23-year-old Bel Pesce from Brazil is an MIT graduate, an entrepreneur and author. Her successes were the result of a long process of hard work and perseverance, but in a TED talk she gave this month, Pesce didn't tell the audience what she did to achieve her dreams.
Instead, she told them what she didn't do.
Her TED Talk was appropriately titled:
In it, she gives five ways of thinking to avoid if you'd like to be successful.
Pesce reminds the audience that the reason she suddenly got in to MIT was not because of a stroke of luck. She got in because she worked hard for the past 17 years, and took her life and education seriously.
"Your overnight success story is always a result of everything you've done in your life, through that moment," she tells the audience.
She warns there will be people in life telling us what to do, and how to do it. But we must make our own decisions and find our own paths.
"No one else has the perfect answer for your life," Pesce says.
It's also important not to rest on your laurels.
"When you're growing toward a peak, you need to work harder than ever and find yourself another peak."
"If you have dreams, it's your responsibility to make them happen," says Pesce. "Yes, it may be hard to find talent, yes the market might be bad. But if no one invested in your idea, if no one bought your product, for sure there is something there that is your fault."
And lastly, she reminds us to concentrate on the process.
"Life is never about the goal themselves. Life is about the journey... Achieving a dream is a momentary sensation, but your life is not."
Watch the full TED Talk here:
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