Is there more to life than money?(Chinese ver.) – Paul Buchheit


A great post from Paul Buchheit which is very inspiring! Don’t Miss it!
– Special Thanks to StephenH to help editing my translation! Thank you very much! –


最近一位好朋友,一位我十分尊敬的 journalist Leona 寫了一篇 “Nerds and Hippies” ,千萬不要錯過。喜歡機器和科技的我,對這些題目尤其喜愛。這也是為什麼我曾很熱衷和很享受籌備了 Hong Kong Web2.0 Startups Gathering 1 及 Hong Kong Web2.0 Startups Potluck Party 2 ,而且那兩次活動很幸運地認識了很多很有夢想和追求的人,那是最令我感到興奮!

最近看了 Paul Buchheit 寫的一篇文 : Is there’s more to life than money? ,十分有共鳴。也許是因為他寫了自己的心聲、生活體驗及對工作理想的感覺,更道出那些Startup Founders 的想法及Web2.0 ,翻譯下來了,與大家分享。


P.S. 誰是 Paul Buchheit? : ]

Is there more to life than money? – Paul Buchheit? (Chinese version)
(P.S. I put the English original text here, please always refer to the meaning from the original text. Thank you Paul for letting me translate it!)

Whenever there is a discussion about joining a startup vs working at regular job, someone will defend the boring 9-5 job by

saying, “there is more to life than money”.

These people are, of course, right. There is plenty of evidence that happiness is only loosely correlated with wealth. People seem to derive a much greater sense of satisfaction from good relationships, and having a sense of purpose and meaning in their life. Money matters too, but not as much once the basic need for food and shelter are addressed, and those aren’t big issues for most people deciding between joining a startup or a big company.

Furthermore, most people who do join startups will never experience a huge payday. Google distributed billions of dollars to thousands of employees, but that was truly exceptional. Even moderately successful startups that eventually sell for $50 million dollars or so will only make a couple of people rich.
此外,大多數加入“科技創業公司“(Startup)的人,是絕不會有獲發高薪的一天。雖然 Google 分派數十億美元給成千上萬的員工,但那其實只是一個例外。即使是比較成功的“科技創業公司“(Startup)最終售價為5000萬美元,那也只是小部分人的富裕。

If all you care about is money, I doubt that joining a startup is the right way to go. You’ll probably make a lot more at a hedge fund, or by becoming a lawyer, or something like that.

Maybe it now seems like I’m defending the boring 9-5 job, but it’s actually just the opposite. Those 8 hours/day are a huge chunk of of your waking life, and don’t forget that you’ll probably also spend a few hours preparing, commuting, and “unwinding”. Even worse, bad or boring jobs can sap our energy, so that at the end of the day all we feel like doing is sitting in front of the tv.
也許,現在看來我好像是在支持著沉悶的9-5工作,但實際上是剛剛相反的。這些每天八小時的工作,佔據了你生活中大部份的清醒時間,不要忘記,你大概也花了幾個小時去準備,乘車,及“放鬆心情” 。更壞的是,討厭和沈悶的工作會吸盡我們的能量,所以,在一天結束的時候,我們唯一想做的事情便是坐在電視機前一整晚。

That’s no way to live, if you can help it. Why surrender such a huge chunk of your life just to get some money? For some people, that’s the only option, but for those fortunate enough to be smart and educated, there’s a better way.

Instead of throwing away your “working hours”, why not make every minute count? Why not find work that you can actually enjoy, work that’s fun and meaningful?
與其浪費你的“工作時間“? 為什麼不珍惜每一分一秒?為什麼不去找一份你真正可以享受,而且有趣和有意義的工作?

Of course that’s easier said than done, but it’s not impossible.

For reasons that will have to be left for another post, the structure and systems in big companies tend to make work meaningless and life unpleasant, at least for me. Of course smaller companies can be awful too, but they have a greater potential to be good.

If your job isn’t working for you, if it isn’t making you happy and energized, then why are you still there? I can’t guarantee that you’ll find something better, but perhaps you should at least try something new. Don’t just give up on life.

I truly enjoy writing code. I love creating new products and features. I like getting feedback from users and finding ways to solve their problems. I like the game of business. I like helping people. Of course there is always some amount of unpleasant work that must be done, but that can be contained (my rule is that work should be no more than 10% awful).
我是真的享受編寫程式,我也愛創造新產品和新的功能。我喜歡獲得用戶的意見,並設法解決他們的問題。我喜歡商業運作的模式,我也喜歡幫助別人。當然,始終會有些不可推卻的工作仍是會做得不很愉快,但那是可以接受的(我的原則是,工作中不愉快的部份不可以超過百分之十) 。

That’s why, even though I don’t financially need to work, I choose to work (and end up staying up until 4am pushing new code). It’s why we created FriendFeed, to have a great place to work, a place where we can build great products and have happy users. Of course I’d also like to earn a few billion dollars, and I plan to make all of our employees very wealthy, but that’s more like a bonus. I don’t believe that you can be happy and make great products and treat your users right if all you think about is money.
這也就是為什麼,儘管我在財政上並非需要工作,我仍然選擇要工作(並坐在案前編寫程式直到早上4點鐘) 。這也是為什麼我們創造了FriendFeed ,有一個很好的工作地點,一個我們可以建立極佳的產品和開心的使用者的地方。當然,我也同樣希望能夠賺取數十億美元,而我的計劃是要能夠讓我們所有的員工都非常富裕,就像發花紅一樣。但如果你所在意的只是金錢的話, 我並不相信你可以擁有真正的快樂,你不能製造出優秀的產品和善待你的用戶。

There’s more to life than money.

My first Google pay-stub (including note from Heather). Money isn’t everything, but this zero-dollar check did make me a little nervous.
我的第一張 Google 支薪存根(包括 Heather 的紙條) 。金錢並非一切,但這張零美元支票確實令我有點緊張。



Infographical Movie of nuclear technology

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I love all the sexy and colorful visuals.  Here is a very good infographical movie illustrating  the principles of nuclear technology for a French energy company.

Hmm….For me, nuclear technology is quite dangerous somehow. I still remembered the horrible scenes of the Chernobyl Disaster  TV news report in 1986 when I was  still a little kid.  Anyone still remember this accident? Nowadays, most of our electricity is generated in this way already. Could be have other greener and safer alternatives?

Make the Difference! Design can Change the World!


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作為設計師,你設計的東西影與我們的生活有密切關係,請支持 “Design can change” pledge。當你設計時,鼓勵 “sustainable industry practices”及環保的設計,由今天開始為地球做多一點!

I fully support this initiative. You can do it too! As a designer, what you do is important which can make the difference! Please let designers around you know this initiative and pledge. Do more for our environment now!

Design can change is an effort to bring together the world’s graphic design community to address the issues surrounding climate change.

Designers craft much of the world’s products/media and as such are well positioned to build awareness around this issue while encouraging more sustainable industry practices.”

— Transcript of presentation by Susan Szenasy who is editor of Metropolis mag, while addressing the AIGA 2003 crowd of designers. She had some pretty strong words for us backed up with solid facts.

“But I say that you—collectively, as graphic designers—are starting other fires, metaphorically speaking… You are responsible for helping to create 40% of North America’s solid waste; paper accounts for 81 million tons of waste annually..

Furthermore, the pulp and paper industry is the third largest industrial buyer of elemental chlorine. Chlorine is used to whiten paper, a process which is linked to a proven cancer-causing chemical called dioxin.”

“You’ve got to find what you love” – Steve Jobs’ 2005 Commencement @ Stanford


這是 2005 年 Steve Jobs 在 Stanford 的一個約 15 分鐘的畢業典禮演講。沒有 Keynote,也沒有 macbook。Great speaker is great speaker. 那是 Steve Jobs 的故事令你著迷,給你無限的啟示。接這裡看中文全文翻譯 (via Mr/Ms Days)。不要錯過下面的 live video。 尤其喜歡他說的這一段,這也是我的信念:


Steve Jobs was delivering his commencement speech to the graduates of Stanford University in 2005 (see video below). It’s around 15mins. This time, No keynote! No macbook! But what he said is even more powerful than a thousand images. It is his story/words that moves you, touch you and inspire you. A Steve Jobs’ video that you should never miss.

Click here for the speech transcript in English from Stanford News Archive.

This the part I love the most:

” Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. “