How to believe in yourself: Jim Cathcart at TEDxDelrayBeach

How to believe in yourself: Jim Cathcart at TEDxDelrayBeach


Translator: Queenie Lee
Reviewer: Elisabeth Buffard Somewhere deep inside, you know what kind of person
you were designed to be. If you want to produce great acorns, think like an oak, not like an acorn. Think like the person
you intend to become, like the Christian question:
what would Jesus do? Ask yourself, how would
the person I’d like to be do the things I am about to do. The acorn has three parts: it’s got a stem, a cap, and a seed. And the stem represents
its connection to the past, all the acorns, all the oaks that have ever existed in its line before
are encoded in that, transferred through that stem,
the legacy into this acorn. The cap holds onto the seed until the seed is ready
to grow on its own, so the cap represents your coaches,
your mentors, your role models, your guides, your parents,
your friends, your teachers. And when you’re ready
to grow on your own, the seed of that acorn
holds not only your potential but the potential
of every future generation of acorns that will spring from that line. So let me ask you a question. What kind of seed is in you? See, I believe part of our responsibility
in life is to find out who we are, to discover ourselves. First off, we need to respect our nature. We need to realize
we are part of a continuing chain that carries a legacy
and a responsibility. And if that’s the case, then we need to recognize
that we were not biological coincidences. I believe there is a creator, and I believe you were intentionally
created for a myriad of purposes. There are many things
we can do with our lives, and I think it’s our job to find out
what those things are and to do them as well as we possibly can so that we’re passing
along the right imprint for the next generation. And that’s just simply my life philosophy,
that’s the way I look at it. So first, we need to respect our nature. Second, we need to know our nature. Take Aristotle’s advice, “Know thyself,” but know things about yourself
that most people don’t discover. For example, know how you’re smart, not just how smart you are
in comparison to others. In what ways are you smart? Know what you care about. What are the values
that motivate your choices? Know what your personal velocity is, the intensity and drive
with which you naturally operate. Know the background imprint,
positive, neutral or negative, that you carry with you and what effect it’s had on you. Know your behavioral style, how you come across to other people. Know the patterns in your choices so that you’re continually
learning more and more about what it’s like to be you, so you can do an even better job of it. And then we need to apply our nature, we need to nurture our nature
by expressing ourselves in the world. See, I never expected
to be anything but ordinary. I was raised to be nice and ordinary. I expected I would grow up to be –
my dad worked for the phone company, I figured I’d go to work
for the phone company, maybe work in an office. I figured I’d work till 65
and have 1.34 kids, I’d retire at 65 and then Iwould die at statistical
average age for my gene pool. That’s what I expected. Until one day in 1972,
on the radio in the next room to mine, I heard a voice that changed everything. I was working for
the Little Rock Housing Authority, Little Rock, Arkansas,
urban renewal agency; I was a government clerk
making $525 a month; I weighed 200 pounds – this is 148 – I smoked two packs of cigarettes a day; I’d never set a goal in my life; I didn’t have a college degree
and no money in the bank; I was newly married
with a new baby at home; and I didn’t expect much from life. And in the next room, I heard the voice of Earl Nightingale, known at the time
as the dean of personal motivation. He was on 900 radio stations
around the world, and what he said that day
will forever resonate with me. He said, “If you will spend
one extra hour each day studying your chosen field, you’ll be a national expert
in that field in five years or less.” That hit me like a tornado;
it rearranged everything in my life. I started doing the math:
an hour extra a day, say five days a week, 50 weeks a year, that’s 1,250 hours over five years. If I spent – me, just ordinary me –
1,250 hours studying one subject … Wow! Yeah! I could actually
be a national expert. What I want to be an expert at? It was not urban renewal. (Laughter) Then it occurred to me
a few weeks later, I want to do what that guy
on the radio’s doing. But I had no idea what that was. I just knew it felt right
to get in the field of human development. I thought we’ll see, an hour a day,
I am a government clerk. I’ve got eight hours a day. (Laughter) I could do this by Thursday. (Laughter) And then I started
thinking about what he’d said, and I took him seriously, an hour a day. I focused – I thought
I was kind of behind the game, so I needed two hours,
and three and four and five. So I overcompensated, and I became fanatical
about the field of human development. And in that five year period, I went from being a government clerk
with very little aspiration to being a full-time speaker and trainer. In two years, that was 1972, in 1974, I started buying
Earl Nightingale’s training materials and selling them to businesses. By 1984, his company was selling
my training materials worldwide. They sold 3.5 million dollars worth
of one of my first audio albums in the first two years it was out. I was blown away. His formula works, and I’ve seen it work for hundreds
and even thousands of people in the many many years since that time
that I’ve been sharing that message. Think about that.
If you were to focus one – well, you here, a TED audience – if you were to focus half an hour a day, (Laughter) extra, just beyond the TED talk
that you always watch, right? Every day, okay, beyond that, if you were to focus half an hour of study
on one field of endeavor for five consecutive years, you’d not only transform you,
you’d transform the world around you. And we collectively would transform
the world as we know it today. You and I were born with the gift
to make this a better place. Even if we didn’t improve,
we can make the world better right now. We can encourage people,
compliment people, we could solve problems,
we could pick up trash, we could fix things,
we could bring new ideas. But as you grow, you become
a bigger source for the rest of life to express itself through you. You were put here for a reason. It’s contained in that acorn. So nurture your nature, figure out – First off: I am valuable, accept that. I want to know who I am,
and I want to know how I operate and how can I understand me better. And then I want to nurture that nature. I want to apply myself in the world
and put myself to work in such ways that the rest of the world
says: “Well, that’s cool. If he or she can do it,
I could probably do it. I wonder how they did it.” And then we start spreading that
and the ripple goes worldwide. So ask yourself every day, how would the person I’d like to be do the things I am about to do? Thank you. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “How to believe in yourself: Jim Cathcart at TEDxDelrayBeach

  1. Jeremiah 17:5   This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD.

  2. Amazing. Thank you Sir! This helped me get through 🙂 this is not my first time watching this… every time I try to find this video I search "Think like an oak…TedX" lol. This video is my long time favourite vid that helps me to believe and have hope in myself. This was educational and inspiring, still is. Thank you. I hope to find and help myself to get back up and go the distance and hope to have that "energy" to do what I need to do to make myself, my family and childhood self proud.

  3. I love the first line "Somewhere deep inside, you know what kind of person you were designed to be"3 Golden Rule of human development1. Respect your nature 2. Know your nature3. Nurture your nature

  4. I always keep on thinking about life, philosophy, keep on introspecting and learning from people in school. Sad thing is i have no1 to tell.
    I wish i had people like him in my class

  5. Bravo Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE, Golden Gavel Award Winner, Cavett Award Recipient, super hiker, super biker, husband, dad, grandad and most of all, colleague and friend.

    I can't wait to do another video interview with you again this weekend.

    You are indeed a blessing!

  6. One of my friends said I don't know about something and he thinks that I will never be one

    But I have a true friend that supports me at any costs even if my other friend says it's no possible

    And guess what I did know that something and my other friend is wrong

  7. If you spend one extra hour each day, and focus your chosen field, you'll be national expert in the fields in five years or less.

  8. Thank you TedX for providing information that we can all learn and improve ourselves on. Creating insights and learning about the imagination of the people of the world.

  9. As we are Living in several environment but that's important to how Scheduled our Life. If you have schedule keep it with yourself and going on your timetable but its better to know you have a good timetable if you have after all now you can follow that and the believing will come automatically . so i thought wrong you can pointed my mistakes Respected

  10. wow. This was very short and the most powerful of the Tedx videos I've watched. This hit me hard. If I can spend an extra hour daily in my field of interest I will be an expert in that field after 5 years? Wow soo true and really inspiring. And it makes a lot of sense though

  11. Thank you world for viewing this video so much! At the current rate of about 2,000 views a day this is really on a roll. I appreciate the opportunity to share my ideas with you. PS to those who feel threatened/offended by the concept of believing in a benevolent Creator: many of the scientists and philosophers we all have learned from have had beliefs that we don't share. That doesn't negate their ideas, it just explains their point of view. I hope you can gain valuable ideas from my presentation.

  12. To believe in yourself is to believe in God and have faith. Everyone is walking their own path and God is planning around our plans. It's important to do good and good will come to you in tenfold and not perse from that particular person you helped but maybe In a certain situation you thought you couldn't get out of. Spreading Good words is also an act of charity❤ peace be upon you my brothers and sisters

  13. That audience is sitting there listening and clapping like a bunch of dopes while this guy gets his $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ 🤑 and they think they are learning something they can walk away with. Too bad most wont apply themselves or any of the content the speaker spewed 🤮

  14. I love this. 'Intentionally created' is the resounding phrase that I am holding on to. There comes a time in life when we question our existence, reach a point of despair due to our circumstances and even wallow in depression. But to appreciate that we are not a result of coincidences but rather strategically placed on this planet at this moment in time is how we can find the confidence to express all that we are!

  15. June 10, '19. How have things been, Jim? Way over a million views. Any new developments with the business from your end?

  16. I have realised yet that I am spending my time in a job which makes me bored of doing anything else. Well great talk I have ever got, time to wake up to creat a world around me
    First of all I gotta get rid of people having negative energy to spread on me
    I should be the solution of myself
    🙏

  17. EVERY SINGLE MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER OUT THERE:
    Focus on your objectives. I gave up my old job and look at me I became a speaker at conferences such as this! Yawn.

  18. The problem is I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I'm not interested in anything. I don't accept that I'm valuable.

  19. It seems that speaker’s comments posted are a kind of “Google Analytics” of the progress in the views of his video. A true altruist won’t care of views doubling in one week and so on. A person thinking of communicating ideas worth sharing would be thinking more about the next idea. Keep counting the views Mr Cathcart.

  20. October 10, 2019 it has been almost 6 years since this video was posted on YouTube. This video has turned into a 1.7 million views video and it is YOU Jim Cathcart that has given us a gift that keeps on giving. I feel like I am on a similar journey with a passion for the same Personal Development field. Every day I spend precious hours on study and contemplation and I will be an expert in this field within two years. I ask myself the Daily Question and You are my Earl Nightingale. That little nudge out the door. That Little Aha moment that really resonated with me. I inspire through my actions to be someone that can make this kind of difference for someone else too.

  21. Omg this is so inspiring, such a powerful message .. now I must know what my nature 🐸.. I dont know how I wanna be ! It's a hard thing to discover.. we all wanna be better , rich , happy … but just few of us have this clear image of the path that they have to take to make this image a reality … it's truly important to take a moment everyday and think about what passionate u in life and then work on it … if u are reading this comment I wanna tell u that u caaan do it ..I believe in u … peace ✌

  22. We should not believe in ourselves. We should use critical thinking and form our self esteem not on faith or other woo woo claims, but on evidence. Our true self esteem is what others tell about us. If they tell us we're bad, we should get over it, even if it impacts our mental health negatively.

  23. If you do the work in which you are interested with hardwork patience and consistency smartly then you will be successful.

  24. In my country, since we get to the 7th grade to 12th grade, we have to be in the classes to study math and English at least 100 mins a day from Monday to Friday…is this formula much different from what he said? Why not all the kids become experts in math and English. Is that because math and English are not what they choose but the education system does? How to choose this “chosen field” to start this practice?

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