How to Achieve Your Most Ambitious Goals | Stephen Duneier | TEDxTucson

  • Опубликовано: 6 мар 2017
  • How you define Stephen Duneier depends on how you came to know him. Some define him as an expert institutional investor, while others know him as a large scale installation artist, avid outdoorsman, professor, decision strategist, coach, business leader, mindfulness extremist, author, speaker, daredevil or Guinness world record holder. In his talk, Stephen explains that what truly defines him aren't titles, but an approach to decision making that transformed him from someone who struggled with simple tasks to a guy who is continuously achieving even his most ambitious dreams.
    For thirty years, he has applied cognitive science to investing, business and life. The result has been the turnaround of numerous institutional businesses, career best returns for managers who have adopted his methods, the development of a $1.25 billion dollar hedge fund and a rapidly shrinking bucket list.
    Mr. Duneier teaches graduate courses on Decision Analysis in UCSB’s College of Engineering. His book, AlphaBrain is due for release in early 2017 from Wiley & Sons.
    Through Bija Advisors, he helps business leaders improve performance by applying proven, proprietary decision-making methods to their own processes.
    His artwork has been featured around the world and is represented by the Sullivan Goss Gallery. As Commissioner of the League of Professional Educators, Duneier is using cognitive science to alter the landscape of American education. He is the former Head of Currency Option Trading at Bank of America and Emerging Markets at AIG International.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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  • Sujit Kumar
    Sujit Kumar 3 часа назад

    Oh my God! Success principle simplified - this is all you may need.

  • Jonathan Flores
    Jonathan Flores 6 часов назад

    This guy is awesome! Now time to work!!

  • Alexander Ivanov
    Alexander Ivanov День назад

    listening to music is normal it means you are human.

  • Jay Shrivastav
    Jay Shrivastav День назад

    one of the most inspirational ted talk

  • Rachid Sahraoui
    Rachid Sahraoui День назад

    Brilliant talk. I really enjoyed this. Thank you.

  • Diana B
    Diana B День назад


  • j j
    j j 2 дня назад

    He made it sound so simple.

  • Diwakar Singh
    Diwakar Singh 2 дня назад

    Thank you for sharing it to us

  • Galc verseau
    Galc verseau 2 дня назад

    You did inspire me, thanks!! I needed this

    AMARINDER SINGH 2 дня назад

    Best one

  • clit licker69
    clit licker69 2 дня назад


  • Sushil Kumar
    Sushil Kumar 2 дня назад

    Just "Marginal Adjustment"

  • MahuatoTheKing
    MahuatoTheKing 3 дня назад

    Definitely one of my favorite tedtalks. I'm glad he just shared some information about his process WITHOUT trying to get customers for his business that goes more in depth. I don't know that he has one. I just know it seems like a common thing with most of the "self-help" style tedtalks. But this is just a genuine tedtalk.

  • Jason Russel
    Jason Russel 3 дня назад

    You break your goals to much more achievable and manageable tasks. Take the decision now and that is the most important step, break your goal into small tasks of 20 to 30 minutes.
    Use your free time wisely, do not waste a single minute of your time; use the time to walk to school or work to listen to an audio book or courses and webinars or even motivational speeches

  • prabhat yadav
    prabhat yadav 3 дня назад

    it is simple to be successful but it is not easy. there is a big difference. and he just got the secret.

  • Jacob Lindberg
    Jacob Lindberg 3 дня назад

    Love this dude!LOL!

  • Robert Sanchez
    Robert Sanchez 4 дня назад

    The Compound Effect

    DEBOJYOTI BANERJEE 4 дня назад

    Thank you

  • Royger CR
    Royger CR 4 дня назад

    the best ever strategy making a person who wants to be!!!!

  • Teresa Fey Doton
    Teresa Fey Doton 5 дней назад


  • Stan Lee
    Stan Lee 5 дней назад

    what a brilliant speech

  • l0wbtry
    l0wbtry 5 дней назад

    This is basically "The slight edge" :D

  • Abdul Basit
    Abdul Basit 6 дней назад

    "Marginal adjustment" seems like the Magical adjustment.

  • Edd Yim
    Edd Yim 6 дней назад

    Love this video! so interesting and motivational.

  • Amaya Stallworth
    Amaya Stallworth 6 дней назад

    I've read this advice before, but to actually hear someone who was also a undispline person and actually achieve all the things that he wanted to do by conforming the action to how it applies to him. Iy makes me believe I can do. The best ted talk I've ever heard

  • Harinee Mosur
    Harinee Mosur 6 дней назад

    Lost focus halfway through on "I did this and that..". Breaking things into mini tasks will help but I highly doubt it will help everybody get Straight A's and have a phenomenal career like his.Overselling a common sense concept which completes ignore other factors of life and the individual.

  • Vaibhav Gupta
    Vaibhav Gupta 7 дней назад +1

    Truly inspiring, loved it

  • ethologizedsphinx
    ethologizedsphinx 7 дней назад

    That is NOT what is involved in being a "world class" artist! That's like saying that if you throw paint at a canvas, you'll be a "world class" artist, since it worked for Jackson Pollock. Of course he's trying to use that pixel style of art as a metaphor, and that's fine. But don't contribute to the dumbification of our culture and misinform people about how the field of art works.

  • May Flower
    May Flower 7 дней назад

    Lovely...I'm going to start now.

  • Supriya Khadse
    Supriya Khadse 7 дней назад

    Wow, Very Inspiring, Fantastic talk!!!!!

  • coolwater55
    coolwater55 8 дней назад

    He has a wife and two children...oh wait, the wife stays home and takes care of the house and children and he can accomplish all his life goals.... wonderful... He has ambition and a GREAT WIFE who gives him tons of freedom from his household and family obligations.....the sad thing, they kids will diss the mom and vy and honour their Dad more for his accomplishments and mom just did dishes and cooked etc. and took care of all our needs for decades... lovely story.

  • Karen Chu
    Karen Chu 8 дней назад

    Thank you! Haha, really enjoyed this one.

  • Robert Palmer
    Robert Palmer 8 дней назад

    This guy is like Iron Man. He does everything

  • Alexandros Priftis
    Alexandros Priftis 9 дней назад

    Really valuable information here! Wow!

  • Materialistic Ascetic
    Materialistic Ascetic 9 дней назад

    I am getting addicted to ted talks😳

  • Amazing soap farm yard collection
    Amazing soap farm yard collection 9 дней назад

    one square at a time thank you so much

  • santosh dalai
    santosh dalai 9 дней назад

    I learnt one thing from this speech.never let down him self.always try one day you achieve your goal.

  • santosh dalai
    santosh dalai 9 дней назад

    Indeed very inspiration message to all

  • Rich Rios
    Rich Rios 9 дней назад


  • Tushar Jha
    Tushar Jha 9 дней назад


  • Luciano Lapolli
    Luciano Lapolli 10 дней назад

    Maneiro, Bolsonaro 2018

  • Nitish Lal
    Nitish Lal 10 дней назад

    So, this guy took the limitless pill...

  • Iryn Boateng
    Iryn Boateng 10 дней назад

    I really enjoyed watching this. It is possible to get good results if you are dedicated. In the words of D. A Carson Work hard, play hard but never confuse the two.

  • MrIntercoolers
    MrIntercoolers 10 дней назад

    Thank you!

  • Shaorya Ka
    Shaorya Ka 10 дней назад

    Just wow

  • cjsrnrdptj1009
    cjsrnrdptj1009 10 дней назад

    I truly appreciate this video. I hope more and more people have a chance to watch this precious life lesson. I feel so lucky to live in this generation that I can binge watch all these lesson which we can't put a price on. just put down the phone, just put aside x-box, just stop partying. it has nothing to do with having enough time. it has something to do with making time for our priority. yes sir you definitely inspired me thanks and god bless you.

  • Raj Wali
    Raj Wali 11 дней назад

    amazing dude really a great talk to achieve something

  • Cypeq
    Cypeq 11 дней назад

    I watched this video 5 minutes at the time.

  • Oblivioustotruth
    Oblivioustotruth 11 дней назад

    B.e.s.t T.E.D. T.a.l.k. E.V.E.R.

  • Chung Seng
    Chung Seng 12 дней назад

    my jaw dropped when he mentioned about the german language !

  • Joe Egland
    Joe Egland 12 дней назад

    Loveeeeee It‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️🔥

  • Minh Nguyen
    Minh Nguyen 12 дней назад

    What a boss

  • Michael Jones
    Michael Jones 13 дней назад

    This is like the kaizen methodology

  • Design in 365 days
    Design in 365 days 14 дней назад

    Setting goals gives your life direction, and boosts your motivation and self-confidence. Learn how to set SMART goals and achieve your dreams with the right tool to plan and track your goals.

  • Mr C
    Mr C 14 дней назад

    "World class artist?" Thats got to be a world class mis-noma & blind statement. Surely he means a world class "copier!" Nothing to do with art or artist!!!. Summing up his waffle with one sentance "Small steps Sparks.., small steps."

  • Mario Miranda
    Mario Miranda 14 дней назад

    Sounds like pomodo clock technique but maxing talk really amazed and inspired

  • Scott Smith
    Scott Smith 15 дней назад

    is this supposed to inspire me ?????? all I hear is "I did this, I did that" - not inspiration.

  • Alexandra Bk
    Alexandra Bk 15 дней назад

    Is this even real? lol

  • vikrant samrat
    vikrant samrat 15 дней назад

    Thank you sir

  • Matt Donaldson
    Matt Donaldson 16 дней назад

    Wonderful Ted Talk!!

  • Samyak Parakh
    Samyak Parakh 17 дней назад

    I promise today to make marginal adjustments to my routine.

  • Niranjan Gupta
    Niranjan Gupta 18 дней назад

    This guy is unbelievable!

  • david dang
    david dang 18 дней назад

    Thank you TED... I needed a new direction in my life and found it here

  • Dave Tone
    Dave Tone 18 дней назад

    Organized, devoted and driven

  • Alina Chaves
    Alina Chaves 18 дней назад

    I always come back to this TEDx Talk. One of the best out there!

    • Ammar Ahmed
      Ammar Ahmed 18 дней назад

      Hi Alina, same goes for me. Actually I watch this video at least once in a week to keep myself motivated.

    ATUL MANGLA 18 дней назад

    The problem is that I can't focus even for a nano second

  • zombiecupcakes01
    zombiecupcakes01 19 дней назад

    Best video ever.

  • Bulletproof Diamond WINSTAR
    Bulletproof Diamond WINSTAR 19 дней назад

    I've been struggling with ADHD most of my life when it comes to reading (not performing arts) but wow this man's ADHD is more serious than mine! I can probably focus for 30 mins. I agree with achieving big by starting small.

  • Revati kardak
    Revati kardak 19 дней назад

    Damn Cool Guy

  • Hussain Ahmed
    Hussain Ahmed 20 дней назад

    wow just wow..ultimate working proof of "The Compound Effect", the book I started reading today!!!

    • Ammar Ahmed
      Ammar Ahmed 18 дней назад

      Hello Hussain, is it an e-book? if so pls share it with me.

  • Tom mandela
    Tom mandela 20 дней назад

    Watching only 5 min at a time...this is my second sitting.

  • awgharris
    awgharris 20 дней назад


  • Sury Ram
    Sury Ram 20 дней назад

    This is when you say life well lived ... Great speaker and inspiring

  • Vikram Sinha
    Vikram Sinha 20 дней назад

    Wow !

    TAICU 21 день назад

    I am sitting high in my room and clapping my hands for this man!

    TAICU 21 день назад

    "Jetzt spreche ich ein bisschen Deutsch"

  • Jamie Ooi
    Jamie Ooi 21 день назад

    U r pretty amazing

  • anhtu vole
    anhtu vole 21 день назад

    he truly inspires me. Break it down into small and easy tasks so you couldn't refuse to do it

  • Kevin Lind
    Kevin Lind 21 день назад

    Damn, this guy is cool!

  • andii doode
    andii doode 21 день назад


  • Elie Weiss
    Elie Weiss 21 день назад

    This guy is like Forest Gump

  • Marc Carandang
    Marc Carandang 22 дня назад

    as a very ambitious kid, I feel so motivated, thank you so much!

  • jedgreen
    jedgreen 22 дня назад

    And me struggling to finish my coffee...

  • Nick Chiu
    Nick Chiu 22 дня назад +1

    I watch this every day

    BAYRON CASTILLO 22 дня назад


  • Varsha Suman
    Varsha Suman 23 дня назад


  • Pyagrl*16
    Pyagrl*16 24 дня назад +1

    This actually helps me chill out because I get extremely pissed off and want to give up every time I can't become the perfect teacher (or the perfect whatever I fancy) overnight. That idiotic expectation could be my autism. I do slowly crawl toward my goals every day and gradually make more and more better decisions but I'm just constantly depressed because I'm not there, yet.

  • Naghmeh Najafizadeh
    Naghmeh Najafizadeh 24 дня назад

    ''We are what we repeatedly do. Ecellence then is not an act but a habit.'' - Will Durant

  • abhinav gargmukh
    abhinav gargmukh 24 дня назад


  • Avinash Kumar
    Avinash Kumar 25 дней назад

    This talk made my day

  • Lester Diaz
    Lester Diaz 25 дней назад +17

    This guy is amazing, I have done this and it works like a charm, taking things that sound really hard and breaking them down to simple steps in a consistent basis, using this method I learned to build sites, started 3 businesses and reached my income goal because I did the same repetitive tasks for months and years.

    • Ehetesham Baig
      Ehetesham Baig 20 дней назад

      How many days it all took to you. From when you started to posting this comment or realizing your achievements?

  • Andrew Johnson
    Andrew Johnson 26 дней назад

    Side note: please do NOT "yarn bomb". This practice costs municipalities to clean up and is having a devastating environmental impact. It is not cute, it's irresponsible.

  • Farid Uddin
    Farid Uddin 27 дней назад

    You are amazing.

  • Victor Valderrama
    Victor Valderrama 27 дней назад +1

    This video has inspired me to do the stuff I want to do and that is never too late for the realization of your goals. Thank you so much!

  • UR Studio
    UR Studio 27 дней назад

    This guy is crazy. Love it.

  • OS
    OS 27 дней назад

    Truely amazing.

  • Rigel R
    Rigel R 28 дней назад

    Yeah... one does not play video games 'for a few minutes' haha.

  • Unwise Socrates
    Unwise Socrates 29 дней назад

    I’ll watch this later.

  • Shravan K
    Shravan K 29 дней назад

    I think Novak's example is slightly misleading. Novak already had talent in '04-'05 that's why he was able to make that progress in the first place. That begs the question, what if someone's not talented? How far can they go in the time they have.
    My point is, if I was in Novak's position in 04-05, I couldn't have made that progress with "marginal adjustment".

  • Shravan K
    Shravan K 29 дней назад

    Better than Tony Robbins and all the other nonsense motivational speakers. Stephen should give another talk in TED.