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Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days

Matt Cutts: 搵啲新攪作,試做30日

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有啲乜嘢你恨做、想做,但硬係...冇做到? Matt Cutts 建議:試做佢30日。呢段短小而輕鬆嘅談話提供咗一個製訂同埋完成目標嘅簡單方法。

- Technologist
Matt Cutts is an engineer at Google, where he fights linkspam and helps webmasters understand how search works. Full bio

A few years ago,
幾年前,
00:15
I felt like I was stuck in a rut,
我突然覺得生活枯燥無味,
00:17
so I decided to follow in the footsteps
於是我決定步
00:20
of the great American philosopher, Morgan Spurlock,
偉大嘅美國思想家 Morgan Spurlock 嘅後麈,
00:22
and try something new for 30 days.
嘗試持續30日做一啲新嘅事情。
00:25
The idea is actually pretty simple.
呢個主意其實好簡單。
00:28
Think about something you've always wanted to add to your life
諗吓有啲你好想添加喺你人生裡面嘅嘢
00:30
and try it for the next 30 days.
然後喺嚟緊果30日試吓佢。
00:33
It turns out,
原來,
00:36
30 days is just about the right amount of time
30日嘅時間啱啱好
00:38
to add a new habit or subtract a habit --
夠養成或者戒除一個生活上嘅習慣 -
00:40
like watching the news --
譬如話
00:42
from your life.
睇新聞報導嘅習慣。
00:44
There's a few things I learned while doing these 30-day challenges.
喺呢啲30日挑戰裡面,我學識咗一啲嘢。
00:46
The first was,
首先係,
00:49
instead of the months flying by, forgotten,
歲月唔再飛逝、被遺忘,
00:51
the time was much more memorable.
而變得十分值得懷念。
00:54
This was part of a challenge I did to take a picture every day for a month.
有一個挑戰嘅部份係我喺一個月內每曰影低一張想。
00:57
And I remember exactly where I was
結果我完全記得番我每日喺邉度
01:00
and what I was doing that day.
同埋做過啲乜嘢。
01:03
I also noticed
我又留意到
01:06
that as I started to do more and harder 30-day challenges,
當我開始做更多更難嘅30日挑戰後,
01:08
my self-confidence grew.
我嘅自信心亦增強。
01:10
I went from desk-dwelling computer nerd
我由一個唔願離開座位嘅電腦呆子
01:12
to the kind of guy who bikes to work --
變成貪好玩
01:14
for fun.
而踩單車返工果類人。
01:17
Even last year, I ended up hiking up Mt. Kilimanjaro,
舊年,我甚至爬上咗非洲最高嘅山,
01:20
the highest mountain in Africa.
Kilimanjaro 山。
01:23
I would never have been that adventurous
喺我開始30日挑戰前
01:25
before I started my 30-day challenges.
我絕對唔係咁富冒險精神嘅人
01:28
I also figured out
我又發覺
01:31
that if you really want something badly enough,
如果你真係好想做一樣嘢,
01:33
you can do anything for 30 days.
你可以持續做果樣嘢30日。
01:35
Have you ever wanted to write a novel?
你有冇諗過寫本小說吖?
01:38
Every November,
每年11月,
01:40
tens of thousands of people
數以萬計嘅人
01:42
try to write their own 50,000-word novel from scratch
嘗試喺30日內由零開始
01:44
in 30 days.
完成佢地5萬字嘅小說。
01:48
It turns out, all you have to do
原來,你只要
01:50
is write 1,667 words a day
喺一個月內
01:52
for a month.
每日寫1,667個字。
01:55
So I did.
我試過。
01:57
By the way, the secret is not to go to sleep
我嘅秘密係未寫完果日嘅字數
01:59
until you've written your words for the day.
我唔上床瞓覺。
02:01
You might be sleep-deprived,
你可能會嚴重睡眠不足,
02:04
but you'll finish your novel.
但係你可以寫成你嘅小說。
02:06
Now is my book the next great American novel?
我本書會唔會成為下一部美國小說巨著?
02:08
No. I wrote it in a month.
梗係唔會喇!我只用咗一個月時間嚟寫。
02:12
It's awful.
其實本書慘不忍睹。
02:14
But for the rest of my life,
不過,喺我餘生,
02:17
if I meet John Hodgman at a TED party,
當我喺TED聚會遇到 John Hodgman 時,
02:19
I don't have to say,
我唔使話,
02:22
"I'm a computer scientist."
我係電腦科學家。
02:24
No, no, if I want to, I can say, "I'm a novelist."
我鍾意嘅話,可以介紹我係小說家。
02:26
(Laughter)
(笑聲)
02:29
So here's one last thing I'd like to mention.
最後我想講嘅係,
02:32
I learned that when I made small, sustainable changes,
我學識當我作出細小而持續嘅改變,
02:35
things I could keep doing,
我能夠一直做落去嘅事情,
02:38
they were more likely to stick.
佢地更容易成為習慣。
02:40
There's nothing wrong with big, crazy challenges.
偉大、瘋狂嘅挑戰並非壞事。
02:42
In fact, they're a ton of fun.
事實上,佢地會帶來無窮樂趣。
02:45
But they're less likely to stick.
但係佢地較難持續下去。
02:48
When I gave up sugar for 30 days,
當我放棄糖果30日後,
02:50
day 31 looked like this.
第31日會變成咁樣。
02:52
(Laughter)
(笑聲)
02:54
So here's my question to you:
等我問吓你:
02:56
What are you waiting for?
你仲等乜嘢呢?
02:59
I guarantee you the next 30 days
我保證
03:01
are going to pass
無論你鍾唔鍾意
03:03
whether you like it or not,
嚟緊嘅30日都會成為過去。
03:05
so why not think about something
點解唔諗吓
03:07
you have always wanted to try
一啲你成日都想試嘅嘢
03:09
and give it a shot
喺嚟緊果30日
03:11
for the next 30 days.
試吓佢。
03:13
Thanks.
多謝。
03:15
(Applause)
(拍手)
03:17
Translated by Kai Cheong Chan
Reviewed by Ann Lee

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Matt Cutts - Technologist
Matt Cutts is an engineer at Google, where he fights linkspam and helps webmasters understand how search works.

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Matt Cutts works on search at Google, specializing in search optimization. He's a friendly and public face for helping webmasters understand how Google's search actually works, making hundreds of videos that answer questions about SEO. (SearchEngineLand made this handy chart of all of them.) He's an advocate for cutting down on poor practice such as link spam. He also wrote the first version of SafeSearch, Google’s family filter.

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