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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  • Susana Moncada
    Susana Moncada 17 часов назад

    Truly inspirational!!

  • Burtonracingboard6
    Burtonracingboard6 День назад

    Brag about it

  • Ashley Awbrey
    Ashley Awbrey 2 дня назад

    ENTJ’s raise your hand 🖐

  • Ahmad Abugosh
    Ahmad Abugosh 2 дня назад

    It’s unfortunate that RU-clip allows only 1 like per Video....1000 likes for this specific one

  • Alejandr017able
    Alejandr017able 2 дня назад

    the journey to a thousand miles begins with one step or in his case a word or stitch at a time done consistently for a period of time. This is powerful and pragmatic wisdom. It's amazing what a person with average abilities could produce or become by applying such a simple strategy. Especially in Stephen situation with a short attention span

  • にゃあエイリアンMeowAlien
    にゃあエイリアンMeowAlien 2 дня назад +3

    This actually inspire me to write a book

    I have always enjoyed reading a book but I would never thought of writing one, I have a hard time writing short stories for school assignment and reaching the 500 words mark so I thought it would be impossible but then I look at my favourite books, it took a year or more for the author to write them, not a day, or a week so I started to write in my spare time few weeks ago and now I have written around 15 thousands words and counting
    Who knows maybe one day I could publish one lol

    • MMGI 11
      MMGI 11 День назад

      That’s great!!

  • Le Sarah
    Le Sarah 3 дня назад

    I am german and was kinda proud that he chose my language

  • Ten Minute Tokyo 2
    Ten Minute Tokyo 2 3 дня назад

    You're doing it wrong. All success rests on physical fitness. Period.

  • Charles Wolliston
    Charles Wolliston 3 дня назад

    This Ted talk was incredible definitely motivated me, it makes me want to think of really pursuing my dreams, it’s going allow me to actually conquer any Obstacles that actually come my way.

  • Pam Gabay
    Pam Gabay 3 дня назад

    OMG! I Needed this! Thanks!

  • Sakshi Joshi
    Sakshi Joshi 4 дня назад

    Wow! Loved that talk. Such a Great Man he is!!! :-)

  • Rahul s
    Rahul s 5 дней назад

    The talk made me to squeeze my brain towards new Ambition!!! Thanks Stephen Duneier. Hoping to see you again with a new motivation talk. :-)

  • H. Anthony Ribadeneira
    H. Anthony Ribadeneira 6 дней назад +1

    I don’t know how this video ends because I walked away from RU-clip at minute 11:20

  • Victor Gaytan
    Victor Gaytan 6 дней назад

    So inspiring, thank you.

  • Devi M
    Devi M 6 дней назад


  • Next Level Mindset
    Next Level Mindset 6 дней назад

    Breaking things down to its most simplest form... I love it! To be able to do a BIG thing, one little thing at a time. Simple!

  • MHaroon5
    MHaroon5 6 дней назад

    Brilliantly simple

  • LEOvsMAO
    LEOvsMAO 7 дней назад

    Where he takes time and money to do all these things? I need to be unemployed to have time for all this or reptiloid. Also, it's a great guy and example of success, but about his decisions, hmm I don't thing that learning German better than spend 3 years with music, to do all this decision you need to sacrifice too. In 13:00 he speak "I was trying to do something to make myself feel good", and he do all kind of staff trying to feel good. I may be completely wrong, but I am assuming that in a chase for "right" decision he lost ability to just relax and chill, forged about troubles in a moment. I mean it needs to be a balance between "right" decisions and relaxing for yourself.

  • Sol Usman
    Sol Usman 7 дней назад

    Now how can I apply this to get rid of a bad habit?

  • cali ghost productions
    cali ghost productions 7 дней назад

    How to draw the brad pitt: draw a big cube and shade it in, erase everything that doesn't look like brad pitt.

  • Johnny Boy
    Johnny Boy 7 дней назад

    This one is cool.

  • O B
    O B 7 дней назад

    very very inspiring!

  • Aos DS
    Aos DS 8 дней назад

    The best talk ever

  • Depression Talks With Immanuel
    Depression Talks With Immanuel 8 дней назад +1

    This is the most talented man in the world! Jeez!

  • Kenneth C.Y.
    Kenneth C.Y. 8 дней назад

    Love the Djokovic example, compared to Nadal and Federer he actually didn't stand a chance at being number, he lacked the skills that Federer and Nadal has. Federer has the best serve, Nadal has the best defense, but Djokovic mental toughness made him one of the greatest ever.

  • Remi Sonier
    Remi Sonier 8 дней назад

    Love it. Very inspiring!

  • Dexter
    Dexter 8 дней назад

    Not sure if this midlife crisis or if it’s awesome and inspiring 🤔🤔

  • Reuel Ben Seijo
    Reuel Ben Seijo 8 дней назад

    Egg surprise

  • lovely A
    lovely A 9 дней назад

    There is a saying that goes "If you dont walk today, you must run tomorrow" and its very true. Break your goals into steps, 5 min or 10 min steps everyday, and before you know it you will have traveled all that distance.

  • Lucia Malipungi
    Lucia Malipungi 9 дней назад

    This guy lives his life to the fullest. If he can, means we can too.. let's do it!

  • Daysha Thornton
    Daysha Thornton 9 дней назад

    Wow that was fuckin great! Take away's marginal adjustments and active participant.

  • Obinna Chukwu
    Obinna Chukwu 10 дней назад

    This man is truly amazing

  • Sohail Abbas
    Sohail Abbas 10 дней назад

    Brilliant .thanks sir

  • Sebastiaan
    Sebastiaan 10 дней назад

    best ted talk ever

  • KaLema_Of_YH
    KaLema_Of_YH 10 дней назад


  • Kadiatou Bah
    Kadiatou Bah 11 дней назад

    Wow. He is an over achiever. Really great talk

  • AJ's TAROT Coaching
    AJ's TAROT Coaching 11 дней назад

    Fab !

  • Mindful - Grateful - Joyful
    Mindful - Grateful - Joyful 11 дней назад +1

    Wow... just wow 😮 How many things we can achieve when we start looking at them from a different angle. And actually start doing them, of course 😀 Amazing speech!

  • Đại Dương Trần
    Đại Dương Trần 11 дней назад

    I am more than thankful for your extremely inspiring talk. Small tip but great lesson

  • paul salang
    paul salang 11 дней назад

    Idol!!! Thank you for the inspiration 👍👍👍Hope to meet you someday soon👍👍👍

  • Rod D
    Rod D 11 дней назад

    Liked x1000. Thank you!

  • Életem morzsái blog
    Életem morzsái blog 12 дней назад

    Great talk!

  • Prince Ekeson
    Prince Ekeson 12 дней назад

    This sounds like Kaizen by Dr. Maurer and is exactly how I try to live my life. Beautiful concept.

    DA MAN RC 12 дней назад

    Man loved this talk. Amazing!!! Truly worth sharing!!

  • Rivera's Beach House
    Rivera's Beach House 12 дней назад

    Great TEDx, thank you!

  • golden boy YT
    golden boy YT 12 дней назад +1

    Am i the only 12 year old here??

  • Rationalist Faith
    Rationalist Faith 13 дней назад

    Humility leads to epic achievements!

  • Kimberly Gabriel
    Kimberly Gabriel 13 дней назад

    Ted with the ladies seem to be normal

  • Elizabeth Müller
    Elizabeth Müller 13 дней назад +2

    Thank you so very much 😊 One of the best Ted Talks ever! Hammer!

  • Khairi Darweesh
    Khairi Darweesh 13 дней назад

    Amazing strategy !

  • Sarah Zulfa Khairunnisa
    Sarah Zulfa Khairunnisa 13 дней назад

    Thanks 🤓

  • Sarah Zulfa Khairunnisa
    Sarah Zulfa Khairunnisa 13 дней назад

    What I need exactly

  • Mike Dickson
    Mike Dickson 13 дней назад

    TEDx: “How to Brag for 17 Minutes Straight”

  • Margo O' Mahony
    Margo O' Mahony 14 дней назад

    one of the best Ted's Ive seen. Nice work and thanks for inspiring!

  • Kristoffer S. Andersson
    Kristoffer S. Andersson 14 дней назад

    I prefer examples from the speakers professional and real life, instead of knitting and other stuff. Like what made this person so great in his field...

    • Kristoffer S. Andersson
      Kristoffer S. Andersson 7 дней назад


    • MetteC5
      MetteC5 7 дней назад

      +Kristoffer S. Andersson I've just been trying to help you grasp the aim of the talk, visibly in vain. Good luck in life.

    • Kristoffer S. Andersson
      Kristoffer S. Andersson 7 дней назад

      +MetteC5 Give it a try? You don't know me, you can't tell me what I should do. "The vast majority of people understood that and were able to do that", I understand that you disagree with me, I don't say that this person is saying anything wrong or that I don't understand what he is saying, I wrote I would prefer examples that made this person great in his "field" rather than knitting (meaning professional field, because that is what I associate with "How to Achieve Your Most Ambitious Goals" (I think many would agree about that as being the most ambitious goal, equal with relationships, health, i.e.)). Like more details about how he became "a professor and a business leader", as the description tells us, because that is what is interesting for me. It's something I wish for.

    • MetteC5
      MetteC5 7 дней назад

      +Kristoffer S. Andersson Yup, and that's exactly what he gave you: methodology, illustrated with examples - trusting the listener to be able to transfer that to his/her particular field. According to the comments here, the vast majority of people understood that and were able to do that. I'm sure that you can too: give it a try.

    • Kristoffer S. Andersson
      Kristoffer S. Andersson 7 дней назад

      +MetteC5I'm a fan of examples, things are usually easier to grasp with examples

  • Nchang najeh
    Nchang najeh 14 дней назад

    Wow!!! What an inspiration, one if not the best inspiring ted talk ive heard so far!

  • Ethan Evans
    Ethan Evans 14 дней назад

    I'm currently living in Germany and doing my best to learn German. I have a lot of idle time on the train and I am curious, does anyone know where I can download the German audio files he talks about? Thanks!

    • jamotide
      jamotide 5 дней назад

      He mentions the name, it is called Pimsleur language learning programme, it is not free. It consists of conversations.

  • Leo
    Leo 14 дней назад

    This guy is real life Forrest Gump

  • Christian Duarte
    Christian Duarte 14 дней назад

    What if you take the time and work on all the little steps to reach your goal, for years, and still seem far from achieving your goal? Ambition is still there but how do continue with the steps if they show no progress.

  • Hafsa Khan
    Hafsa Khan 15 дней назад


  • Carol Cullen
    Carol Cullen 15 дней назад

    Wow wonderful. Where do you find the time? Do you work? Well amyway this is somethong i could apply ro my work and my life. Thanks!.

  • Robert Sleight
    Robert Sleight 15 дней назад

    Thank you this is so me, I get distracted so easily. Going to try your method and break things down.

  • bathri wellson
    bathri wellson 16 дней назад +7

    Wow I'm from Somalia but I get much steps that prove your skills and dreams

  • arif ahmed
    arif ahmed 16 дней назад

    How to replicate his results? cant make this happen !!

  • Alla Soiko
    Alla Soiko 16 дней назад

    Ana atakallam arabiya wo shui zhongwen i speak english je parles francais я говорю па русский yo hablo espanol

  • Debayan Pal
    Debayan Pal 17 дней назад

    wait if can't focus for long time then how did you finished your exams

  • Boris Simic
    Boris Simic 17 дней назад

    I come back to this every once in a while. Absolutely mind-changing!

  • FundaMENTAL
    FundaMENTAL 17 дней назад

    I love how everyone feels the need to say "I love this, and here's my two cents." How about instead of leaving comments with your "twist" or "advice," you go do something like the man says. Which I am off to do right now. ffs.

  • soulstice99
    soulstice99 17 дней назад

    It is with great sadness that we inform you Stephen suffered a severe stroke in March.

  • Nisha S
    Nisha S 18 дней назад

    Wow u motivated me... Thnx a million

  • Evan Siemasz
    Evan Siemasz 18 дней назад

    Shoutout to Novak my favorite player

  • Artemone1000
    Artemone1000 18 дней назад

    This video is amazing! The technique he used (when deleted all the music from his Ipad) is called "to burn all bridges". It's very powerful away to break some bad habits))

  • Vito Longo
    Vito Longo 18 дней назад

    Does anyone know how he is doing/recovering? There is not much info online.

  • Josefina To
    Josefina To 18 дней назад

    Thanks! This was brilliant! Upshot: be honest about what you can do and baby step your way to where you want to go. Sounds good!

  • gliscattidibarbara
    gliscattidibarbara 19 дней назад

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️it . Thankssss

  • alaa shhab
    alaa shhab 19 дней назад

    ofcours you inspired me brother
    thank you so much for this valuable tedtalk it is really magnificent and fabulous its really marvel

  • Bint al-ajaweed
    Bint al-ajaweed 19 дней назад

    WOW. what a massive dose of inspiration!😍
    the unstoppable PASSION for success. Most of people underestimate their abilities and they have no clue what they are capable of!
    confidence and commitment are the keys.

  • Green Ghouls
    Green Ghouls 19 дней назад

    dude brags for 17 minutes

  • Just Living The Dream
    Just Living The Dream 19 дней назад

    This is fantastic, and I really did smile with the reference to Searching for Bobby Fisher!!! :) almost certain he used a similar strategy! Great presentation, Thank You

  • gbessone
    gbessone 19 дней назад

    Reminds me of Forest Gump somehow

  • Raylene Gonzalez
    Raylene Gonzalez 20 дней назад

    Excellent !

  • Max Tan
    Max Tan 20 дней назад

    still dont get it. What kind of marginal improvements can I do to my routines? I want to build websites, so I should learn 1 line of code every 5 mins and take a break?

  • Sneha Bhatt
    Sneha Bhatt 21 день назад

    Awesome, very inspiring, makes me want to take action, and move step by step towards my dream

  • albert lee
    albert lee 21 день назад

    i'm impressed. most valuable ted talk ever!!

  • MegaMark0000
    MegaMark0000 21 день назад

    so... micro goals? Obviously thats how you do anything. You want to get in shape? You dont "go to the gym a whole bunch" You do one exercise, one set one rep at a time.

  • Little Fawn Loves
    Little Fawn Loves 21 день назад

    I love this so much!!!! Thank you Ted Talks and especially thank you Steven so much for sharing with us all!! I've forwarded links to all my sons and I'm excited for all we can accomplish! It is possible!! Thank you for showing us how!!!!

  • Ahmad Rom
    Ahmad Rom 22 дня назад

    Hi, Future Mapping by Masanori Kanda as I've copied and pasted below helps one to achieve goals to completion by using the power of altruism. It's an innovative new method

  • Ahmad Rom
    Ahmad Rom 22 дня назад

    Future Mapping Steps .Step 1: Prepare 1) Draw a 6-part matrix and a title box. 2) Identify a goal or task, and write it in the upper left corner of the page. Cover it with a sticky note or fold the corner over so it is not visible. 3) Determine the time line for completing the goal or task along the bottom of the chart. 4) Select one specific person you want to make 120 percent happy, and draw a smiley face in the top right corner of the chart. (This could be a real person, fictional character, animal, geological feature, material object, bodily organ, or disease.) Write down the name of the person or what you have chosen. Step 2: Future 1) Imagine the perfectly fulfilled happy future with as many senses as you can. Describe it in as much detail as you can along the right side of the chart. What does the happy person say to you? “Thank you. I am so happy because…” What is the situation? What time is it? Where are they? What are they wearing? Has anything unexpected or unusual happened? What else? 2) Imagine receiving a gift from the 120 percent happy person. Describe the package in detail. Open the gift and describe it in detail. Draw a picture of the package and of the gift at the bottom right corner. Step 3: Present 1) Draw a neutral face that represents the present situation of the person, or whatever you have chosen to make happy, at the lower left corner of the chart. 2) Describe how the person is not happy or fulfilled now. How do they express their feelings and emotions? What words do they use? Step 4: Story 1) Using your nondominant hand, draw a wavy line from the future to the present. 2) Study the wavy line. Below it, draw arrows at 5 or 6 points that catch your attention. Number them in order of importance, starting with 1. 3) Use your imagination to describe one- or twoword exclamations your person says at each point, such as “Wow,” “Yeah,” or “Oh no!” Begin with number 1. 4) Describe what has happened at each arrow point in as much detail as you can, using words, phrases, or sentences to create a wild story below the wavy line. Start with your most interesting point. 5) Connect the dots. Finish telling the story as it moves from the lower left present part of the chart to the upper right future fulfilled state. Fill in the details until the storyline flows smoothly. How does this person become 120 percent happy? 6) Summarize the story with a subtheme for each of the three phases or acts of the story. Write these subtitles below the title box, at the top of each of the three columns on the chart. Step 5: Action 1) Circle key words and phrases in the story that catch your attention, focusing first on those that most interest you. 2) Uncover your statement of task or goal. Review it as a question to the higher intelligence of your nonconscious mind as to how you can accomplish your task. 3) Interpret and associate the keywords from the story below the wavy line with actions you can take toward accomplishing your task or goal. Consider the subtitles and the actions they suggest. 4) Write a three-part action plan above the wavy line to coincide with your time line. Step 6: Ignition 1) Review the gift as a metaphor of the action scenario. What does it suggest to you? 2) Determine a title that captures the essence of the action and entire storyline. If this were a blockbuster movie, what would you title it? Write the title at the top of the chart. 3) Identify a “baby step,” a super small step you can take toward accomplishing your task or goal. Write it below your task, and declare when you will take it.

  • Ahmad Rom
    Ahmad Rom 22 дня назад

    Future Mapping Steps for Daily Chart 1) Draw a 6-part matrix and title box. 2) Write your No. 1 priority task in the upper left corner of paper. 3) Write the day’s time line at bottom of chart. 4) Draw a smiley face for the person you choose to make happy, and write their name. 5) Describe what this person says upon becoming 120 percent happy. 6) Imagine and draw a gift you receive from this person. 7) Using your nondominant hand, draw a wavy line from end of the day at the top right corner to beginning of the day at the lower left corner. 😎 Draw arrows at 5 or 6 interesting points that catch your attention. 9) Write in appointments, meetings, and other scheduled activities from your to-do list above the wavy line at their designated times. 10) Look at the arrows. Imagine what the energy of the wavy line at those points is telling you, and write your insights below the line. 11) Circle interesting keywords below the wavy line. Consider how to best use the energy of the line to prepare for and benefit most from scheduled activities as well as your free time. 12) Write your action plan for the morning, afternoon, and evening in the three segments above the wavy line. 13) Review your gift for additional insights about your day, and title your chart. 14) Identify a baby step you can take to kick-start your day.

  • Ramesh Ramakrishnan Iyer
    Ramesh Ramakrishnan Iyer 23 дня назад

    unbelievable and incredible - amazing...stephen you are a true inspiration - keep going - whatever is next - and i wish you all the best...i love the way you have crunched each goal and drilled them down to small steps -and made that your mission - one of the best TED talks ever. No doubt.

  • Farhana Fathima
    Farhana Fathima 24 дня назад +4

    I ❤❤❤❤❤ this human

    • mr nothing
      mr nothing 20 дней назад

      Farhana Fathima hey
      How do you put emoticons in youtube message? That looks cool

  • Marlena Martin
    Marlena Martin 24 дня назад

    I was just listening to this in the car and was amazed, he needs a book out. This is one of the best Ted talks I've ever seen!

  • Free Or Discounted
    Free Or Discounted 24 дня назад


  • Google User
    Google User 24 дня назад +17

    I don't care what ANYone says.....this guy is NOT "that C-MINUS student"!! More like freakin' SUPER HUMAN "Discipline Man".

  • Thomas Ditsas
    Thomas Ditsas 24 дня назад +2

    Am I the only one who find the things said and done silly? The personality seems at least not interesting... maybe the problem for me is an early marriage. And I don't mean that there is no truth behind the methods described. There is. But it sooo basic and unattractive. Seems like things that should be obvious to a twelve years old are "enlightment" in a 20 year old person, who approaches life with little gut and spirit, just like spreading activity around to resolve the problem of boredom that comes with wealth. Maybe for an american it's ok, but come on! Why messing with maybe the best time of one's life: just walking. Personalities like the speaker will really benefit by convincing one selves to relax for a while without doing anything at all.

  • vivek mishra
    vivek mishra 25 дней назад

    Really superb talk till now!

  • Anthony Rodrigues
    Anthony Rodrigues 25 дней назад

    Thanks you for sharing.

  • Oscar Mendoza
    Oscar Mendoza 26 дней назад

    This is really inspiring!

  • Sport Sport
    Sport Sport 26 дней назад

    Most valuable ted talk

  • Sport Sport
    Sport Sport 26 дней назад

    You don't go out and build a wall you said I am gona lei this brick as perfectly as brick could be lei and you do that every single day and soon you have a wall - Will Smith