What Leads To Success?

Posted by Fitz Villafuerte under Inspirational, Life Lessons on February 27, 2008

I have been swamped with work for the past few years that I rarely have time to watch television anymore.

Nevertheless, I don’t really regret missing my favorite TV shows and do you know why?

It’s because the “work” that I’m busy with are actually things that I love doing.

I remember reading somewhere: Find a job that you like and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.

If you know who said that, please tell me so that I could send him a thank you note for being one of the reasons why I’m enjoying my life now.

Anyway, I’m doing my usual web surfing (is this my new television?) when I stumbled upon this very inspirational video about the secrets of successful people. It features Richard St. John, a self-described average guy who found success in doing what he love.

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The video below is taken from one of his talks during TED: Technology – Entertainment – Design.

TED is a yearly gathering of the greatest thinkers and doers of our time. TED’s website contains dozens of inspirational and motivational talks so I suggest that you visit it often.

Anyway, to give you a sample of what TED offers, below is the three-minute talk of Richard St. John as he tells his audience the things that lead people to success.

Update: Watch the part 2 of this talk when Richard St. John returns to TED after 4 years to teach us that Success is a Continuous Journey.

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11 Responses to “What Leads To Success?”


  1. Tom LeDree says:

    Great to see you are doing something that you enjoy! It really is so important.. life is to short to spend your life in a job that you hate.

    Great to see you found TED If you search on youtube you can find a lot of the TED talks.

    All the best with your success

    Tom LeDree

  2. Fitz says:

    I found TED a couple of months ago through the recommendation of a friend who’s a frequent watcher of their videos. I’m now slowly becoming a big fan of TED and I plan to feature more of them here.

    Thanks Tom for visiting and all the best to you too.

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  6. Sean General says:

    Hi Fitz. I’m a TED fan too. I’ve been watching TED talks for almost a year now. The talks that fascinate me the most are on how businesses are changing rapidly. I recommend Jeff Skoll’s talk on social entrepreneurship – http://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_skoll_makes_movies_that_make_change.html.

    Let me know what you think.

    Cheers!

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  8. Vaibhav says:

    Hi Fitz,

    I got to your amazing blogs just yesterday and I am reading since then.

    Though, it seems quite late but i did not see anyone mentioning about “Confucious”
    whose words you were quoting and requested to remind you of his name.

    Confucious was the one who quoted

    “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

    But I guess to send him “thank you note”, you must be knowing address of heaven.. 🙂

    Confucious existed between 551 – 479 BC. He has a great Chinese philospher and his thoughts were developed into a system called Confucianism..

    I feel you already thanked him but reflecting some of this thoughts in your blogs.

    This post is so old, I dnt know whether this comment will reach you or not but I wish to thank you for creating this.

  9. Fitz says:

    Hi Vaibhav. Thanks for the comment and thanks for sharing that it was Confucius who said that. 😀

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