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一位年青世界冠军的心声

  

Justin Lall

 

Justin Lall19869月生,是2005年第10届世界青年桥牌锦标赛冠军(10th WORLD YOUTH TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP),他现在是职业牌手。以下是摘自他的“博客”的一篇文章。

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    有位记者最近问我两个问题,令人惊讶的是这两个问题我从来没想到过。

    1) 为什么你选择做一名职业牌手?

    2) 为什么你的目标是成为世界上最好的牌手?

    问题一比较容易回答。主要原因很简单,我爱桥牌。我真心认为桥牌是世界上最伟大的竞技游戏。无论你打了多久,它永远不会使你厌烦,你也永远不能完全征服它。每副牌和每个叫牌过程都有某种内在的美。这种游戏向我挑战,激励我,而且影响我对生活的其他方面的思考。我发现自己已经完全被这种游戏和它的错综复杂迷住了。

    我喜欢竞争。认识我的人都知道,差不多每一件事,我的主要目标就是赢。不管你是不是我最好的朋友,或者我的家庭成员,当我坐下来与你对阵的时候,我正希望把你杀得片甲不留。我期待别人和我抱同样的态度。竞争含有一种东西,它使我热血奔流,觉得自己充满活力。

    做一个“九五”上班族,我会觉得身不由己,好像一直在装模作样。在学校里的感觉也一样,单调透了。那不是好的感觉,也不是我希望度过一生的方式。“九五”职业就是不适合我。当然,当一名律师或者程序员,我也许能挣到多得多的钱,但是如果我觉得厌烦,不快乐,那又有什么好处?对我来说,钱不过是谋生的手段,只要我能挣到的钱足够我活着并且打桥牌,其余都是身外之物。

    有些人猜测,在打了很多年职业桥牌以后,我将逐渐厌倦,或者回顾一生,将觉得自己一事无成。这可能是真的,但这话也可能适用于几乎每种职业。人不可能预言未来,但我确实认为,这样的情况不大会发生。

    回答问题二有一点费劲,但我想它与我对问题一的回答其实密切相关。我是个竞争欲望很强的人,如果我打算把自己的时间乃至生命奉献给某件事,我就想成为最好的。不是最好的之一,是最好的。我相信,很多律师希望做他们那一行的顶尖人物,职业运动员也想成就伟业。我身上就是有某种内在的驱动力,要我攀上顶峰。假如我成为一名了不起的桥牌高手,但并不是全世界最好的,我会不会觉得很失败?这很难说,但我想,如果我尽了自己最大的努力,我也知道这一点,而有人碰巧比我更好,我将觉得成功。真正的失败是尽了最大努力而牌技却停滞不前。

    每天,我想的、写的、谈的、读的、玩的都是桥牌。这样做的时候,我努力怀着开放的心胸,愿意学习新东西,也愿意发现自己在某些方面犯过的错误。我想,如果我保持这种态度,我将能够达到自己的目标。天赋之才是必须的,我认为(希望?)我有。我确实认识到,其他人可能有与我一样的目标,我们并不能都是最好的。

    我也认识到,很难或者说不可能确定究竟谁真的是最好的。很多人声称,杰夫·麦克斯特罗思(Jeff Meckstroth)就是,这么说很有道理,尽管客观情况并没有让他保住世界排名第一的位置。这很难度量,我也永远不会真的知道结果,所以,也许做“最好的之一”是比较可以度量的追求目标。

    我想,这是个每个人都该想想的好问题。为了对多数人更适用,我问的是:你打桥牌的目标是什么,为什么?你是否正在尽你所能以达到你的目标?

——2006/1/17,译于合肥 Aihua

 

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A reporter recently asked me two questions that I had surprisingly never thought about.

1) Why did you choose to be a bridge professional?

2) Why is your goal to become the best player in the world?

Answering question #1 was easier. The main reason is simple; I love bridge. I truly think it is the greatest game in the world. No matter how long you play it never becomes boring and you never master it. Every hand and auction has a certain beauty about it. The game challenges me, stimulates me, and affects my thinking in other areas of life. I find myself completely infatuated with the game and its intricacies.

I also love to compete. Those who know me know that my main goal in pretty much everything is to win. It doesn't matter if you are my best friend or a family member, when I sit down against you I am hoping to kill you. I expect the same from others. There is something about competing that just gets my juices going and makes me feel alive.

Working a 9-5 job, I just feel like I'm going through the motions. It felt the same way in school, completely monotonous. That is not a good feeling and not the way I want to spend my life. A 9-5 job is just not for me. Sure, I could probably make much more money being a lawyer or programmer, but what good is it if I feel bored and unhappy? Money to me is just a means to live,

as long as I can make enough to live playing bridge the rest is extraneous.

Some people have speculated that after playing pro for many years I will become bored or that I will look back on my life and feel like it was empty. This may be true, but this is also true of almost every profession. It's impossible to tell the future, but I do think it is unlikely that this will happen.

Question #2 was a little bit tougher to answer, but I think it is closely related to my answer in question #1. I am very competitive, and if I am going to dedicate my time and life to something I want to be the best. Not one of the best, but the best. I'm sure many lawyers want to be at the top of their field, and professional athletes want to achieve greatness. There is just some internal drive in me to reach the top. Will I feel like I have failed if I become the great player but not the best in the world? It's hard to say, but I think if I try my hardest and know that I did and someone happens to be better I will feel successful. The real failure would not be trying my hardest and having my game stagnate.

I think about, write about, talk about, read about, and play bridge every day. I try to do so with an open mind, willing to learn to things and discover that I have been wrong about certain things. I think if I keep this attitude I will be able to achieve my goal. Natural talent is necessary, but I think (hope?) that I have it. I do realize that other people probably have the same goal as me, and we can not all be the best.

I also realize that it's hard or impossible to determine who the best really is. Many would claim Jeff Meckstroth is, very reasonably so, even though circumstances have not permitted him to hold the number one ranking in the world. It is hard to measure, and I will never really know so perhaps being "one of the best" is a more measurable thing to attain.

I think this is a good question for everyone to think about. To make it more applicable to most people I would ask what are your goals in bridge and why? Are you doing everything you can to achieve them?

 

 
 
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