Vlad Fiscutean

Brand Designer & CEO, TEDx Timisoara


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What are your own secrets of success?

What is the single most important thing that made you succeed?

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    Jun 1 2011: There are usually many factors that cause us to feel more or less successful. One factor for me is facing fear. I read a book many years ago..."Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway" by Susan Jeffers, Ph.D. It's an old classic which gives us "dynamic techniques for turning fear, indecision and anger into power, action and love". So, for awhile in my life, I adopted that mantra..."feel the fear and do it anyway". If I had questions, indecision, challenges that seemed sometimes overwhelming, I asked myself...what am I afraid of? When I honestly evaluate the answers to my own questions, the fears seem insignificant compared to what could be gained by taking the risk.

    I also agree with wongmo, Christopher and Salim...
    Persistence, joy, hard work and passion:>)
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      Jun 1 2011: There is nothing to be afraid of except fear itself, therefore fear will make you vulnerable in decision making.

      That is why soldiers are trained to expect the unexpected, to be ready for anything, it takes a lot of courage and bravery to stand in the face of fear and fight back mentally/physically.

      Success is definitely an intrapersonal thing.
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        Jun 1 2011: Good advice dude...expect the unexpected and be ready to stand like the mighty oak in the middle of the storm:>)
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    May 6 2011: Luck, and it seems the harder I work the more I have of it.
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    May 6 2011: It's "Passion"
  • Jun 5 2011: Faith in my self and others ability to achieve great things - knowing that no matter how impossible something may look, the end result will be what I want to achieve.
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    Jun 2 2011: The things that I consider my greatest successes have come from following what fascinates me and loving people.
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    Jun 1 2011: What is success? How do you measure it?

    Forever I considered success was the amount of people whom would show up at your funeral. However in life I realized factors can alter those numbers, and those factors are usually trivial, superficial, and delusional in the broad spectrum of reality.

    The meaning of universal life is survival, after you do not have to worry about surviving, your only worry should be bettering yourself in reflection to your interest you received in life from your environments (this is a topic of it's own and a tricky one).

    Success for me was never stressing life and understanding that I have no right to stress it because I am rich in life. I never have to worry about a meal, friends/family, nutrition, or shelter. I realize I was privileged in comparison to the majority of the world to have those 4 basic needs met without having to work for them. I count my blessing and do not take them for granted. One of my successes in life was realizing all of this when I am 1/5 through my life as I now plan on breaking 100 as it is a rare happening in the world today and would like to join those few who have done so, this is one goal.

    What is my secret/most important thing? Open-ended educations that I seek, accept, and discover.

    But, I do not ever measure success. People are limited by there environments too often for it to be fair to measure against others that do not have the same privileges I was given in life.
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      Jun 1 2011: Nicholas,
      I agree...our first concern as humans is survival, and meeting our basic needs. If we have the basic needs, we can often flourish. You are wise beyond your years to realize you are privileged in comparison to the majority of people in our world, and counting your blessings is another important factor toward success, in my humble opinion:>) Gratitude for what we have, builds a strong foundation for what we hope to attain in our lifetime. Real success is not measured against others, as you insightfully point out:>)
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    Jun 2 2011: 1/ Learn from my failures, think 'out of the box', know when to quit.
    2/ Work, work, work
    3/ Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy life