If you give a talk in a forest and no one hears it…

If you give a talk in a forest and no one hears it, does it make an impact? Only if it’s later seen on TED. Congratulations TED on a billion views and making it possible for so many talks to have a big impact on the world.

I was fortunate, but very scared, to give the first TED 3-minute talk in 2005. I thought the information would never leave the room. But then TED put talks online, took mine out of the forest, and gave the information an opportunity to reach people and perhaps make an impact.

Now millions of people around the world have viewed it and comments like the ones below keep me going. Thank you TED!

Poland
Your “Richard St. John’s 8 secrets of success” short video from TED changed my world. Now I’m happiest guy in whole Poland!

United States
I saw your video on TED and knew instantly I could use your work. I teach English to students who think school is pointless and boring. But they ALL want to succeed. THANK YOU for your work. The ripple that you started continues outward.

Zimbabwe
I’m teaching workshops and empowering women in an African community in the midst of crisis and chaos. I found you on TED and loved your talk. Then I translated your book into a simple workshop that really woke people up. Many thanks for your work.

Tajikstan
Thank you very much, Richard for your inspiring speeches. They help me teach my younger brother how to be successful.

India
I liked your TED talk a lot so I got your book. My wife read it and realized she hated her job, so she went into education research. Now she’s helping children in India and she loves it. You changed her life.

Japan
I learned very much through your TED speech. I had given up hope but came to the realization that it is never too late, and very important to never give up. Thank you very much indeed.

Canada
I watched your TED video and you explained in minutes what I have been trying to figure out for years. I am going to throw the Zoloft away.


  • The TED community is quite amazing. 

    Last Saturday, I just volunteered at TEDxRainier in Seattle and it was a great time. I stumbled onto your site thanks to your TED talk – I enjoyed how easy it was to understand and how practical it was. I enjoyed your delivery as well. Thanks again!

  • Dwayne

    It has been four years now since I watched your Ted talk. I was impressed, bought your book, shared it with my volleyball team as motivation and I had the words printed on the back of my iPad. I truly believe each of those words sums up how we should go about our job and our life. so,thank you for sharing the 3 minute talk. These 8 to be great words when applied to life help lead one to success. I will use them and apply them.