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奥巴马写给女儿的信:停止在做的17件事

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译者:MaZhuzu
发布:2017-03-10 23:44:03 挑错


Life is short. It may feel like it takes forever sometimes, but the reality is that you live, and a short time later, you die. It happens so quickly, many people don’t even realize they had a life until it’s already over.

生命是短暂的。有时你可能感觉生命是永恒的,但现实却是你现在活着,不久之后你将死去。人生匆匆,很多人甚至直到生命结束才意识到曾拥有美好人生。

1.Stop Doubting Yourself

不要怀疑自己

If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody will. Success starts in your mind, and if all you’re doing is putting yourself down and predicting failure, it’ll become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead of doubting yourself, think positively. Not only will you be happier and more successful, you’ll spread it to everyone around you.

如果你都不相信自己,没人会相信你。成功始于你的头脑,如果你总是看轻自己并且预测着失败,就会真的导致失败。不要怀疑自己,要积极思考。如此,不只你会更加开心、更加成功,你周围的人也会被感染。

2.Stop Being Negative

   不要消极

Now that you’re done doubting yourself, stop doubting others. You don’t like when people are critical of you, so stop being critical of others. Think about how you make other people feel – even if you have good intentions, people don’t like hearing negativity.

既然你不再怀疑自己,那么也不要怀疑别人。你不喜欢被人挑剔,那么也不要挑剔别人。想想你带给别人怎样的感受——即使你的出发点是好的,人们也不愿意总是听到消极的话。

3.Stop Procrastinating

不要再拖延

I don’t feel like procrastinating right now– I’ll do it tomorrow. When you procrastinate, you remain stagnant. Whatever you’re putting off doesn’t go away; resolve the problem, and move on. You’ll be much happier in the long run.

当你开始拖延,你会停滞不前。不论你在拖延什么,它都不会自行解决;所以,解决问题,继续前行。从长远来看你都会更加开心。

4.Stop Being Mean

不要那么刻薄

It’s completely possible to step on someone’s toes without meaning to – it happens all the time. There’s no need to pile on by purposefully doing mean things, so make a conscious effort to stop being mean. If someone wrongs you, let it go. There’s no need to seek vengeance unless that’s the type of person you want to be.

无意间得罪别人的事是完全可能发生的——始终会发生。实在没必要去刻意做卑鄙的事来泄愤,所以要有意识地让自己不那么刻薄。如果有人不公正地对待你,随他去吧。没必要去报复,除非你也想成为那样的人。

5.Stop Eating Out

不要外出用餐

Eating out is the biggest waste of money. Every so often it’s nice to treat yourself, but eating out for every meal is the quickest way to drain your bank account. Learn how to cook at least handful of foods you enjoy: It’ll save you money, keep you healthier, and occasionally impress people.

在外用餐是最浪费钱的。偶尔为之是对自己的一种奖励,但是顿顿在外面吃饭是花光你积蓄的最快方法。你至少要学习怎样做一些自己喜欢的食物:既能省钱,又保持健康,偶尔还会让别人记住你。

6.Stop Being Lazy

不要懒惰

Lazy people are annoying – it’s like pulling teeth getting them to do anything. If I can’t do something as simple as going to a movie with you without having to factor in an hour of convincing youth get your lazy butt out of bed, I’d rather go alone. People have enough trouble motivating themselves; don’t make your friends and family waste their valuable energy motivating you as well.

懒惰的人令人讨厌——让他们做事情就像拔牙一样困难。如果我想做一些简单的事情,就像和你去看电影,而我必须考虑要花费一个小时来说服你起床,那我宁愿自己去看。激励自己不是一件容易的事情,就别让朋友和家人浪费他们宝贵的精力来激励你了。

7.Stop Complaining

不要抱怨

We all have problems, and sometimes we need to vent to someone. That’s acceptable, but pay attention to how often you’re venting. We all love helping our friends and family, but when all you get from someone is negativity, it’s easier to cut them off than help, especially if they’re always complaining about the same things.

我们都会遇到困难,有时我们需要向别人倾诉。这可以接受,但要注意发泄情感的频率。我们都乐意帮助朋友和家人,但当你总是接触到负能量的时候,尤其是当他们总是抱怨同样的事情时,要打断他们的抱怨,不再帮助他们。

8.Stop Being Selfish

不要那么自私

If you only think about yourself, you’ll soon find yourself by yourself. Stop for a minute and think about how your actions affect other people – did you take the last cup of coffee from the break room? Refill it! Do you live with others? Don’t drink out the milk carton. We share this world 100% of the time, so every action you take can affect other people.

如果你凡事只考虑自己,你很快会发现身边只剩下你自己。停下一分钟去想想你的行为带给别人什么影响——你是否从休息室拿走最后一杯咖啡?再加满啊!你和别人一起生活吗?不要喝光所有牛奶。这是一个完全共享的世界,你做的每一件事都会影响到他人。

9.Stop Wasting Time

不要浪费时间

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: time is the most valuable resource we have. Don’t waste your time on unproductive things. If you want to explore the world' s dark corners, that’s great. I still associate with people who have not-so kosher careers, but I don’t hang out with those people at the expense of my own short- and long- term goals.

之前我有提到,现在再说一次:时间是我们所拥有的最宝贵的资源。不要在徒劳无益的事情上浪费时间。如果你想探索世界的黑暗角落,那很好。我也和一些工作不是那么体面的人打交道,但是我不会以牺牲我的短期和长期目标为代价和这些人出去消遣。

 10.Stop Making Promises

不要轻易承诺

Always under-promise and over-deliver. When you make a promise, you’re adding responsibility to your plate that, despite all your best intentions, you may not be able to deliver on. More often than not, your promise is an absolute (i.e “I promise I’ll always love you”), and only Sith deal in absolutes. Instead of making a promise with your words, simply be there when people need you, and exceed their expectations with your actions.

忌承诺太满而做事太少。当你许下承诺,你会肩负更多责任,不管你的初衷有多好,你都不可能完全兑现诺言。通常,你的承诺都太绝对(例如“我发誓我会永远爱你”),只有西斯才会做绝对的承诺。与其口头允诺,不如当别人需要你时用行动来满足他们的期望。

11. Stop Being a Pushover

不要再强出头

We live in a capitalistic society in which everyone’s trying to sell us something. Everyone’s looking out for themselves in one way or another, and you need to do the same. Stop putting yourself out because you’re too shy to say no.

我们生活在资本主义的社会,每个人都试图向我们推销东西。每个人都以不同的方式为自己谋利,你也要这样做。不要因为不敢拒绝而强出头。

 12.Stop Listening to Haters

不要听信讨厌的人

No matter what you want to do in life, there’s always someone around to tell you why it can’t and won’t work. I can come up with millions of reasons Twitter won’t work, and yet it’s one of the most popular social media sites on the web. My opinion didn’t stop Twitter’s success anymore than it convinced Kobe Bryant to quit the NBA or Josh Hartnett to stop acting. Why would you let someone’s opinion stop you?

不论你想要做什么,总会有人告诉你不要做这些无用功。我可以想出无数条推特不实用的理由,但它仍然是互联网上最受欢迎的社交网站之一。我的想法丝毫不会阻碍推特的成功,就像它无法使科比退出NBA,也无法让乔什•哈奈特不再表演。所以,为什么要让别人的想法阻碍你呢?

13. Stop Being Wasteful

不要浪费

You don’t finish your meals, and away food instead. You leave the faucet running when you brush your teeth, pouring precious water down the drain. You drive places you could easily walk, burning gasoline (a non- renewable resource). You are wasteful, and it needs to stop.

你没有把饭吃完,就扔掉了它们。你开着水龙头刷牙,让宝贵的水白白流入下水道。明明可以走着去的地方,你却驾车去,燃烧汽油(不可再生资源)。你要改掉浪费的习惯。

 14.Stop Littering

不要乱扔垃圾

The only thing I hate more than wasteful people are litterbugs. Litterbugs are my least favorite bug, and there are more than you’d think. If you’ve ever thrown even one piece of gum, paper, candy wrapper, cigarette butt, etc on the ground, you’re a disgusting litterbug, and you should be ashamed of yourself. There are over 7 billion people in the world– if each person only throws one “innocent” piece of garbage on the ground, that’s 7 billion pieces of garbage littering a world in which nobody “did it”. 

垃圾虫是唯一让我觉得比浪费的人更可恶的一类人。他们是我最厌恶的人,而且多到你难以想象。如果你曾丢在地上一块口香糖、一张纸、一张糖果包装纸、一个烟蒂,你就是恶心的垃圾虫,你该感到羞耻。世界上的人口超过70亿——如果每人都无意识地在地上丢一件垃圾,这70亿垃圾从何而来,竟无人承认。

Your one decision makes a HUGE difference, and I will not allow you to blow it off and walk around with your head held high. You’re a litterbug, and it needs to stop immediately. You don’t get lifehack for this one, you filthy animal. Just stop – you already know how.

你的每一个决定都会造成巨大影响,我不允许你不把这当回事,还昂首挺胸。如果你是一个垃圾虫,你要马上停止这种行为。你不是从这里学会生活常识,肮脏的家伙。停止这一切——你知道该怎么做。

 15.Stop Taking Everything Personally

不要以为所有事都针对你

People get offended about the strangest things. Take Kendrick Lamar’s now-infamous verse on “Control” this summer: he called out a list of a dozen rappers he think she’s better than (and he’s right). The internet went crazy, and rappers all over the industry rushed to their mics to record a response. The thing is, all K-Dot said is he’s the best rapper. Everyone took it personally, and that’s exactly what he was going for. The lesson to learn from this is that not everything is about you, and if you’re easily upset, someone will use that to their advantage.

人们会因为一些意想不到的事情而感到被冒犯。就拿肯德里克·拉马尔这个夏天“臭名昭著”的歌曲《Control》来说,歌词中他挑衅了他认为不如他的那些说唱歌手(事实如此)。社交网站陷入疯狂,整个行业的说唱歌手都争相去录歌予以反击。重点在于,肯德里克·拉马尔只是说他是最好的说唱歌手而已。结果每个人都对号入座,这也正是他的目的所在。这件事教会我们不是所有事情都针对你,如果你容易沮丧,就会有人利用这一点。

 16.Stop Talking

不要轻易发言

Sometimes it’s best to just STFU–especially in relationships. I can’t even count how many times I created an issue that didn’t need to be an issue simply because I opened my mouth. Even if what you want to say is important, just shut up and ride it out. You can say more with your actions than words, and you can’t listen when you’re talking.

有时最好保持沉默,尤其是在情侣关系中。我都数不清到底有多少次自己因为说错话而引发了本可避免的争端。即使你想说的非常重要,那也要闭嘴,自行消化。你可以用行动来表明一切,因为当你说话时你便无法倾听。

 17.Just Stop, and Breathe…

停下吧,深呼吸

No matter what you’re doing in life or how your day is going, there’s always room to just stop for a moment and just breathe. Try it right now to celebrate getting through this list of everything you’re doing wrong.

 无论你正在做什么,无论你这一天是如何度过的,你总会有空停下来深呼吸。不如现在就试一试,庆祝一下终于解决了所有麻烦事。

  


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yuanchan发表于:2017-03-13 09:33:03

occasionally impress people译成“令人称赞”是不是有点过译了?impress是指让别人记住你,“偶尔还能让别人记住你”?

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yuanchan发表于:2017-03-13 09:46:24

cut them off than help直接译成“帮助他们”没有把cut off译出来呢。

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Jenny_Peng发表于:2017-03-13 10:05:27

【人生匆匆,很多人甚至直到生命结束才意识到已走过一生。】It happens so quickly, many people don’t even realize they had a life until it’s already over.“had a life”译为“走过一生”有点说不通。参考“having a life means an existence where you are happy (at least) more often than not, or most of the time.”http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=353286

【实在没必要去故意做更多不好的事情】There’s no need to pile on by purposefully doing mean things 理解有误,原文应理解为“没必要刻意做卑鄙的事去泄愤”。

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MaZhuzu发表于:2017-03-13 20:26:12
yuanchan:occasionally impress people译成“令人称赞”是不是有点过译了?impress是指让别人记住你,“偶尔还能让别人记住你”?

@yuanchan:嗯嗯,哈哈

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MaZhuzu发表于:2017-03-13 20:29:51
Jenny_Peng:【人生匆匆,很多人甚至直到生命结束才意识到已走过一生。】It happens so quickly, many people don’t even realize they had a life until it’s already over.“had a life”译为“走过一生”有点说不通。参考“having a life means an existence where you are happy (at least) more often than not, or most of the time.”http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=353286

【实在没必要去故意做更多不好的事情】There’s no need to pile on by purposefully doing mean things 理解有误,原文应理解为“没必要刻意做卑鄙的事去泄愤”。

@Jenny_Peng:谢谢zhenzhen

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MaZhuzu发表于:2017-03-13 20:32:11
yuanchan:cut them off than help直接译成“帮助他们”没有把cut off译出来呢。

@yuanchan:谢谢姐姐,我想想怎么译更好

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lxdhk发表于:2017-03-18 22:31:00

這種老生常談的心靈雞湯有可能是奧巴馬寫的嗎?極度懷疑

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lxdhk发表于:2017-03-18 22:35:37

稍為Google一下,這個網頁里就有一篇一模一樣的東東,還比本文多提到三件事http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/20-things-you-need-stop-doing.html

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MaZhuzu发表于:2017-03-19 11:58:18
lxdhk:稍為Google一下,這個網頁里就有一篇一模一樣的東東,還比本文多提到三件事http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/20-things-you-need-stop-doing.html

@lxdhk:谢谢

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AlexanderZhang发表于:2017-03-19 18:41:31

我可以说我觉得标题翻译成
“20件不应该做的事”
吗2333333

“停止20件正在做的事”
看着好别扭啊

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AlexanderZhang发表于:2017-03-19 18:41:51
AlexanderZhang:我可以说我觉得标题翻译成
“20件不应该做的事”
吗2333333

“停止20件正在做的事”
看着好别扭啊

@AlexanderZhang:太尴尬了我以为是20件(捂脸)

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MaZhuzu发表于:2017-03-20 10:11:08
AlexanderZhang:我可以说我觉得标题翻译成
“20件不应该做的事”
吗2333333

“停止20件正在做的事”
看着好别扭啊

@AlexanderZhang:好,谢谢。先不说几件事吧,我的标题也不是停止几件正在做的事啊

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lxdhk发表于:2017-03-20 13:35:09

說人話應該是「停止做這XX件事」,停止+在做,多半是把動名詞錯誤理解為現在進行時態了吧。不過這種國人不分真偽慕名膜拜的文字,也沒有必要太較真

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AlexanderZhang发表于:2017-03-22 10:44:11
MaZhuzu:@AlexanderZhang:好,谢谢。先不说几件事吧,我的标题也不是停止几件正在做的事啊

@MaZhuzu:那我可能瞎了= =

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