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A kinder, gentler philosophy of success | Alain de Botton

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Published on Jul 28, 2009

http://www.ted.com Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure -- and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate. Watch a highlight reel of the Top 10 TEDTalks at http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/top10

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SugarButt
I wish this dude was my best friend.
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unwinsis
Q. "What do you do?" A. "Same as you. I work, I get paid, I drink."
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J. Lee
Alain de Brilliant. 
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Manon
He could read the Sunday paper or a recipe book and I'd be fully attentive
Juan Ruiz
why isn't this ted Talk viewed in the millions?
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Afonso Brito
2:58 I bet there's that one ferrari owner in the audience...
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Peichun Lin
What a truly intelligent man. 
Edkens Alexandre
This TEDtalk could not have come at a better moment.
Yours Truly
I highly recommend his documentary "Status Anxiety" for anyone who liked this talk. It's about the same topic like in this video but in a 2 and a half hour version.
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gamolly
"He is not a loser, although he has lost."
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