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TED Radio Hour - How Should We Define Success?

Success has become synonymous with financial wealth, influence and status. But can we define success in another way -- one that welcomes a broader range of accomplishment? It may not be as obvious as you think. In this hour, TED speakers share ideas...

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16.30 1 Oct 2021


TED Radio Hour - How Should We Define Success?


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Success has become synonymous with financial wealth, influence and status.   But can we define success in another way -- one that welcomes a broader range of accomplishment?  It may not be as obvious as you think.   In this hour, TED speakers share ideas for what makes us successful.

Tony Robbins makes it his business to know why we do the things we do. The pioneering life coach discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions.

When Angela Duckworth was teaching seventh graders, she quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. She explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

Smile! It just might make you a success. Ron Gutman says your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live -- and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being.

Follow your passion? It won't make you successful, says Mike Rowe. He believes blue-collar workers, the people who make life possible for the rest of us, are unjustifiably degraded in society today -- and might be the most successful people.

The conversation continues with Mike Rowe. The host of Dirty Jobs explains why he considers blue collar workers some of the happiest and most successful people he knows.

Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure -- and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

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