This is a summary of a tedtalk.
Listen to the talk: www.ted.com/talks/richard_st_john_s_8_secrets_of_success
Seven years ago, a high school student from a poor family was sat next to Richard on a plane and asked “what leads to success?” He felt bad he couldn’t give her a good answer, so asked over 500 people and this is what some of them said:
- Passion. Do it for love, not for money. Carol Coletta says, “I would pay someone to do what I do.” Interestingly: 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.”
- Good. Alex Garden says, “To be successful put your nose down in something and get damn good at it.”
- Focus. Norman Jewison said, “I think it all has to do with focusing yourself on one thing.”
- Push. David Gallo says, “Push yourself. Physically, mentally, you’ve gotta push, push, push.”
- Serve. Sherwin Nuland says, “It was a privilege to serve as a doctor.” You can’t serve yourself; you’ve got to serve others something of value.
- Ideas. Bill Gates says, “I had an idea: founding the first micro-computer software company.”
- Persist. Joe Kraus says, “Persistence is the number one reason for our success.” You gotta persist through failure.
These are the big 8 things that lead to success.
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