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  • I dedicated the past two years to understanding

  • how people achieve their dreams.

  • When we think about the dreams we have,

  • and the dent we want to leave in the universe,

  • it is striking to see how big of an overlap there is

  • between the dreams that we have and projects that never happen.

  • (Laughter)

  • So I'm here to talk to you today

  • about five ways how not to follow your dreams.

  • One: Believe in overnight success.

  • You know the story, right?

  • The tech guy built a mobile app and sold it very fast for a lot of money.

  • You know, the story may seem real, but I bet it's incomplete.

  • If you go investigate further,

  • the guy has done 30 apps before

  • and he has done a masters on the topic, a Ph.D.

  • He has been working on the topic for, like, 20 years.

  • This is really interesting,

  • I myself have a story in Brazil that people think is an overnight success.

  • I come from a humble family,

  • and two weeks before the deadline to apply for MIT,

  • I started the application process.

  • And, voila! I got in.

  • People may think it's an overnight success,

  • but that only worked because for the 17 years prior to that,

  • I took life and education seriously.

  • Your overnight success story is always a result

  • of everything you've done in your life through that moment.

  • Two: Believe someone else has the answers for you.

  • Constantly, people want to help out, right?

  • All sorts of people: your family, your friends, your business partners,

  • they all have opinions on which path you should take:

  • "And let me tell you, go through this pipe."

  • But whenever you go inside, there are other ways you have to pick as well.

  • And you need to make those decisions yourself.

  • No one else has the perfect answers for your life.

  • And you need to keep picking those decisions, right?

  • The pipes are infinite and you're gonna bump your head,

  • and it's a part of the process.

  • Three, and it's very subtle but very important:

  • Decide to settle when growth is guaranteed.

  • So your life is going great,

  • you have put together a great team,

  • and you have growing revenue, and everything is set,

  • time to settle.

  • When I launched my first book,

  • I worked really, really really hard to distribute it everywhere in Brazil.

  • With that, over three million people downloaded it,

  • over 50,000 people bought physical copies.

  • When I wrote a sequel, some impact was guaranteed.

  • Even if I did little, sales would be okay.

  • But okay is never okay.

  • When you're growing towards a peak,

  • you need to work harder than ever and find yourself another peak.

  • Maybe if I did little, a couple hundred thousand people would read it,

  • and that's great already.

  • But if I work harder than ever,

  • I can bring this number up to millions.

  • That's why I decided, with my new book, to go to every single state of Brazil.

  • And I can already see a higher peak.

  • There's no time to settle down.

  • Fourth tip, and that's really important:

  • Believe the fault is someone else's.

  • I constantly see people saying,

  • "Yes, I had this great idea, but no investor had the vision to invest."

  • "Oh, I created this great product,

  • but the market is so bad, the sales didn't go well."

  • Or, "I can't find good talent; my team is so below expectations."

  • If you have dreams,

  • it's your responsibility to make them happen.

  • Yes, it may be hard to find talent.

  • Yes, the market may be bad.

  • But if no one invested in your idea,

  • if no one bought your product,

  • for sure, there is something there that is your fault.

  • (Laughter)

  • Definitely.

  • You need to get your dreams and make them happen.

  • And no one achieved their goals alone.

  • But if you didn't make them happen, it's your fault and no one else's.

  • Be responsible for your dreams.

  • And one last tip, and this one is really important as well:

  • Believe that the only things that matter are the dreams themselves.

  • Once I saw an ad, and it was a lot of friends,

  • they were going up a mountain, it was a very high mountain,

  • and it was a lot of work.

  • You could see that they were sweating and this was tough.

  • And they were going up, and they finally made it to the peak.

  • Of course, they decided to celebrate, right?

  • I'm going to celebrate, so,

  • "Yes! We made it, we're at the top!"

  • Two seconds later, one looks at the other and says,

  • "Okay, let's go down."

  • (Laughter)

  • Life is never about the goals themselves.

  • Life is about the journey.

  • Yes, you should enjoy the goals themselves,

  • but people think that you have dreams,

  • and whenever you get to reaching one of those dreams,

  • it's a magical place where happiness will be all around.

  • But achieving a dream is a momentary sensation,

  • and your life is not.

  • The only way to really achieve all of your dreams

  • is to fully enjoy every step of your journey.

  • That's the best way.

  • And your journey is simple -- it's made of steps.

  • Some steps will be right on.

  • Sometimes you will trip.

  • If it's right on, celebrate, because some people wait a lot to celebrate.

  • And if you tripped, turn that into something to learn.

  • If every step becomes something to learn or something to celebrate,

  • you will for sure enjoy the journey.

  • So, five tips:

  • Believe in overnight success,

  • believe someone else has the answers for you,

  • believe that when growth is guaranteed, you should settle down,

  • believe the fault is someone else's,

  • and believe that only the goals themselves matter.

  • Believe me, if you do that, you will destroy your dreams.

  • (Laughter)

  • (Applause)

  • Thank you.

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