Ted Tuesdays – “Keep Your Goals to Yourself” by Derek Sivers

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Do you Share Your English Goals?

If you have a big, new, exciting goal, are you tempted to share it with the world? Well sharing them might have negative consequences.

After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep goals secret.

He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.

In this episode of the Feel Good English podcast, learn why you shouldn’t share your goals, but if you have to, how to share your goals in a way that will help you achieve them.

The Main Points

  • you can receive a feeling of satisfaction from telling someone your goal
  • this feeling can prevent us from working hard
  • either keep your goals to yourself (don’t share them) or tell them in a way that isn’t satisfying, but forces you to work hard
The Joke

“Behind every successful man you’ll find a woman who has nothing to wear.” – Harold Coffin

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