(Video) The Psychology Of Success – Keeping Your Goals To Yourself!


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


(Video) Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself

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  1. Sara

    April 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    The negativity from the naysayers has always fueled me and I always prove them wrong. That seems to work for me.

    • Andy

      June 2, 2013 at 5:55 am

      Yes Sara. Irresponsible Ted Talk, imo. The 163 person study didn’t incorporate anything even reasonably close to a real-life situation. Figure out whether you are more motivated by announcing your goals or by keeping them to yourself. Then, do that.

  2. Mike

    January 16, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    This is great. I definitely recognize the instant gratification of announcing my goals. I’ll be trying out this “keep it to yourself” goal achievement strategy immediately. Thanks!

  3. Ojuswi

    December 17, 2011 at 7:50 am

    amazing. . . . .nd true

  4. tvxqjuly

    November 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Pretty true, actually. Whenever I say out loud that I am going to do something, most of the time that’s the only thing that I’ll ever do–talk.

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