What You Missed in that TED Talk You Watched

By Devin C. Hughes

October 29, 2014   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

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I know what you did this week.

You spent hours combing through your Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook feeds while also listening to a few TED talks, searching for that one nugget that’s going to change everything for you. But guess what. It won’t. And you wasted your time. Sorry!

Think about what you found. Did you find anything new? Did you hear, see or read that one thing that is going to hand you the key to success? You did not. I guarantee it.

You have to stop swimming through your feeds, looking for everybody else’s good fortune to see what you can capitalize on. Because what you’re doing? Is nothing.

You’re reading and learning and blowing up your brain with info, but not putting one bit of it into action.


Stop reading to “learn” because what you need to know? Is already there. It’s already in you. You just don’t trust yourself.

You feel like you’re not enough. That what you know isn’t enough. That your competition or colleagues are better than you and you think sitting and reading about their success is going to make you as good as they are.

It’s not.

When you start to trust your instincts, your brains, your guts? Your world changes. And you can then change the world.

Stop letting fear silence you.


Fear stops you from putting anything that you’ve read about into action and making it happen. Fear stops you from transforming into the success that you know you SHOULD be. Fear stops you from listening to the voice deep inside you that KNOWS what you should be doing, instead of reading about.

You have to get over that fear.

You have to let yourself be who you know you are. You have to get over worrying about what everyone else thinks, what they are doing, or what they’ve had success with.

What they did or what they do doesn’t matter in the least. Not to you. What matters is what you do because if you are reading but not executing? You will never, ever become who you want to be or what you want your business to be.

Stop being scared. You are a powerhouse. You are a winner. You are the only key to your success.

Stop Fear

If you’re worried about failure? Get out and fail. Because nothing is going to rocket you forward faster than failure. Learn to love it. Learn to look for it. Learn to make failure happen. Because the more you fail? The faster you succeed.

Fail. Fail often. Fail fast.

Become a Speed-Learner

There are things you won’t know how to do. Study one successful person’s approach, figure out why it worked and TWEAK IT. Don’t use it as is. Because if you tweak it and make it yours, you’ve created something brand new. And if THAT is a success, your confidence level will shoot far past the moon and the stars.

Stop listening to everyone else. Look deep inside for the passion and knowledge you already have because you are a rockstar. You know what you can achieve. Now let yourself do it.

It all comes down to one thing: Trust. When you trust that you are good enough the way you are? It will all fall into place like a gorgeous puzzle.

Here is the permission slip you’ve been waiting for: Go out and make your dreams come true.

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Devin C. Hughes

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