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

  • Published on Mar 6, 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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    Saurabh Tripathi 9 hours ago

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  • david
    david 10 hours ago

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  • iRaskulz
    iRaskulz Day ago

    13:15 - 11:30 - 13:45 LOL

  • jiru piao
    jiru piao Day ago

    Don't people miss those times when they weren't diagnosed ADHD despite having symptoms? Like, these kids weren't really queer. Just different. Differently gifted and still can achieve so much.

  • Jephte C
    Jephte C 2 days ago

    is that butterfly effect?

  • Azza Tamano
    Azza Tamano 2 days ago

    Whoa! Just love it. Very inspiring, I’ve learned a lot. Thanks you for sharing.

  • AnuKeTaN Takhi
    AnuKeTaN Takhi 2 days ago

    A movie must be made on you Sir Stephen Duneier.

  • Rizal Rusdi
    Rizal Rusdi 2 days ago

    WOW..!! if u didn't provide proof (pictures) i wouldn't have believed it.. seems far-fetched but is actually simple when you have clarity on your purpose and apply discipline to it.. sincere thanks for sharing and being an inspiration

  • Mike
    Mike 2 days ago

    What a cool guy, good talk. Cheers mate

  • ricky v
    ricky v 3 days ago +1

    I loved the joke about Gray hair. (:
    His intro was brilliant about starting off with a simple square and building from there. That was brilliant and very powerful. I am glad I watched this and will continue using it as pick me up while at work. (:

  • Ashish@Youtube
    Ashish@Youtube 3 days ago

    True meaning and purpose of life lived and ever told

  • Niggolas Reuß
    Niggolas Reuß 3 days ago +1

    He reminds me of Robert Downey Juniors Tony Stark.

  • Pablo Ortega
    Pablo Ortega 4 days ago

    What an interesting man and method to apply himself. So inspiring.

  • M H
    M H 4 days ago

    11:57 The art of learning by josh waitzkin, I liked his choice👌😉

  • Lam Đinh
    Lam Đinh 4 days ago +1

    This guy is clearly having fun with his life after cracking all his code.

  • Lam Đinh
    Lam Đinh 4 days ago

    Next time you hear someome complain :"Clearly you/he/she doesn't have kids", just send them this.

  • Angeline Joyce Nakano

    Thanks aswesome..I can hhaha

  • Adriana Lodoli
    Adriana Lodoli 6 days ago

    MAAAAAN I struggle to focus on anything for more than 10 minutes..! this was def for me!

    • Adriana Lodoli
      Adriana Lodoli 4 days ago +1

      +Onkar Jagtap funny thing is that i started practicing songs on my keyboard after years of not even touching it. I do have music theory but never went further practicing. And its all about breaking it in small tasks. Like everything in life!

    • Adriana Lodoli
      Adriana Lodoli 4 days ago +1

      +Onkar Jagtap thats what i was asking myself... i asked my psychologist and she said we can gradatively increase the time of the activities. Unless im really reaaally interested in 10 minutos im doing some random thing haha

    • Onkar Jagtap
      Onkar Jagtap 4 days ago +1

      Yo I'm a little confused with the marginal improvement thing, like do I study 5-10 mins and take break and repeat again? Or increase those 5-10 minutes everyday?

  • Drk
    Drk 6 days ago

    I'm on day 3 of doing this method! I'll keep you updated if it helps ❤

  • Airbnb Empire
    Airbnb Empire 6 days ago

    This has got to be one of most favorite videos on all of RU-clip. What a great speech and system for achieving success.

  • Bot Mil
    Bot Mil 6 days ago

    Golden talk

  • Joe Heller
    Joe Heller 7 days ago

    Best TED Talk Ever!!! (and I've watched 000's) ;-) Namaste' Stephen ~

  • manish sharma
    manish sharma 7 days ago

    he is real forrest gump...

  • Atanas Atanasov
    Atanas Atanasov 7 days ago +1

    Watching this while drinking coke and waiting on my pizza to be delivered...

  • Nathan Langlais
    Nathan Langlais 8 days ago

    Quite a "sucess for all" bs

  • Apit John Ismail
    Apit John Ismail 8 days ago

    Wow. Simply wow. Did I said wow ? Oh wow.... excellent content.

  • Rodney Tholanah
    Rodney Tholanah 9 days ago

    one of the best ted talks ever

  • Frank Cadena
    Frank Cadena 9 days ago

    Activation energy!

  • tony chen
    tony chen 9 days ago

    Awesome ted talk! See the forest. Plant the trees.

  • nightcrawlernumber1
    nightcrawlernumber1 9 days ago

    Great we're in tucson so where's tandy?

  • Hyrum Blanchard
    Hyrum Blanchard 9 days ago +1

    *Forrest Gump* wants to know your location

  • Aleksandar Rustemovski

    Brilliant Ted-Talk! Very inspiring, maximal motivating and helpful! Thank you, Sir!

  • talib ridha
    talib ridha 11 days ago

    Best ever ted talk

  • Life is Never the same again

    Just commonsense. The most difficult part is self discipline.

    • Ana Luisa Lima
      Ana Luisa Lima 8 days ago

      Life is Never the same again you didn’t get it then. That is his whole point. You won’t need real self discilpline because the tasks you be very very small. Like, you want to read a whole book. Read 1 paragraph. Everybody can do that.

  • David Galindo
    David Galindo 12 days ago

    As I was watching this ted talk I unistalled my videogames from my PC and I will continue learning french the same way I learned english on my own, doing it every single day. Thanks very motivating ted talk its just what I needed today

  • Ri ya
    Ri ya 12 days ago

    I needed this

  • Edward Cruz
    Edward Cruz 12 days ago

    I feel very conflicted.... I tried learning to become an artist but couldn't draw anything.......then I spent weeks/a few months just imagining myself draw and draw, Everytime a saw something simple I would imagine my self draw it. The I pick up my pencil and's actually a damn DRAWING!!! With perception, value, anatomy, etc. It actually looked smooth and refined like I been doing it for months! Very weird.

  • 10000yrs
    10000yrs 13 days ago

    Run Forrest Run!

  • Kasun Weerakoon
    Kasun Weerakoon 13 days ago

    Damn! that was fascinating

  • Aimie Thomas
    Aimie Thomas 13 days ago

    Wow I love this tedtalks

  • Aayush Regmi
    Aayush Regmi 14 days ago

    you are great man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mukul mishra
    mukul mishra 15 days ago


  • Katinka6413
    Katinka6413 15 days ago

    How innovative... breaking your tasks into small pieces has been around forever... Sorry, not inspired.

  • Alex Blériot
    Alex Blériot 15 days ago +2

    Great talk... Thank you Stephen, all about improving the marginal daily improvement

  • Vladislav Koval
    Vladislav Koval 15 days ago +5

    "I deleted all music from my iPod". no way

  • Cathy Daly
    Cathy Daly 16 days ago

    Worth the listen.

  • Prasanna Welahetti
    Prasanna Welahetti 16 days ago +1

    C- to A+, Marginal adjustment. Excellent.

  • vexillum roman
    vexillum roman 16 days ago

    one thing that i agree with this guy: music is wasting time

  • Noora Nazzal
    Noora Nazzal 17 days ago

    Oh wow I loved this talk it's so inspiring and funny too!

  • AmistadChris
    AmistadChris 17 days ago

    The Slight Edge.

  • Thamil Mozhi
    Thamil Mozhi 17 days ago

    i wanted to learn German. Where can i get those CDS?

  • Everything and Beyond {SM}

    Inspire SEVERAL people?????

    More like 1,00000 people 😃

  • Wakas Patel
    Wakas Patel 18 days ago

    woww one of the best tedtalks ever.

  • jester pew
    jester pew 18 days ago +100

    Followed your advise. Took 3 hrs to watch your video

  • Kata
    Kata 18 days ago

    Go Novak❤️

    BAKKA DAVID 18 days ago

    Wow , it is the diligence in the small things that makes men of valor!

  • Josh King
    Josh King 19 days ago +3

    Should've broken this TED talk into two 10 minute videos.

  • jojo ceaser
    jojo ceaser 19 days ago

    Wow so inspiring.....

  • Konstantin Зайцев

    Could a scientist use this approach or does it only help with intensively useless marginal stuff like German and banking fraud?

  • fernando dedios
    fernando dedios 19 days ago

    Loved it

  • Chkhitoooo
    Chkhitoooo 20 days ago

    I'm gonna start knitting too

  • mouhcine kanzallah
    mouhcine kanzallah 20 days ago


  • Peng Jiang
    Peng Jiang 21 day ago

    BAD example at the beginning leads to zero interests

  • Shreenivas Vaidya
    Shreenivas Vaidya 21 day ago +2

    Marginal adjustments to your routine.
    One of best talks.

  • Shreenivas Vaidya
    Shreenivas Vaidya 21 day ago

    This guy is amazing....

    it’s like eating- one bite at a time.

  • The Rockall Times
    The Rockall Times 22 days ago

    How do you fly a plane if you only have a 5 minute attention span? 🐮 💩

    JAVIER ALANIZ 22 days ago

    With a huge respect! I gotta say that he’s like a modern Forrest Gump. The world needs more people like him.

  • Devyanshu Kumar
    Devyanshu Kumar 22 days ago

    Just love him

  • Joe
    Joe 22 days ago

    Wow!!! What an amazing life he led, and a very inspiring message.

  • Trafiko Bayu Wicaksono

    very inspirational talks, I have experienced this by losing 50 pounds.
    we won't know the magic unless we take the first step.

  • asrar ahmed
    asrar ahmed 22 days ago

    Bit by bit !

  • Sani B
    Sani B 22 days ago

    Now that... Was a real Ted talk

  • Lessons In Life
    Lessons In Life 22 days ago

    You need a flight plan that you file before you begin and that you use to guide you on your journey. You must then have the courage to “take off,” to step out in faith with no guarantees of success. On your journey, you must be prepared to make continual course corrections. And especially, you must resolve in advance that you will keep going until you reach your destination. I read about that from one book ;)

  • DanielGyosu
    DanielGyosu 22 days ago

    "Easily achievable", but I think he means, "accessibly achievable" to every one.

  • Rick Harold
    Rick Harold 23 days ago

    Awesome ! Break it down. Small steps.

  • Aman Jain
    Aman Jain 23 days ago

    Devotion and better decisions as less as 3%.

  • Marcus Rashford
    Marcus Rashford 23 days ago

    The best ted talk ever for me! 3/28/2019 Wednesday. I'm going to turn my life around as well.

  • David Summer
    David Summer 23 days ago +2

    How to get away from your family. 33 trails. One weekend at a time. LoL

  • Dávid Roman
    Dávid Roman 24 days ago

    This guy is me if i did good decisions.

  • Mathu
    Mathu 24 days ago

    4:55 , 7:25 , 12:00 , 16:30 , 16:55

  • Stephen Dunker
    Stephen Dunker 24 days ago +1

    this was actually an amazing speech

  • Joseph Yoyo
    Joseph Yoyo 25 days ago +7

    Wtf! This man is the real life version of “The Most Interesting Man In The World”!!!$

  • TGP Gaming
    TGP Gaming 25 days ago

    Gotta say one thing though. For someone that has been listening to 90 german lessons CDs and folling a crash course in germany itself, that one part that he talks german is prenounced wrong XD lmao. Sorry man but that was horrible german lmao xD 08:20

  • Marco Hinojosa
    Marco Hinojosa 25 days ago +5

    One of the best tedtalks I've ever watched. Shout out to Mr. Stephen Duneier!

  • Mr. No B.S.
    Mr. No B.S. 26 days ago +1

    What an inspiration, living legend. I salute you sir for all your accomplishments, showing us how to achieve and at the same time remaining humble, helpful and grounded. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Pratibha Karma
    Pratibha Karma 26 days ago

    Wow its just blow my mind.......great talk

  • WooDog Recordings
    WooDog Recordings 27 days ago

    this is the good stuff !

  • Sam Dai
    Sam Dai 27 days ago

    this is so inspirational

  • Awaken The Greatness Within

    Great thanks 😃😎
    Small daily success decisions

  • Jerry Guillaume
    Jerry Guillaume 27 days ago

    The best Ted Talk I have ever watched.🙌🏾

  • Mohit Kumar
    Mohit Kumar 28 days ago

    Really inspiring sr..

  • MrPelikan500
    MrPelikan500 28 days ago +1

    Wow. wasn't expecting that ! Awesome ...:-) extraordinarily ordinary person ! ! !

  • Michael Mer
    Michael Mer 29 days ago

    You’re inspiring me I need desperately to fix my business. I’m going to try one step at a time thank you for what I’m hoping will be valuable information.

  • Victor
    Victor 29 days ago

    This is really inspiring! Thx

  • Malik Umar
    Malik Umar 29 days ago

    This video
    Should necer have finished

  • Tosif Aliyev
    Tosif Aliyev 29 days ago +5

    I started watching only one video, and now I am on my 100th one :)

  • Dane B.
    Dane B. Month ago

    Giving resolutions, learning resolutions

  • c fintel
    c fintel Month ago