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)

Comments (99)

  1. I thought watching NARUTO was the way

  2. Thing is this type of thinking is limited to people and what about tribal people or people with low IQ. We have to understand nature and it’s forces and be more giving , understanding and tolerant then playing the smart game always.

  3. Earl Nightingale im happy someone talked about him

  4. Inspirational! "Nurture your Nature" Jim Cathcart's talk resonates with my life. I'm an artist of 30 years experience and in 2012 I focused on the art form that really gave me the most joy. Since focusing on just Mosaic, within 5 years I was seen as an expert in my field globally. What Jim says is true. Friends, follow your heart, soul and gut! ❤

  5. With all this wonderful support for the video I wish I had put even more preparation into it. I wouldn't change what is there but I'd love to do it again and make it even better. Thank you to everyone who has pushed this past one and one quarter million views.

  6. He sounds like Trump😂😂😂

  7. Nurture Nature-Break the Change for the future!

  8. One of the best talks …

  9. That was really helpful advice. i am just right now 17 years old and i want to be a successful person in the future and i want to start it from now a day but the big problem is this .That i think i don't even know myself so how should i know what is really inside of my body or like he said which seed is in my body that i mast grow it ….

    If someone really can help me i will be so pleased from him or her

    If u know something please just right it down here 🤗🤗🤗

  10. What if you don’t know how they would thhnk

  11. Well structured speech .This stands out among other speeches as this carries a great message .

  12. Man I'm glad I found this, thank you for this Sir… I AM VALUABLE, I CAN AND I WILL…

  13. Thanks very much, I'm pleased to hear your precious words.

  14. Amazing Talks ! Love it..👍

  15. that was excellent

  16. Created for a reason? No. Not true. Able to create meaning in our lives? Yes, most definitely.
    This claim that if you study one hour a day for five years (and similar ones, such as 10,000 hours to mastery), you can master a field of study has little basis in science. It depends enormously on the person and the subject at hand. If the speaker is suggesting that by studying at something one hour per day you can make advances in a given field, then of course you can. But please, let's discard these "1 hour a day" or "10,000 hour" claims, which are silly. I found this talk vacuous and pretty much a waste of time.

  17. What an Inspiring speech! Thank you so much.

  18. “Nurture your nature” amazing loved this video 🔑💝

  19. 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.

  20. Where in the bible does it ever say to trust in oneself?

  21. Typical American bringing God into psychology. Doesn't it tire you ?

  22. 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.

  23. Best speach ever.

  24. Amazing. Thanks, I just started my journey.

  25. "Nature Your Nature". That spoke to me.

  26. how would the person I'd like to be,do the things I am about to do?

  27. 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

  28. sooooooooooo nice sir

  29. Jim, you are one heck of a great man! Thank you for your inspiration and encouragement.


  31. Крутой мужик!

  32. 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

  33. 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!

  34. Outstanding speech

  35. just awesome….. enchanting…

  36. And what happens when you apply yourself to your passions for 40 years, and fail at all of them?

  37. Thanks that really helped

  38. This TED talk is super amazing!!!

  39. 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

  40. Phenomenal talk. That's a fact, ignore the haters.

  41. Good message and inspiring speech, Thanks.

  42. Ask myself every day: How would the person I'd like to be? Do the things I am about to do

  43. 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.

  44. preaching Islam's message unintentionally.

  45. 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.

  46. His voice sounds like Trump . lol

  47. Thought provoking. I used to listen to EN when I was young. We can create a better world.

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. How can you believe in yourself when you suffered trauma? It is very difficult to overcome it and have a good self esteem and believe in yourself.

  51. Life is marching on..thru fear,heartache, day at a time..not easy

  52. You beleive there is a creator….am out

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  54. It's okay to be white.

  55. "Believe you can and you're halfway there"
    Theodore Roosevelt

  56. you made me bring a very hot TEAR from my EYES

  57. what's your neutral background imprint?

  58. 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.

  59. Stop spamming this talk to people on Twitter, Jim.

  60. 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

  61. I’m gonna spend an hour a day sketching.

  62. Do what u do what's right and time will unfold reality (goals)

  63. This lecture is wonderful , I couldn't fell that had already finished while I am listening

  64. I'm glad you admit that you are a fraud and that you really don't have any special or unique information…

  65. Hamilton Carhartt would be a valuable talk even though he’s long passed.

  66. 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 🤮

  67. Thanks  love you always

  68. TED talk. More like mumble jumbo.

  69. I still don’t believe in myself

  70. 2 weeks til my A levels…

  71. Thank you, bless you more

  72. I used this video for my college paper. It’s a great one.

  73. 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!

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

  75. 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

    Focus on your objectives. I gave up my old job and look at me I became a speaker at conferences such as this! Yawn.

  77. Earl Nightangle was my saviour also.. his words stays with me forever..

  78. such an amazing message, thanks a lot

  79. Amazing. Thanks a lot sir

  80. Really want to speak on that stage having a mic in ma hand to everyone

  81. The acorn first.

  82. I need help. I don’t see myself anywhere doing anything. A walking zombie

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