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  • This is really a two-hour presentation I give to high school students,

  • cut down to three minutes.

  • And it all started one day on a plane, on my way to TED,

  • seven years ago.

  • And in the seat next to me

  • was a high school student, a teenager,

  • and she came from a really poor family.

  • And she wanted to make something 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, jeez, I'm in the middle of a room of successful people!

  • So why don't I ask them what helped them succeed,

  • and pass it on to kids?

  • So here we are, seven years, 500 interviews later,

  • and I'm gonna tell you what really leads to success

  • and makes TED-sters tick.

  • And the first thing is passion.

  • Freeman Thomas says, "I'm driven by my passion."

  • TED-sters do it for love; they don't do it for money.

  • Carol Coletta says, "I would pay someone to do what I do."

  • And the interesting thing is:

  • if you do it for love, the money comes anyway.

  • Work! Rupert Murdoch said to me, "It's all hard work.

  • Nothing comes easily. But I have a lot of fun."

  • Did he say fun? Rupert? Yes!

  • TED-sters do have fun working. And they work hard.

  • I figured, they're not workaholics. They're workafrolics.

  • Good! Alex Garden says, "To be successful put your nose down in something

  • and get damn good at it."

  • There's no magic; it's practice, practice, practice.

  • And it's focus. Norman Jewison said to me,

  • "I think it all has to do with focusing yourself on one thing."

  • And push! David Gallo says, "Push yourself.

  • Physically, mentally, you've gotta push, push, push."

  • You gotta push through shyness and self-doubt.

  • Goldie Hawn says, "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's not always easy to push yourself,

  • and that's why they invented mothers. (Laughter)

  • Frank Gehry -- Frank Gehry said to me,

  • "My mother pushed me."

  • Serve! Sherwin Nuland says, "It was a privilege to serve as a doctor."

  • Now a lot of kids tell me they want to be millionaires.

  • And the first thing I say to them is:

  • "OK, well you can't serve yourself;

  • you gotta serve others something of value.

  • Because that's the way people really get rich."

  • Ideas! TED-ster Bill Gates says, "I had an idea:

  • founding the first micro-computer software company."

  • I'd say it was a pretty good idea.

  • And there's no magic to creativity in coming up with ideas --

  • it's just doing some very simple things.

  • And I give lots of evidence.

  • Persist! Joe Kraus says,

  • "Persistence is the number one reason for our success."

  • You gotta persist through failure. You gotta persist through crap!

  • Which of course means "Criticism, Rejection, Assholes and Pressure."

  • (Laughter)

  • So, the big -- the answer to this question is simple:

  • Pay 4,000 bucks and come to TED.

  • Or failing that, do the eight things -- and trust me,

  • these are the big eight things that lead to success.

  • Thank you TED-sters for all your interviews!

This is really a two-hour presentation I give to high school students,

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【TED】Richard St. John: Secrets of success in 8 words, 3 minutes

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