“What leads to success?” by Richard St. John

Success analyst and author Richard St. John distilled ‘8 Secrets of Success’ from 500 interviews conducted over a 7 year period.

Then he condensed 2 hours of material into this 3 minute presentation for the Ted conference.

My notes from the video:

“Do it for love; not for money.”

“It’s all a lot of work; nothing comes easily. But I have a lot of fun.”
-Rupert Mudoch, publisher

“To be successful, put your nose down in something and get damn good at it.”
-Alex Garden, game developer for Nexon and Microsoft

“There’s no magic. It’s practice, practice, practice.”

“I think it all has to do with focusing yourself on one thing.”
-Norman Jewison, director of 42 movies including “The Hurricane” and A Soldier’s Story”

“I always had self-doubts. I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t smart enough. I didn’t think I’d make it.”
-Goldie Hawn

“You can’t serve yourself. You have to serve others something of value.”

“Listen, observe, be curious, ask questions, problem solve, make connections.”

“Persistence is the number one reason for our success.”
-Joe Kraus, co-founder of Excite

Not bad advice for a student of Aikido.