TED Talks: ‘Success Is a Continuous Journey’

UPDATED: April 16, 2020
PUBLISHED: January 25, 2017

For years, there has been a huge magnifying glass on how to reach success. Everyone wants to know the latest tips and tricks on how to get there. But when you finally get to the top, how do you stay there?

If success is a perceivable destination in your mind, almost like a set of coordinates signaling the end of a road trip, you might be going about success the wrong way. In this TED Talk, success analyst Richard St. John shares what success really is—and how to keep it.

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“Reaching success, I worked hard, I pushed myself,” he says. “But then I stopped, because I figured, ‘Oh, you know, I made it. I can just sit back and relax.’ ”

But when St. John’s business hit rock bottom, he had to shift his mindset. He started from the beginning, going back to the eight principles that led to his success:

“I learned that success isn”t a one-way street… And if we want to avoid “success-to-failure-syndrome, we just keep following these eight principles, because that is not only how we achieve success, it”s how we sustain it.”

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TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics—from science to business to global issues—in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. See more at TED.com.