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Facebook设计总监:勤奋是成功之本

《财富》杂志 2013年07月25日

Facebook设计总监凯特•阿洛诺维茨和我们大多数人一样,也曾经被别人的才华和成功吓倒,但她长大以后有了新的领悟。她说:“我发现才能和成功真的只是勤奋工作的产物。虽然大家看不到,但在人后,那些精英人士常常花费数年来打磨自己的技能。这才是成功的真正秘诀。”

Facebook设计总监凯特•阿洛诺维茨

    《财富》(Fortune)杂志举办的科技头脑风暴大会(7月22日在美国科罗拉多州阿斯彭召开)定期召集科技创新领域最优秀和最聪明的思想家相聚一堂。每周,《财富》杂志都会重点推介一位大会嘉宾,分享他/她对于商业、科技及创业的真知灼见。本周,我们代表年轻企业家向Facebook设计总监凯特•阿洛诺维茨就工作之余的生活、最崇拜的公司以及行业建议提出了10个问题。她的回答如下。

    你获得过的最好建议是什么?

    抱着孩子般的活力和好奇心以及生命将走到尽头时的真诚投入工作。

    当前就业市场非常严峻,对于即将进入职场的年轻人,你有何建议?

    我遇到过许多年轻人对工作极为吹毛求疵。这类人数量之多,令人称奇。千万不要这样做。年轻人应该勇敢地抓住机会,尽力去尝试新东西。只有积极而充满热情地投入工作,才能脱颖而出。

    如果不从事现在的工作,你会干什么?

    我很希望当一位知名时装设计师的学徒,每天跟着他忙里忙外,为策划、设计和举办一场时装发布会担任幕后工作。

    如果可以,你希望哪家新创企业是你创办的?

    我在这方面可能有些有失公允。我希望自己创办了图片分享应用Instagram,不过这可能部分原因是因为我认识这家公司的团队,还跟他们一起共事过。Instagram十分简单、生动且极具吸引力。通过这款应用,用户能直观地看到世界上正在发生什么事情,还能拍摄美丽的照片。我很喜欢这一点。

    你在学校学到的最重要的东西是什么?

    我年少时经常被那些看起来似乎天资聪颖的人吓倒,比如那些学习超棒或者设计水平一流的小孩。但长大后,我发现才能和成功真的只是勤奋工作的产物。虽然大家看不到,但在人后,那些精英人士常常花费数年来打磨自己的技能,这才是成功的真正秘诀。

    Fortune's Brainstorm Tech Conference (beginning today in Aspen, Colo.) regularly brings together the best and brightest minds in tech innovation. Each week, Fortune turns the spotlight on a different conference attendee to offer his or her own personal insight into business, tech, and entrepreneurship. This week, we asked Facebook Director of Design Kate Aronowitz to answer 10 questions about life outside of work, the company she admires most, and industry advice for young entrepreneurs. Her responses follow.

    What is the best advice you ever received?

    Show up to work with the energy and curiosity of your first day and the honesty of your last.

    What would you say to a group of young people looking to enter the tough job market?

    You'd be surprised at how many young people I meet who are ultra picky about what they will and won't do. Don't be that person! Be the one who jumps at the opportunity to try something new. Just being a positive and enthusiastic team member will set you apart from the pack.

    What would you do if you weren't working at your current job?

    I'd love to have the experience of being an apprentice to an established fashion designer, just to get my hands dirty in their work and play a behind the scenes role in planning, designing, and launching a collection.

    What is one startup you would have wanted to found?

    I'm somewhat biased here, as I know and work with the team, but I would have loved to have started Instagram. It's so simple, visual, and engaging. I love the ability to see what's going on in the world visually and have the power to take beautiful pictures.

    What was the most important thing you learned in school?

    When I was younger, I was often intimidated by people who just seemed to be naturally talented at things, like the kids who excelled in academics or were really great designers. But as I've grown up I've learned that talent and success are really just the product of hard work. You don't see it, but behind the scenes the best people spend years perfecting their craft, and that's often the real secret to success.

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