All of us want to invent that game-changing product, launch that successful company, write that best-selling book. And yet so few of us actually do it. TED Fellow and Brazilian entrepreneur Bel Pesce breaks down five easy-to-believe myths that ensure your dream projects will never come to fruition.




  • overnight – instant
  • humble – modest
  • pick – select
  • sensation – a physical feeling


Think about it

Answer the questions below.

  1. What does an “overnight success” look like in reality? (1:38)
  2. Who has the answers to your questions and doubts? (6:11)
  3. At what point in a career should we settle? (3:15)
  4. How can you explain the fact that nobody has bought or invested in your idea? (4:13)
  5. How can you make sure your success is as enjoyable as possible?


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words. Use ONE word per blank space.

Fourth tip, and that’s really important: Believe the fault is someone ________. I constantly see people saying, “Yes, I had this great idea, but ________ investor had the vision to invest.” “Oh, I created this great product, but the market is so bad, the sales didn’t go well.” Or, “I can’t find good talent; my team is so ________ expectations.” If you have dreams, it’s your responsibility to ________ them happen. Yes, it may be hard to find talent. Yes, the market may be bad. But if no one invested in your idea, if no one bought your product, for sure, there is something there that is ________ fault. (Laughter) Definitely. You need to get your dreams and make them happen. And no one achieved their goals alone. But ________ you didn’t make them happen, it’s your fault and no one else’s. Be responsible ________ your dreams.


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