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." 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 are not workaholics. They are 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. Frank Gehry, Frank Gehry said to me, "My mother pushed me."
要逼迫你自己不總是那麼簡單，那就是為何上帝創造了「母親」。Frank Gehry(大建築師)，Frank Gehry跟我說：「我的母親督促著我前進。」
Serve! Sherwin Nuland says, "It was a privilege to serve as a doctor." Now a lot of kids tell me they wanna 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."
Idea! 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."
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!
- 「來自於」- Come From
...and she "came from" a really poor family.
- 「下來(車、飛機)、動身、開始」- Get Off
So I "get off" the plane, and I come to TED.
- 「傳遞、繼續下去」- Pass On
So why don't I ask them what helped them succeed, and "pass it on" to kids?
- 「使(人/事物)運作」- Make (someone/something) Tick
...and I'm gonna tell you what really leads to success and "makes TED-sters tick".
- 「衝過、完成、設法擠過」- Push Through
You gotta "push through" shyness and self-doubt.
- 「想出、趕上」- Come Up With
And there's no magic to creativity in "coming up with" ideas.