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Richard St. John: The Power of Passion (Full Transcript)

Richard St. John

Watch, listen and read the full transcript of success expert Richard St. John’s presentation: The Power of Passion at TED conference.

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Richard St. John – Marketer, success analyst

The eight traits successful people have in common.

Number one: passion.

Successful people love what they do. When I asked Russell Crowe what led to his Academy Award for Best Actor, he said, “The bottom line is I love the actual job of acting. I have a great passion for it.” Successful people in all fields love what they do, whether it’s astrophysicist Jaymie Matthews, author J.K. Rowling or athlete Michael Phelps.

And not just big names, Margaret MacMillan, a history professor, says, “I spent my life doing what I loved.”

Carlos, a bus driver I sit with at Starbucks, says, “I love what I do. I’ve only missed three days in four years.”

And believe it or not, even successful dentists love what they do. Izzy Novak says, “I love dentistry. I can’t imagine being anything else.”

But what about business? Many of you are in business, and we tend to think that business is more about cold numbers than hot passion, more about logic than love, so what surprised me was how often successful business people actually use the words “passion” or “love” when they talk about their work.

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