How to Succeed
Canadian Guy Laliberté was a street busker not all that long ago. He was earning a living as a stilt walker and fire-eater in Montreal. Today he is the founder and CEO of Cirque du Soleil and has a personal net worth of $2.6 billion (US) in 2012.
Steli Efti gives a candid talk at TED about the common mistakes made by entrepreneurs, such as simply pushing harder and harder when things are not working, and how to replace such self-defeating habits with ones that actually work. I could personally relate to a lot of the examples he gives in the talk.
Steli Efti is a serial entrepreneur who dropped out of high school to start 3 profitable companies in Europe until he sold everything he had and bought a one way ticket to San Francisco 5 years ago. He founded Supercool School, a startup that empowered thousands of schools in over 50 countries to use a free online education platform to spread learning online.
Last year he co-founded SwipeGood, a social good startup that offered people a simple way to round up all their purchases and give small change to their favorite charities.
He’s currently working on a new stealth startup that has been funded by the very same investors as Twitter, Facebook & Google.
Steli’s pursuit of happiness has been guided by a simple principle: Do what seems most challenging next. Move outside your comfort zone. Grow!
Robert Greene Talks to a Yale Class About Who Succeeds in Life and Why
The talk is added here because it’s highly relevant to anyone sincerely committed to succeeding in the world. Most tycoons and billionaires are naturals at playing the game of life in this manner. The vast majority aren’t. Indeed the majority are in denial about how the world really works.