The Secret to Success: It’s Not What You Think | Kim Perell | TEDxPepperdineUniversity

Have you ever wondered what exactly it is that successful people have in common? In this motivating, heartfelt talk, Kim reveals the key to achieving success — and how any person can acquire it. Drawing upon powerful experiences from her personal and professional life, Kim Perell explains how the secret to success isn’t being the smartest or the luckiest — it’s being resilient, failing forward, and staying strong in the face of challenges. Kim Perell is an award-winning entrepreneur, bestselling author, angel investor, and technology CEO. Laid off from her dream job out of college, Kim started her first company from her kitchen table, going from broke to a multi-millionaire by the time she was 30, and selling her last company for 5 million in 2014. Passionate about supporting others to achieve success in life, Kim is an angel investor in over 70 startups, 14 of which have successfully been acquired. Kim attributes her success to her ability to execute, which inspired her to write her bestselling book, The Execution Factor, The One Skill that Drives Success. To learn more, visit or follow Kim on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @KimPerell. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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