Here is the full transcript and summary of lecturer and professional investment manager, Stephen Duneier’s TEDx talk: How to Achieve Your Most Ambitious Goals at TEDxTucson conference. This event happened on January 14, 2017 at Tucson, Arizona.
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By a show of hands, how many of you believe you could replicate this image of Brad Pitt with just a pencil and piece of paper? Well, I’m going to show you how to do this.
And in so doing, I’m going to give you the skill necessary to become a world-class artist. And it shouldn’t take more than about 15 seconds. But before I do that, how many of you believe you could replicate this image of a solid gray square? Every one of us. And if you can make one gray square, you can make two, three, nine.
Truth of the matter is, if you could make just one gray square, it’d be very difficult to argue that you couldn’t make every gray square necessary to replicate the image in its entirety. And there you have it. I’ve just given you the skills necessary to become a world-class artist. I know what you’re thinking. “That’s not real art, certainly wouldn’t make me a world-class artist”.
So let me introduce you to Chuck Close. He’s one of the highest-earning artists in the entire world, for decades, and he creates his art using this exact technique. You see, what stands between us and achieving even our most ambitious dreams has far less to do with possessing some magical skill or talent, and far more to do with how we approach problems and make decisions to solve them.