What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World.pdf
几十年来，我在学术研究上的主题，其实都着重在探讨人类认知系统的结构与功能，以及其运作的流程和弹性。我发现西子湾海滩上的比喻，一直是我所想厘清的认知运作的写照。长期记忆里的内容组织越紧密，越不会忘记，但越不会忘记，就越不可能有创意，所以反组合（Disorganization）可能才是创造力训练的主要途径。 蒂娜•齐莉格（Tina Seelig）教授的这本书对所有这些“本位”、“保守”、“安分”的心态，应该有所启发：创造力是可以被教育出来的，只要在教育的历程上把握一些原则（十大原则也只是原则），加上好的老师有能力跟心态去引导挑战！
Seelig, executive director of the entrepreneurship center at Stanford's School of Engineering, presents a thoughtful, concise set of observations for those making the unsteady transition to adulthood. While the majority of her advice is intended for would-be entrepreneurs, her accessible lessons should come in handy for those in any field, as well as those still trying to decide on a field. Culled from her personal experience as an entrepreneur and teacher, as well as the stories of entrepreneurs and students she knows, Seelig avoids (and at times dissects) cliché and provides informative discussion throughout, despite a narrower focus than readers might expect. A chapter on acknowledging, learning from, and even seeking out failure ("Fail fast and frequently") provides valuable advice and comfort for the fearful, including Seelig's own "failure resumé" (broken into professional, academic and personal failures). The chapter titled "Don't listen to career advice" helps readers avoid the pitfalls of oft-heard, wrong-headed maxims like "follow your passions" and "stick to the plan." Readers will either be relieved or frustrated that Seelig doesn't provide any numbered steps, bullet-pointed recaps or self-assessment quizzes, but she makes the most of her knowledge and authority with a friendly, efficient voice.
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“Tina Seelig is one of the most creative and inspiring teachers at Stanford. Her book ought to be required reading. I wish I had read it when I was 20... and again at 50.” (Robert Sutton, Stanford University Professor and author The No-Asshole Rule )
“True, it’s written by a woman (a Stanford University professor, no less), but this ‘crash course in making your way in the world’ is full of realistic tips that help put things into perspective.” (Sacramento Bee )
“It’s almost impossible to read the first line of Tina Seelig’s book and not grab pen and paper to jot down a river of pent-up ideas and possibilities . . . A galvanizing document, [it] gives us -- more than anything else -- permission to develop our dreams.” (Santa Cruz Sentinel )
“Forget 20--This is the kind of stuff I wish I knew now... Tina is doing us all a big favor by giving us a roadmap to life!” (Guy Kawasaki, co-founder of Alltop and author of Reality Check )
“Wise, witty and packed with stories of those who are making a difference and some who are making a fortune...The only trouble is that you will need two dozen copies to give to everyone.” (Patricia Ryan Madson, author of Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up )
“Few people have done as much to champion innovative thinking as Tina Seelig. The principles in her book will surely spark new ideas. It is a must-read for the next generation of entrepreneurs and seasoned veterans alike.” (David Kelley, Founder IDEO )
“Tina is the most inspirational creativity voice I know. Her book is much better than a whack on the side of your head. It’s a whack on the side of your soul!” (Geoffrey Moore, Author, Crossing the Chasm, Dealing with Darwin )
“Anybody who wants to live an entrepreneurial life filled with purpose and passion needs to read this book. It’s chockfull of practical tools and tips to bring out the best in each of us.” (Steve Case, Chairman of Revolution and The Case Foundation, and co-founder of AOL )
“This is a great guide to moving in more exciting, creative, and fulfilling directions, written by a person who is an expert at doing so. But if Tina Seelig had known any more when she was 20, the world probably could not now contain her. “ (Jim Adams, Author, Conceptual Blockbusting )
“Seelig is a sharp observer and a gentle and thoughtful writer. Recollections of her own circuitous career path, along with observations of behavior of friends, family, students and colleagues are fertile ground for her. (Miami Herald )
Author and Professor Tina Seelig’s words to Amazon Customers in China:
I am honored that my book has been so well received by Amazon customers in China. I have visited several cities in China and am inspired by the vast beauty and diversity of the landscape, the architecture, and the people. I have also learned a lot from my talented and creative Chinese students at Stanford. They are incredibly bright and have big dreams for themselves. My goal is to teach them that the most interesting things in life happen when you get off the prescribed path, challenge assumptions, take some risks, and make your own luck. My goal is to provide them with experiences that demonstrate that most problems are opportunities in disguise, and to encourage them to give themselves permission to see the world as full of possibility.
斯坦福大学教授，著名作家蒂娜•齐莉格 (Tina Seelig)给卓越亚马逊读者的致辞：
我对我的书能得到卓越亚马逊客户的认可深感荣幸。我以前曾经访问过中国的几个城市，它们无比美丽，它们的人民，多样化的地貌和建筑都给了我很多启示。 我从我在斯坦福大学的中国学生身上也学到了很多，他们不但才华横溢还具有创造力。他们都非常聪明并且胸怀大梦。 我的目标是教授他们：当你离开既定人生轨道时会发生在你人生中的一些有趣的事情，挑战惯性思维，冒些风险，为自己创造好运。我还要给他们分享一些经验，说明大多数问题都蕴藏着机会，并鼓励他们，让他们给自己一个机会： 看见这个世界充满了机遇。
真希望我20几岁就知道的事(What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20)
Major life transitions such as leaving the protected environment of school or starting a new career can be daunting. It is scary to face a wall of choices, knowing that no one is going to tell us whether or not we are making the right decision. There is no clearly delineated path or recipe for success. Even figuring out how and where to start can be a challenge. That is, until now.
As executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Tina Seelig guides her students as they make the difficult transition from the academic environment to the professional world, providing tangible skills and insights that will last a lifetime. Seelig is an entrepreneur, neuroscientist, and popular teacher, and in What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 she shares with us what she offers her students—provocative stories, inspiring advice, and a big dose of humility and humor.
These pages are filled with fascinating examples, from the classroom to the boardroom, of individuals defying expectations, challenging assumptions, and achieving amazing success. Seelig throws out the old rules and provides a new model for reaching our highest potential. We discover how to have a healthy disregard for the impossible, how to recover from failure, and how most problems are remarkable opportunities in disguise.
What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 is a much-needed book for everyone looking to make their mark on the world.