Secrets of Success in 8 Words by Richard St. John

Wednesday 07th, August 2013 / 10:47Written by

Why do people succeed? Is it because they’re smart, or are they just lucky? Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute presentation on the real secrets of success.

Watch this really insightful 3-minute video about what leads to success? 7 years and 250 interviews to find out what makes TEDsters tick led to the following key points.


  1. Passion, you do it because you really really want to do it.
  2. Work, hard work and having fun doing it.
  3. Good, being damn good about the thing you do. Practice, all the time.
  4. Focus, make up your mind and do that one thing with all you’ve got. Always single-task.
  5. Push, make yourself go. Don’t stop mentally, physically. Through doubts and shyness.
  6. Serve, give others something of value.
  7. Ideas, notice things around you, be curious, solve problems, make connections.
  8. Persist, go through failures, criticism, rejection, assholes, pressure, Just don’t give up.

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