February 12, 2009

Botching it by rushing 欲速则不达

欲速则不达

昨晚请两位劳苦功高的导师到Leamington Spa的宝石粤式餐馆吃饭,庆祝我成功地晋级为博士研究生。回家后,读了以下这篇故事,(取自<<星洲互动>>于2009年2月11日刊登的沟通平台)自我警惕机制骤然启动。

一个年轻人到少林寺向师父拜师学艺,他问师父要练多久才能出师,师父说:“大概5年吧!”

“啊,这么久?”年轻人急切地问:“假如我比其他弟子花更多倍的努力,是不是可以提早学成武功?”

“这样的话,你大概需要10年!”师父说。

“甚么?10年?那如果我再加倍、加倍地努力学习呢?”

“20年吧!”师父淡淡地回答。

年轻人愈听愈糊涂:“师父啊,为甚么我越努力练习,学成武功的时间就越长呢?”

“因为,当你的一只眼睛一直‘盯著结果看´时,你就只剩下一只眼睛可以‘专注练习´了!”师父说。

学习,固然需要两只眼睛都“心无旁騖”地“专注”於自己的课业,即使是从事任何行业,不论置身任何岗位,要想出类拔萃、出人头地,少一份专注也是不行的。专注力不足,工作就会经常出错、发生状况,因此,许多谈论成功的励志书籍都告诉我们,在这分工精细的社会,专注,才是胜出的秘诀。

专注,就是集中精力、全神贯注、专心致志。

专注,就是“专精”於自己的领域,把每一件事做到最好,展现专业。

[为了让更多同修分享,本文接下来用英语]

There is a reason why a PhD is commonly set to be completed in three years time. The moral of this story is one could be botching something by rushing. It is still crucial to have an aim, but once it is set, both eyes should be focusing on the work to be done to reach the aim, instead of staring at the aim while rushing on things to be done to reach the aim. My take on is, sufficient time should be spent on planning and target setting. Once it is done, I should concentrate on the tasks to be done and only review the aim after I reach a particular milestone.


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