同意我的兄弟的说法。他总是提醒我:“我们在人世间的时间不会很长,我们到人世间就是要过快乐生活!”

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