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

Комментарии • 710

  • Sarvesh Bandhu
    Sarvesh Bandhu 2 часа назад

    Simply the best. Thanks for such a great knowledge.

  • arun nr
    arun nr 13 часов назад

    I'm still that C - student :) !
    Instills hope and confidence!

  • Ajinkya Jagtap
    Ajinkya Jagtap День назад

    When he says....I got even more ambitious...I got even more nervous.

  • spikeitfool1
    spikeitfool1 День назад

    This is one of the only TTs I have ever loved because it is both inspiring and at least seemingly doable, at least on a certain scale.

  • George Thompson
    George Thompson День назад

    My life long dream has been to not have a dream.

  • Tanner Hewison
    Tanner Hewison День назад

    Incredible, truly life changing video!

  • ASTHTX fitness
    ASTHTX fitness 3 дня назад


  • Généreux ALAHASSA
    Généreux ALAHASSA 4 дня назад

    It was really interesting tedx talk. He is really amazing. He achives so many things in his little life. Few people can't do that. I'm also a very undisciplined guy and recently the same idea comes in my mind. Break down every decision in little tasks that I could achieve with little focus and it works. It really works. I hope one day I could achieve so many projects and live my life at it fulness

  • Iven Tu
    Iven Tu 4 дня назад

    Fantastic speech

  • Belial
    Belial 4 дня назад +1

    By the end of it, I expected him to do something useful. But he went from Learning German to more and more useless stuff.
    The type of people that want to do everything but never do anything well. How can someone start something and have a community on it, and still hate it? He should have used that yarning time on something else

    • Bruno Cardozo
      Bruno Cardozo 3 дня назад

      Look at the talk title, the goal is to do, not what to do

  • Ashish Yadav
    Ashish Yadav 4 дня назад

    What does he mean by decision success rate? How could someone calculate it?

  • Loki Z
    Loki Z 4 дня назад

    Nothing new but this is good to hear real life experience from someone who has accomplished much in his life. Dont waste your life

  • Navneel Maji
    Navneel Maji 4 дня назад +2

    This guy is brilliant.

  • John Laurio
    John Laurio 4 дня назад

    One of the paramount TEDtalks I've ever seen. Incredibly captivating. Just a simple marginal adjustment will ups the odds of success in your favor. Great talk!

  • Patricia Lim
    Patricia Lim 5 дней назад

    Haha knitting. But overall this talk is one of the best ones out there.

  • Hải Nguyễn Thanh Phước
    Hải Nguyễn Thanh Phước 6 дней назад

    It sounds like inspiring the rest of my exhausted body when i get stucked now. How come he can do such amazing things in his life?

  • Zyzz
    Zyzz 8 дней назад

    Just amazing!

  • Mohamed Hajji
    Mohamed Hajji 8 дней назад

    What does his blood have to do with UK??🤔

  • Czarmaine Masigla
    Czarmaine Masigla 8 дней назад

    This talk deserves million views! No BS and pure inspiration. Kudos!

  • sumit ka shot
    sumit ka shot 8 дней назад

    Greatest talk ever on reality

  • LordAugastus
    LordAugastus 9 дней назад

    I am inspired. Been struggling with depression and emotional instability, finally getting out of that space and realising my life is devoid of direction and meaning and purpose and the weight of all the personal issues and social issues and now career and life direction or lack thereof is the mountain weighing me down. Bounced in and out of depression for a long time. Finally last week did what the talk is all about, just went screw it and went out every night. Made plans to go out and did it, met few people talked was social. didnt do anything this weekend but hey, steps. So just starting, having self policing and understanding to put it down and move forward. Be proactive is very hard. But its doable.

  • Madhumitha Ramkumar
    Madhumitha Ramkumar 9 дней назад

    This guy is crazy, I love him!!

  • Virendra Singh Bais
    Virendra Singh Bais 9 дней назад


  • VidyaSimran
    VidyaSimran 10 дней назад

    Awesome 👏👏👏

  • maikor3
    maikor3 11 дней назад

    Wow this blew me away! he is soo inspirational :D

  • Pierre Devon
    Pierre Devon 11 дней назад

    He is the most interesting man in the world!

  • Medical Cannabis Spain
    Medical Cannabis Spain 11 дней назад

    As Team Sky would call it, "marginal gains". Thats been the philosophy there for years

  • MK
    MK 11 дней назад

    Looooove this!

  • mega mind
    mega mind 11 дней назад

    The closing was amazing,thank you..

  • Fine Jakata
    Fine Jakata 11 дней назад

    One of the best talks i've ever listened to... Thanks for sharing

  • Bengun67
    Bengun67 12 дней назад

    Food Forest, anybody ?!?

  • Karen Angella Brown
    Karen Angella Brown 12 дней назад

    Great talk. I've been putting the one tiny step at a time thing into practice for the last 6 months and it's helping me to write my PhD. But I have to say, that yarn bombing thing sounds like a waste of time. Only someone who has a lot of resources and time on their hands would find time to do this. Who is it helping?

  • ajinkya magar
    ajinkya magar 12 дней назад

    Keep up the good work Sir.

  • Breanna T
    Breanna T 12 дней назад

    I really needed this. I've been feeling stressed everyday because of the amount of heavy assignments that are required by my university courses and the pressure of doing well in order to get into the post graduate I want and the career I dream of. Over all of this I never thought to slow down and really take things one step at a time, and because of that I was wasting half of my time stressing about the whole instead of focussing on the 'grey squares'. This ted talk has really opened my eyes. I feel now that I really do have the ability to do what I want to do. Thank you.

  •  12 дней назад

    Very insightful! Loved it

  • Tom Thomas
    Tom Thomas 12 дней назад

    Beautiful.... Absolutely beautiful

  • Charismatic
    Charismatic 13 дней назад

    Become an active participant of yourm.
    Break down big goals into smaller, manageable tasks and improve them. Make marginal adjustments and routines.

  • Lydia Caterino
    Lydia Caterino 13 дней назад

    A great talk!

  • Anand Krishnan
    Anand Krishnan 14 дней назад

    Thank You!!!

  • ChromeZone
    ChromeZone 15 дней назад

    Best Ted talk ever man

  • Hello There
    Hello There 15 дней назад

    Some things require money and opportunity also, not just a mindset.

  • Hello There
    Hello There 15 дней назад

    Only one person can be best in the world at a sport. Only a few people can be on the deans list. I'm pessimistic.

  • Sage k
    Sage k 15 дней назад

    He is a crazier, older, male version of my dream self😃

  • Pakistan School Muscat
    Pakistan School Muscat 16 дней назад

    Truly inspirational

  • nitesh dewan
    nitesh dewan 16 дней назад

    one of the most moving ted talks ever

  • Jen Rich
    Jen Rich 17 дней назад

    Brilliant. Mindfulness being "on task" by breaking it down to 5min chunks.
    And the magic happens when then adding increments of "marginal adjustment" improvement
    Choose mini goals by settling down and applying yourself.
    On task off task 5-10 mins. Apply reward. Apply reward. Apply reward.

  • Erona Fouladi
    Erona Fouladi 17 дней назад

    thank you!

  • Mahin Chowdhury
    Mahin Chowdhury 18 дней назад

    To me, it's a life-changing talk..just loved this one.

  • redMonkey
    redMonkey 19 дней назад

    Omg Why there was an Android on the stage?? He cannot be a human!!!
    This was an amazing speech. Just inspired me to go back to the things I quit :)

  • Kobi Lankry
    Kobi Lankry 19 дней назад


  • ChakiraNayNay Morris
    ChakiraNayNay Morris 20 дней назад

    This sounds like the book ‘the one thing’

  • evagreen kriti
    evagreen kriti 20 дней назад

    hatsoff 💕💕

  • archa joe
    archa joe 21 день назад

    Best Ted talk ever

  • Chi Chu
    Chi Chu 23 дня назад

    Determination and persistence that his hold ideas.I guess.

  • Daniel Swearson
    Daniel Swearson 23 дня назад


  • Kari O
    Kari O 23 дня назад

    Genius 🤓

  • Kristin McCollum
    Kristin McCollum 24 дня назад

    Such an inspiring man. I follow him on Instagram and have contributed to his yarn bombs...

  • Akumu Fiona
    Akumu Fiona 24 дня назад

    I absolutely love this talk!!

  • Ilyas Mahmudov
    Ilyas Mahmudov 24 дня назад

    Красаааавчик просто

  • Onte a
    Onte a 25 дней назад

    How to be motivated??

  • April Hill
    April Hill 25 дней назад

    What a brilliant talk, and he's also the brilliant peple

  • Filangee1234
    Filangee1234 26 дней назад

    Thank you for this inspiring talk! :)

  • William Melvin
    William Melvin 26 дней назад

    I really liked this Talk !

  • LOADING...
    LOADING... 27 дней назад

    I love this talk so much that I watch it twice.

  • Dee Nambiar
    Dee Nambiar 27 дней назад

    Love you man! I have hated myself so many times for not being able to focus! I have hope 💜

  • Fathiya Karama
    Fathiya Karama 27 дней назад

    Nice speech. Great idea.

  • Maria Beatrice Giovanardi
    Maria Beatrice Giovanardi 27 дней назад

    God so much bragging

  • Divya Murugesan
    Divya Murugesan 27 дней назад

    Much useful and inspirational talk .. TY TED Talk .. :) :)

  • Jathin Jacob
    Jathin Jacob 28 дней назад

    Simply awesome! One the best Ted Talks i've come across till now!

  • Marx Gedeon
    Marx Gedeon 29 дней назад

    Great talk , for some reason he reminds me of Robin William

  • Myfilteredview
    Myfilteredview 29 дней назад

    So inspiring thank you

  • harpothehealer
    harpothehealer 29 дней назад +1

    hmm interesting , look up Count Arthur Strong's radio show on RU-clip 'The MOTIVATONAL Speech'

  • Steven Sethi
    Steven Sethi 29 дней назад

    This is brilliant. Genius in simplicity

  • Esah Bannister
    Esah Bannister 29 дней назад

    Awe inspiring! Honestly changed the way I see the world.

  • Lil Fix
    Lil Fix Месяц назад

    I like this beautiful soul and his amazing journey of life!

  • Z Mendoza
    Z Mendoza Месяц назад

    wow I love this one

  • Naveen Kumar
    Naveen Kumar Месяц назад

    Wow amazing!!!! One of the best tedtalk I have ever watchd!!! Applying it in my life... Just amazing!!!

  • Sy Tk
    Sy Tk Месяц назад

    Truly amazing!

  • Anand Ramanathan
    Anand Ramanathan Месяц назад

    Great one. Thank you very much.

  • Asif Hussain
    Asif Hussain Месяц назад

    If u follow what he did it will change ur life amazing..and these r really simple

  • subhash magar
    subhash magar Месяц назад

    Hats off to your passion..

  • kidXS
    kidXS Месяц назад +4

    How do we forget something as simple as this on the daily? :)

  • Satnam Singh
    Satnam Singh Месяц назад

    Thank you for inspiring us Stephen Duneier !

  • gurleen kaur
    gurleen kaur Месяц назад

    Very inspirational person and a very inspirational speech.

  • asser alarousi
    asser alarousi Месяц назад

    Awesome !

  • Matimba Ambitious Man
    Matimba Ambitious Man Месяц назад

    This is brilliant! Thank you. "Break down your ambitious goals into more manageable decisions." Love it

  • Rol M
    Rol M Месяц назад

    Easy to talk when you have plenty of money first from trading to do other things

  • wiseguy4125
    wiseguy4125 Месяц назад


  • Alejandro Torres Frías
    Alejandro Torres Frías Месяц назад

    I’ve watched hundreds of Ted Talks over the last 15 years or so and this is definitely one of my TOP FIVE!!

  • Rainbow Lion
    Rainbow Lion Месяц назад

    One of the most mind blowing and applicable speechesive ever heard in my entire life.

  • Mojgan Shad
    Mojgan Shad Месяц назад

    Loved it🌺💖😊

  • kevin p
    kevin p Месяц назад

    Thanks for sharing. "Marginal Adjustment". I will be competing against a success rate of 0.1%.

  • Saniya Malik
    Saniya Malik Месяц назад

    I have same problm ...mental restlessness... and I believe that it will also work upon me.

  • Eustace
    Eustace Месяц назад

    Definitely not a clickbait title.

  • Erik Hu
    Erik Hu Месяц назад

    This is phenomenal.

  • Inda Noor
    Inda Noor Месяц назад

    Your amazing!!!

  • Aatul Palandurkar
    Aatul Palandurkar Месяц назад

    Nice! I am working on a book on Goal Setting, will be published soon

  • Abdulmuti Asiri
    Abdulmuti Asiri Месяц назад


  • Rajat Verma
    Rajat Verma Месяц назад

    One of the best loved it 😊

  • Ashish Yadav
    Ashish Yadav Месяц назад

    This is so inspiring because the person achieved his goals after considering that he won't change all of sudden one day from a C student who couldn't concentrate to an A student who could concentrate. After accepting this reality that overnight wonders wont happen, he began to change slowly. One step at a time. I think the small steps that he took made a difference in his life. This is something we all need to do. Accept who we are completely and not lie to ourselves that some spider will bite us and change of our life fir good.