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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  • kanana ikiao
    kanana ikiao 19 часов назад +1

    Waoh this is the most realistic motivation have ever heard, thank you so much and God bless you

  • Loba Étoile
    Loba Étoile День назад

    This method is great and I'm sure it works if you are consistent... But what he's describing is literally what discipline REALLY means: being able to climb a mountain step by step, but without skipping any day. Eating an elephant one spoon at a time.

  • Rosemusicinc
    Rosemusicinc День назад

    This talk was so powerful! I love this concept and the fact that he kept going back to being this average person achieving above and beyond. Amazing!

  • Village Megazine
    Village Megazine День назад

    I hope he was financially secure to do all the stuff, can someone direct to a Ted talk, which could help me how to be financially secure to chase the dreams.

  • M L
    M L День назад

    hes talking about achieving ambitious goals from the point of his view, as person that hadnt financial difficulties. I come from poor family, i dont have money to go to Germany to learn a language course, neither buy CDs whatever... So where is the universal solution that works for low class too?? And how to achieve an ambitious goal if not only that but you have a low attention so things you study you spend more time than others to learn?

  • Arjunsiva Senthilkumar
    Arjunsiva Senthilkumar День назад

    He is real life Forrest gump

  • Kripal Mishra
    Kripal Mishra День назад

    How many people are there in this world who actually benefit from Ted talks like these

  • oni gjoni
    oni gjoni 2 дня назад

    You're crazy man!

  • Victor Ulhôa
    Victor Ulhôa 2 дня назад

    wow this dude is amazing...

  • discoveryripper
    discoveryripper 2 дня назад

    Oh my GOD! Thanks for this amazing performance that just blew my head off. And when I put all the pieces back together I realized how simple it is! Uhrrrrrrr!!!

  • Ar M
    Ar M 2 дня назад

    That is why it is said that a journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step

  • Linoy Kunjappan
    Linoy Kunjappan 3 дня назад

    Great talk(y)

  • Michael Pivovarov
    Michael Pivovarov 3 дня назад

    Да, отличный ролик, всё по делу! 👌🏻 Если хочешь, то бери и делай. 👍🏻

  • Jacob Sellers
    Jacob Sellers 3 дня назад

    I was homeless, now I'm the President of the United States.

  • A-A Ali
    A-A Ali 4 дня назад

    Btw , he's ranked #1 in Fortnite

  • Navin Venkat
    Navin Venkat 4 дня назад +1

    Hands down, best ted talk ever

  • Eight Zero`s Fictional Universe Band

    Hi! i would like to translate and voice some of TED`s clips including this one to Russian. if i do, may i share it on my channel?

  • Some guy on the internet
    Some guy on the internet 5 дней назад

    Only over 2 million views????
    Come on, this is one of the best talks out there!

  • Carolina Quero
    Carolina Quero 5 дней назад

    Awesome 👏 loved it!

  • C A
    C A 5 дней назад


  • Hussein Murad
    Hussein Murad 5 дней назад

    maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan i like the idea of taking small actions to get the ultimate goal , i like reading , sometime i feel lazy to read but what you've said , reading one word will make you two words etc , it feels amazing and it gave sense of fulfillment

  • Energie ohne Ende durch Anti-Aging
    Energie ohne Ende durch Anti-Aging 5 дней назад

    Respekt. Deutsch ist eine schwere Sprache. Da haben Sie in einem Jahr viel erreicht.

  • Rahul Pujari
    Rahul Pujari 5 дней назад +1

    I am truly inspired.

  • Rahul Pujari
    Rahul Pujari 5 дней назад +2

    Real life Forrest Gump!

  • Marco Machovic
    Marco Machovic 6 дней назад

    Really good speech!

  • bryancrafteer
    bryancrafteer 6 дней назад

    Great Ted talk , question, did he said Martial adjustments or maybe I heard it wrong ...

  • Noah Beach
    Noah Beach 6 дней назад

    Actually what he is really saying is he became the Yes man like that movie Yes Man. Instead of living stagnantly he decided to constantly do new things. I also try to live this way so life doesn't become so redundant.

  • mac wm
    mac wm 7 дней назад

    My biggest ambition is to change this culture of mostly lies into a culture of mostly truth; mostly meanness into mostly kind consideration; mostly spin into mostly straightforwardness. Who's with me!

  • Frosty Heaven
    Frosty Heaven 7 дней назад

    Can someone tell me how to apply this to learning Mandarin? I'd really appreciate your help!

  • Lakky Jegan
    Lakky Jegan 7 дней назад

    Fantastic talk! Just what I needed! I have lots of ambitious goals but I didn't know how to realise the goals. This talk has given me hope that I can realise my goals! I am going to act on the advice straight away!

  • Sean
    Sean 7 дней назад

    humble brag champion

  • Nicola Del Gobbo
    Nicola Del Gobbo 8 дней назад

    woow thank this talk was enlighten

  • Biser Sable
    Biser Sable 8 дней назад

    I think this just changed my life.

  • aziz abrougui
    aziz abrougui 8 дней назад

    what he's saying is pretty useful but at one point i felt like he's bragging about what he has accomplished

  • Megala Thanasakaran
    Megala Thanasakaran 8 дней назад

    One of the best and throughout my listens, I'm like "why I'm not there to witness this talk".

  • Ace Victory
    Ace Victory 8 дней назад

    What a talk!

  • Haha! My cookie.
    Haha! My cookie. 9 дней назад

    Damnit now I wanna make a granny square

  • Michael J Freeman
    Michael J Freeman 9 дней назад

    Congratulations to RU-clip for bringing TED out motivating speakers to educate and as now we hear for a growing collective social wellbeing programme.... 2019 is an amazing year.

  • Ahmad Sayyed
    Ahmad Sayyed 9 дней назад

    Im sooo jealous of this guy!

  • Dissonance Paradiddle
    Dissonance Paradiddle 9 дней назад

    The chip away game is powerful. Thank your for reminding me of it

  • Dejan Novakovic
    Dejan Novakovic 9 дней назад

    Srbija do Tokija

  • Vibhas Kulkarni
    Vibhas Kulkarni 9 дней назад

    One stich at a time

  • balu vanan
    balu vanan 9 дней назад

    It is really hard to find something out on internet that inspires you today. I had been revisiting this video often now. The thing about learning german on the way to work . I am inspired :)

  • dilinger john
    dilinger john 9 дней назад

    I need to download this video

  • 黄维勇
    黄维勇 10 дней назад

    his actions prove his words. A Valuable talking in tedx.

  • Walter Webb
    Walter Webb 10 дней назад

    Bradley Cooper's career change.

  • TubeDeviant
    TubeDeviant 10 дней назад

    No matter how difficult the path is in front of you, take that first step..!! Use your progress to persevere..!! Learn to love the process. Reward yourself along the way. Do what you need to do, but also do what you want to do.

  • DrTryloByte
    DrTryloByte 11 дней назад

    Lol that bit of german had a grammar error 😂

  • James Ponraj
    James Ponraj 11 дней назад

    Excellent. Very Inspiring.

  • TheMaineHiker
    TheMaineHiker 11 дней назад

    Wow I can really relate to this guy!

  • mrkingdom75
    mrkingdom75 11 дней назад

    this is amazing, thanks a lot

  • Momma_3 Maestra
    Momma_3 Maestra 11 дней назад

    This is what we do as educators on a student's Iep, you need to chunk things.

  • trisram
    trisram 11 дней назад

    what is 'marginal"? What is an example of "marginal" improvement?

    • Smackdown Zone
      Smackdown Zone 2 дня назад

      Marginal means very small, barely noticeable

  • Design Bazaar
    Design Bazaar 11 дней назад

    He is like Forest Gump

  • Milind Pradeesh
    Milind Pradeesh 11 дней назад

    Absolutely wonderful 👌👌❤

  • Rakesh Chaudhary
    Rakesh Chaudhary 11 дней назад

    Wow! I loved the idea of breaking down tasks. The whole video is amazing and realistic. Great Video. Keeps me motivated. Time to get up 😁😁

  • Benjamin Jonathan
    Benjamin Jonathan 11 дней назад

    Watching this reminds me of stomach acid. The stomach is meant to break food down in order for the intestines to digest the food & absorb the nutrients and get rid of everything else.

  • Rusty B.
    Rusty B. 11 дней назад

    That is one ambitious man!

  • LouiePK
    LouiePK 12 дней назад

    What if your dream is to be a youtuber? U can try and try and try, but at the end of the day the results are technically out of your hands, then it won’t work will it?

  • 7eguegueh
    7eguegueh 12 дней назад

    This is my favorite Ted Talk I could watch this over and over again

  • leela manohari
    leela manohari 12 дней назад

    Great talk .............
    Which is going to change my life

  • Easy Engrave
    Easy Engrave 12 дней назад

    They let you try it for free?! IT must be good!

  • joe monroe
    joe monroe 13 дней назад

    With the advice from this ted talk I built a life size replica of the statue of liberty, with play-doh. Thanks Stephen Duneier

  • PowerGenghis
    PowerGenghis 13 дней назад

    Best TED talk I've seen so far, and they had been quite a few jajajaj

  • dasein
    dasein 13 дней назад

    LOL. Who actually learns foreign languages from language tapes?

    • Eight Zero`s Fictional Universe Band
      Eight Zero`s Fictional Universe Band 4 дня назад

      i do! im Russian and i learn English from the tapes. Btw i started to learn it by the method of pimsleur. now i can watch such clips without any dictionaries

  • Ian Van Vaerenbergh
    Ian Van Vaerenbergh 13 дней назад

    most useful tedtalk ever

  • Viviana Calmasini
    Viviana Calmasini 13 дней назад

    Small steps towards success is a great plan.
    It's also okay to be human and sometimes fail. Show some compassion to yourself. It's okay if you don't climb those mountains, it's okay if you don't run a marathon or if you aren't the president of two hedge funds.
    Goals are great but self-love is better than cruel expectations.

  • Passionate Prem
    Passionate Prem 13 дней назад +3

    *imp points from this amazing talk*
    1.Choose your desired goal! Eg. My goal is getting good grades in my preboard exams
    2.Break it into simple manageable tasks eg. Now I daily complete my homework and try to get full marks in my regular test series...
    3.Make Margial improvement along the way Or margial adjustment to your routine to achieve your goals...🙂 Eg.Usually I studied for 3 hr daily but during exam days I skip games and music time to more studies & Studied for 4 to 5 hr daily* 🙃
    4.Reward yourself eg.After exam complete I will party with my friends and full enjoy*
    5.ReAgain Step1.!
    *I HoPe U also Achieve ur desired goal ....*

  • Wind Craft Quads
    Wind Craft Quads 13 дней назад

    Watching Tedx videos is keeping me from making marginal improvements in my life.

  • keen
    keen 13 дней назад

    This was the dumbest intro i've heard in a while. Yes, everyone can replicate single color squares and yes the image is made up of those single color squares. But the hard part is ordering those small squares in a fashion where looking at the picture from a distance, a face appears. So to say you could replicate every single color square there means that you could draw the whole image is irrational at best.

  • Ruby Ni Riada
    Ruby Ni Riada 14 дней назад

    Poor guy had a stroke last year, thankfully is okay!!

  • behnam rostamy
    behnam rostamy 14 дней назад

    he is crazy and solved a great problem I couldn't solve

  • Elias mweemba
    Elias mweemba 14 дней назад

    I just came up with a solution to my programming problem while watching this. Thank you very much Stephen Duneier.

  • Ayjan Annageldiyeva
    Ayjan Annageldiyeva 14 дней назад

    I liked the way he learnt German😂

  • Mark Steph Pangan
    Mark Steph Pangan 14 дней назад

    *i must be ashamed of my self*

  • Kulwinder kaur
    Kulwinder kaur 14 дней назад

    nice 😊

  • Diamond life
    Diamond life 14 дней назад

    Amazing man!

  • layla ali
    layla ali 15 дней назад


  • Scott
    Scott 15 дней назад

    Now--how many rattlesnakes have you seen? lol

  • Teleko Zeleke
    Teleko Zeleke 15 дней назад

    Great speech but "Novak djocovick" 😂😂😂

  • pkli
    pkli 15 дней назад

    I will fight my youtube addic and straight up stop watching (after the vid)

  • Abhishek Saini
    Abhishek Saini 15 дней назад

    I watches this talk 1 min at a time, while i was studying you know just to cultivate a habit of watching videos

  • Arishta Jain
    Arishta Jain 15 дней назад

    Summary :

  • Joe Arcenio
    Joe Arcenio 16 дней назад

    Wow! Incredible speech. I was a B student so I can imagine the endless possibilities. lol
    Thank you for this Stephen Duneier

  • Koothodil Abhijith Augustine
    Koothodil Abhijith Augustine 16 дней назад


  • shubham gupta
    shubham gupta 16 дней назад

    Best and most helpful video on RU-clip.

  • Daniel Buraimo
    Daniel Buraimo 16 дней назад

    This is the most interesting man in the world. Pure inspiration! Thank you

  • Anime Status
    Anime Status 16 дней назад +2

    One of the best tedtalk ever.

  • Aleksandr Fetjukov
    Aleksandr Fetjukov 17 дней назад

    Long story short: spend one minute for your goal every day, and youl reach it. Of course if you'll start, you'll spend much more time.

  • Maharin Mansoor
    Maharin Mansoor 18 дней назад


  • Baobab Dob
    Baobab Dob 18 дней назад

    What an amazing man! Thank you, sir!

  • Jez I AM
    Jez I AM 18 дней назад +9

    That was the BEST RU-clip video I have EVER watched. Honestly. I have seen thousands and THIS HOLDS THE KEY. Thank you SOOOOOOOOO MUCH ! :)

    • lisa sommerlad
      lisa sommerlad 2 дня назад

      Jez I AM i agree! I found it the most helpful and encouraging one!

  • George Thomas
    George Thomas 18 дней назад


  • Saurabh Tripathi
    Saurabh Tripathi 19 дней назад

    i just saw old comment and trust me this video dont get old ..... thanks again i am a data science certified now in 10 month of watching this video , closed my biz , 4 month worked as Business development officer as a top performer ,then in 12 nov joined a RnD in data science n machine learning , 1 year ago that was imposible and preparing for 2019 now. can u please share ur mail. :)

  • Geekman333
    Geekman333 19 дней назад

    Very useful and easily achievable for anyone.

  • nikita singh
    nikita singh 19 дней назад

    Best ted talk ever

  • Sparsh Agrawal
    Sparsh Agrawal 19 дней назад

    Stephen Duneier thanks for inspiring .

  • Durlav Kalita
    Durlav Kalita 19 дней назад

    can anyone tell me the name of the book shown in the presentation at 12.10 min..

  • Steve McC
    Steve McC 20 дней назад

    Very Inspiring! Always good to be reminded and reinforced in developing healthy habits and thinking. Thank you, Stephen!

  • leon mandirunga
    leon mandirunga 20 дней назад

    And there goes my phone down, getting my pen and paper