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Richard St. John's 8 Secrets of Success

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This is really a two hour presentation I give to high school students cut down to 3 minutes and it all started one day on a plane on my way to TED seven years ago and in a sit next to me is a high school student, a teenager, and she came from a really poor family and she wanted to make something out of her life and she asked me a simple little question She said, what leads to success? and I felt really badly because I couldn't give her a good answer so I get off the plane and I come to TED and I think (geez) I'm in the middle of the room with successful people So why don't I ask them what help them succeed and pass it on to kids So, here we are...seven years, five hundred interviews later and I'm gonna tell you what really leads to success and makes TEDsters tick and the first thing is passion Freeman Thomas said, I'm driven by my passion TEDsters do it for love, they don't do it for money Carol Coletta says, "I would pay someone to do what I do" The interesting thing is if you do it for love, the money comes anyway Work.. Rupert Murdoch said, "It's all hard work. Nothing comes easily. But I have a lot of fun." Did he say fun? Rupert. Yes. (laughter) TEDsters do have fun working, and they work hard I figure they're not workaholics, they're 'workafrolics' (laughter) Good...Alex Garden said "to be successful, put your nose down on something and get damn good at it" there's no magic, it's practice, practice, practice and it's Focus Norman Jewison, said "I think it all has to do with focusing yourself on one thing." and Push, David Galla said "Push yourself, physically, mentally, you got to push, push, push." You got to shyness and self doubt. Goldie Hawn said "I always had self-doubts" "I wasn't good enough, I wasn't smart enough. I didn't think I'd make it." Now, it is not easy to push yourself. That is why they invented mothers. (laughter) Frank Gehry said to me, my mother pushed me. (laughter) Serve... Sherwin Nuland said it was a privilege to serve as a doctor. Now, a lot of kids tell me they want to be a millionaires and the first thing I say to them is Ok well you can't serve yourself. you gottta serve others something of value because that's the way people really get rich. Ideas... TEDster Bill Gates said "I had and idea - founding the first micro-computer software company." I'd say it was a pretty good idea. And there's no magic in creativity and coming up with ideas, it's just doing some very simple things. and i give lots of evidence. Persist. Joe Kraus said "Persistence is the number one reason for our success" you gotta persist through failure you gotta persist through crap. which of course mean Criticism, Rejection, Assholes and Pressure (laughter) so, the answer to this question.. is simple pay 4000 bucks and come to TED (laughter) or failing that do the 8 things and trust me these are the big 8 things that lead to success... thank you TEDsters for all your idea (applause)

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Duration: 3 minutes and 46 seconds
Country: South Korea
Language: English
Producer: TED talks
Director: TED talks
Views: 299
Posted by: adah on Jan 1, 2011

Why do people succeed? Is it because they're smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.

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