Richard St. John: “Success is a continuous journey”

Richard St. John: “Success is a continuous journey”


Why do so many people reach success and then fail? One of the big reasons is, we think success is a one-way street. So we do everything that leads up to success, but then we get there. We figure we’ve made it, we sit back in our comfort zone, and we actually stop doing everything that made us successful. And it doesn’t take long to go downhill. And I can tell you this happens, because it happened to me. Reaching success, I worked hard, I pushed myself. But then I stopped, because I figured, “Oh, you know, I made it. I can just sit back and relax.” Reaching success, I always tried to improve and do good work. But then I stopped because I figured, “Hey, I’m good enough. I don’t need to improve any more.” Reaching success, I was pretty good at coming up with good ideas. Because I did all these simple things that led to ideas. But then I stopped, because I figured I was this hot-shot guy and I shouldn’t have to work at ideas, they should just come like magic. And the only thing that came was creative block. I couldn’t come up with any ideas. Reaching success, I always focused on clients and projects, and ignored the money. Then all this money started pouring in. And I got distracted by it. And suddenly I was on the phone to my stockbroker and my real estate agent, when I should have been talking to my clients. And reaching success, I always did what I loved. But then I got into stuff that I didn’t love, like management. I am the world’s worst manager, but I figured I should be doing it, because I was, after all, the president of the company. Well, soon a black cloud formed over my head and here I was, outwardly very successful, but inwardly very depressed. But I’m a guy; I knew how to fix it. I bought a fast car. (Laughter) It didn’t help. I was faster but just as depressed. So I went to my doctor. I said, “Doc, I can buy anything I want. But I’m not happy. I’m depressed. It’s true what they say, and I didn’t believe it until it happened to me. But money can’t buy happiness.” He said, “No. But it can buy Prozac.” And he put me on anti-depressants. And yeah, the black cloud faded a little bit, but so did all the work, because I was just floating along. I couldn’t care less if clients ever called. (Laughter) And clients didn’t call. (Laughter) Because they could see I was no longer serving them, I was only serving myself. So they took their money and their projects to others who would serve them better. Well, it didn’t take long for business to drop like a rock. My partner and I, Thom, we had to let all our employees go. It was down to just the two of us, and we were about to go under. And that was great. Because with no employees, there was nobody for me to manage. So I went back to doing the projects I loved. I had fun again, I worked harder and, to cut a long story short, did all the things that took me back up to success. But it wasn’t a quick trip. It took seven years. But in the end, business grew bigger than ever. And when I went back to following these eight principles, the black cloud over my head disappeared altogether. And I woke up one day and I said, “I don’t need Prozac anymore.” And I threw it away and haven’t needed it since. I learned that success isn’t a one-way street. It doesn’t look like this; it really looks more like this. It’s a continuous journey. And if we want to avoid “success-to-failure-syndrome,” we just keep following these eight principles, because that is not only how we achieve success, it’s how we sustain it. So here is to your continued success. Thank you very much. (Applause)

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    GuppyPal

    "Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy Prozac!" haha, I'm gonna remember that one.

    That was a good story. I'm glad he got off the drugs. They can help, but should usually be avoided if possible.

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    Sam Park

    I'd also like to know what type of music that was at the end of the video…that was beautiful. Many thanks for any help.

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    Kim !

    Why is this so highly rated?
    The main point seems obvious and the talk itself was more about his life story than the actual "principles" and delivered by stick figures…

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    BallinTrollin

    me too, funny & sad how cigarettes are totally legal but they absolutely do nothing for you except kill you slowly. weed helped me to see the world, and the life i have now in a good way filled with hope which i'd like to share to other people.

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    wrongwayup

    Dunno what it's for, maybe for a TV or something? Reminds me of Sony Bravia. But I've noticed TED started putting commercials at the end. It's possible that it's a multi-part commercial, where you don't get to see the brand name until later commercials.

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    gusphraba

    Sponsored by Nokia. Their web spying technology for Iran's current regime reminds me of IBM equipping the Nazis with the necessary technology to organize the mass murder of civilists. And we keep buying their shit.

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    fugazii

    All cellphone companies have this service available in all countries, not only Iran. Support the revolution and all, but the fact that your trying to create a story over something thats been available most countries for many years just makes you look like an uninformed fool. Research > reporting, not the opposite.

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    gusphraba

    You don't seem to understand the topic at all. Are you talking about normal cell phone services? Can you tell the difference between technology specifically built for dictators to spy on civilists and a system for people to talk to each other?

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    momentinpassing

    If only people would have the insight to abandon the normal use of systems that have near perfectly failed them for decades and either use them in reverse engineering-type ways, or run parallel systems. People vote once every few years, but their real political power is in how they direct their attention, activity, labor, language, and money. Such as an ETF that invested by shorting companies like Nokia without risking more than participants' principle. Educating, harming the Nokia's, & profits.

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    MrSixFive

    Money may not always buy happiness, but it sure can buy you either a big ass yacht or car and allow you to park really close to it! LOL!

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    Gerrit Staal

    Really true. I used to say ,money will make me happy, when I was 18 years old. Now I have almost a million and I'm not happy beause, I eurn alot of money. I am happy because I do what I love. Because of that, the money came anyway. πŸ™‚

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    59ayang

    that was a powerful point for someone who felt depressed ……
    and hope this speach can help lots of people all over the world

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    Erin Parker

    Big thanks to John David! He helped me earn more money at Proper Income Dot Com, he guided me in every step of the way. Check it out and he will help you.

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    June Fan

    success is a continuous journey,I should work more hard,I will face more and more challenges and difficult,I should continuous success.

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    Dave Warawa

    This video is an excellent 5 minute investment for Salespeople. It's extremely common for Salespeople to stop doing the things that made them successful because they've reached their desired goal. Richard's graphic at the end of the video says it all.

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    Acacia

    I known this before I actually work on my success
    so it's during my planing process while the time that
    everybody around me still wonder and have fun with their university life
    I'm not regret to using that time for doing this, and finally
    I wondering no more but still working on my goal
    I have my daily goal that I have to learn at least one thing
    or just practice something…this is my minimal success
    my major success, when the time comes you'll see it

    I know this's not a place that I should talk but
    I need to show that I'm not someone who follow the elder's path
    I try to figure out my own and collect every usable knowledge
    from the other to build my own path
    I don't know if many people in this world doing the same
    but I know I do this and I must say that I do
    and also, I don't really know how to call my type
    then I think that I'm Nerd or some kind….

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    Lucas Santoro

    What was that at the end! I was hopping to a brand to show up with a large SALE sign, but nothing happend.

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    λ¬Έμ„œμ›

    Nice video!! I realize that success is not only an achievement of goal but also endless motivating course !!!

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    Elchin Jabbarov

    if you think money is success then you are already lost. word success is similar to sucks in pronouncing.

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