October 26, 2012

人物│謙虛的巨人─「從姚明的高度看世界」姚明演講分享

The Modest Giant-- Former NBA Star Yao Ming

It was impossible for people not to notice his extraordinary height. He bent a little to reach the height of the  microphone. His talk was slow and he used several quotes from Chinese classics, not like the speedy pace he had on the basketball court. The tall while moderate giant, the former NBA star on Houston Rockets, here he was-- Yao Ming.

On October 26, 2012, Yao Ming started his first speech on campus. The first stop was the prestigious school for business and social science in Taiwan, National Chengchi University (abbreviated as NCCU). There was a craze before he showed up. Students waited in the long line for more than an hour. Yao Ming did not hold high position but friendly. He answered every question from the audience patiently, which was exactly the opposite of our stereotype of a super star.

Never Stop Learning--No Racial Discrimination but Ability Discrimination


"There is no racial discrimination but ability discrimination on the basketball court." Said Yao Ming. For the past nine years in the United States, he had never stopped learning. "Never had I wasted a day." he said proudly. He worked harder than the coach expected. Even after he left the court, and became the manager of basketball team, he still keeps learning diligently. He once dreamed to be a Archaeologist but forced to give up by his height. "How could I enter holes with my height?" he joked. And now, he not only did not confided to his glorious past, but started to learn his favorite Geometry, History, and even Linear Algebra in Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


Proud of the Culture; Fulfill by Philanthropy


In addition, Yao Ming shared the difference between the East and the West. As most of us know, Westerners are more confident in showing themselves and express their own opinion, while Asians are more moderate and respect the authority more. At the beginning, he was too moderate to express his opinion on the team, which was usually a good behavior of respect in the East, but was recognized as irresponsible by his American coach. Time by time, he now deals with both culture perfectly, and he kept reminding us to be proud of our culture again and again.


How Yao Ming loves the culture was put into practice by philanthropy, especially focusing on children. In the West, Christian teaches people to donate and contribute to the society. While in Chinese culture, there was also a wisdom proverbs to express similar meaning. All he wanted to do is to create an equal learning environment for the children in need. 


Success by Gifts, Hard Work or Luck?


"In addition to gifts and hard work, one very important factor to success is luck." Said Yao Ming. Indeed, gifts are born, and hard work are what we could control, but adding up the two does not always equal success. Luck is also significant. Without luck, you could not do anything, not matter how talented you are or hard you work. However, the definition of success depends on how you take it. So just work hard and be positive!


Yao Ming, moderate to people and proud of his culture. He no doubt gave us the best example of moderation cultivated by Chinese culture.


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一開場,他與講台上麥克風的遙遠距離,讓人很難不注意他超乎常人的身高。他低著頭演講,有條不紊,偶爾的引經據典與文雅詞彙,有著一般運動員沒有的文化內涵。兩百三十公分的身高,NBA休士頓火箭隊前球星,他,就是姚明。

姚明來到台灣校園巡迴演講的第一場,獻給了人文薈萃的國立政治大學。滿場的觀眾,各個都排了一個多小時的隊伍,可見其魅力。他沒有明星球員常見的自傲,謙沖自牧的姚明,反而有種學生的單純與親切,對於觀眾的提問,都有問必答。

學無止盡─沒有種族歧視,只有能力歧視

姚明說:「球場上沒有所謂的種族歧視,只有能力歧視。」也因此,在美國九年的生活中,他自信滿滿的說:「我沒有一天是浪費的。」不用教練督促,卻能比其他球員更努力。即使離開球場,成為球隊經營者,他仍舊不斷努力學習,無論是從工作中了解如何經營球隊、抑或單純為了興趣而學習。曾夢想成為考古學家的姚明,對於歷史地理非常有興趣,他逗趣的說:「如果我長的矮一些,我想當考古學家。不然我要怎麼鑽山洞?」現在的他,不僅不因過去成就而自滿,反而在名校上海交通大學除了學習熱愛的史地,甚至學習線性代數等數理課程,不斷的自我充實。

以中華文化為榮,以慈善事業實踐

此外,他也談到東西方的文化差異。如我們所知,西方人大多敢表現又自我,東方人則顯得含蓄內斂且尊重權威。文化的不同,曾帶給他一些小挫折。例如球隊教練曾詢問團員的意見,美國隊員都滔滔不絕的發表看法,他卻因不敢向「權威」表達意見而被貼上「不負責」的標籤。經過磨合後,他認為只要有納百川的胸襟,文化議題大都能迎刃而解。身為相對弱勢的東方人,姚明也提醒我們,切勿妄自菲薄,要以我們的文化為榮。

姚明對文化的認同也表現在慈善事業。他特別關心兒童,尤其是弱勢兒童。他認為,慈善事業在西方,在基督教影響下,成為社會的一種常態。在東方,那兩句朗朗上口的「老吾老以及人之老,幼吾幼以及人之幼」,則是姚明投身於慈善事業的信念。給予每個孩童一個良好的學習環境,是他的使命。

成功靠天賦、努力、還是運氣?

姚明說:「一個人除了天賦與努力,還有非常重要的,是運氣。」的確,天賦是先天的,努力是後天的,但兩者相加卻不一定等於成功。運氣也很重要。如果少了運氣,那也只能有生不逢時的感慨。然而,「成就沒有所謂的好壞,全看你怎麼衡量。」這條路不通,也能換條路。一個關點的轉換,生命常常就豁然開朗了。不管如何,天賦與運氣,都不是我們能掌控的。我們唯一能把握的,就是努力。所以,切莫蹉跎光陰,努力吧!

姚明,沒有明星球員的高姿態,反而以中華文明而自豪。姚明,讓我們看的中華文化悠久歷史的薰陶下,謙虛的胸襟。


picture from NCCU