Draw your future | Patti Dobrowolski | TEDxRainier

Draw your future | Patti Dobrowolski | TEDxRainier

Translator: Aura Raducan
Reviewer: Ido Dekkers Maya Angelou once said, “A solitary fantasy can transform a million realities.” What dream or vision do you want to turn into reality? I always wanted to go into business for myself. I could be a consultant. I’m going to go gluten free, right after I eat that last piece of chocolate cake. (Laughter) You know, one day I’m going to stand up to that crabby boss. I look good on paper, I should feel great. I just know there’s more. You know it because you feel it. You lie awake at night. You talk about your dreams with your partner and your friends, but more often than not, you continue to do those same behaviors that keep you from making the change. You ask yourself, “How can I make it happen?” Research shows, the odds against you making a change in your life — — 9 to 1. 9 to 1, even if you’re facing a life-threatening illness. But let me show you how to beat those odds. You can live the life you desire. It’s right there in front of you. But in order to achieve it, you must first see it, then believe it, and then you must graciously ask and train your brain to help you execute your vision. So how do we see our vision? Through a picture. A picture can create movement. A picture… can unite nations, a picture can pull at your heart and fill you with a deep desire to do something. At Roche Pharmaceutical, the president asked us to create a picture of his vision. Prior to having one, less than 40 percent of the employees understood the company’s vision and strategy. After seeing this picture, 96 percent understood it, and 84 percent understood how what they did everyday align to that picture. So how can you use a picture to get what you want? By simply drawing one. You don’t have to be an artist or know how to draw. As naive as your drawings might be, when you draw where you are, your current state, and where you want to be, your desired new reality. Suddenly, you have a road map for change. So what is your current state? Well, let’s say you’re Joe. Joe has a good job. Joe has a lovely wife, Amy. Joe makes good money, but like many of us, Joe wants more from life. And he’d like to get rid of a couple of things. Maybe that intense workload, maybe that negative boss. Maybe Joe has a higher purpose; he’s just not sure how to get there. So, now, Joe’s current state is visual. We remember things better when they’re attached to a picture. 65 percent better to be exact. So now let’s imagine that Joe wants to change something in his current state. He wants to build that desired new reality that he dreams about. In order for Joe to freely dream, he must first… …trick his brain. Because the left side of your brain, as you know, houses the critic, who is forever trying to keep you safe from harm, make sure you don’t do anything dangerous or stupid. So let’s have Joe tell the critic that he’s just going to use his imagination. Using your imagination activates the right side of your brain, which makes you creative and filled with possibility. So now, let’s dream Joe’s new life. In the best case scenario, one year from today, what is Joe’s life like? Hey, Joe has a new job. Great. Joe has a new boss, himself. Joe has a couple of great collaborators, and Joe is just bursting with creativity and ideas, and all of those things we dream about. Connection, and purpose, and freedom, and love. Now I’m drawing this picture as the favor to Joe today. But in real life, he’d have to draw his own picture. Because he can’t afford me. (Laughter) Actually, because you get the most power when you paint your own picture. So now, Joe has his drawing, so now he’s got to soak it in. He has to fill it with color. He has to fill it with emotion. He has to get inside of it, as if he’s on the inside, looking out. Your brain actually emits serotonin and Oxytocin when you draw and dream. So you feel happy. Capable, creative. You feel cool. So now, we have Joe’s current state and Joe’s desired new reality. So how can Joe get from here to there in just three bold steps? Three bold steps? If I knew how to get from here to there in three bold steps, I would have done it 25 years ago when I had a mullet. (Laughter) Here is where the magic begins. Your brain knows you. It’s cataloged everything you’ve ever seen, heard, experienced, real, or imagined. You just have to ask it to put the pieces together for you. It as simple as that. We live in a three-dimensional world, but the light falls on the retina in a two-dimensional fashion, and the brain, it has to cope with it. So how does it deal with this extra dimension? It guesses. It guesses! And just as it can guess where your cup of coffee is when it goes to pick it up, it can correctly guess what the three bold steps are that you should take. All you have to do is look at your picture and then close your eyes. This allows the brain to recycle what it sees and reconstruct it, add to it everything you’ve ever seen, heard, experienced, or fantasized about, and then it will serve you up with the best possible solution. If you just relax and you ask it, now what’s the boldest thing I could do to get from here to there? Boom, immediately it will tell you. See it, believe it, act on it. Now, the danger is, if any of those three bold steps are too scary, this instinctual rational side of your brain is going to try to talk you out of this. Oh, no, no, no, I don’t want to do that… Oh, that desk it’s not too small, my legs aren’t cramped under there. Oh, 20,000 a year, oh, that’s a decent salary. Oh, that boss, he’s not that mean to me. You know what, I’m just going to stay right here. I feel really comfortable here. So how can you get yourself to do the boldest thing? By drawing the most compelling picture, so when you look here, you’re in pain, it hurts. When you’re here, you’re ecstatic, it’s fantastic, you’re already living inside that connected and free life you drew. So, everyday, you get up, you soak in your picture, you step into the possibility, and this is the most important part, you act on it. You do one small thing. You call up that friend you know who started her own business, you ask her “How did you do it?” You ask Amy, “Will you support me in my vision?” You go to your boss and you ask him for a raise. And you become that one person out of ten to make change happen. Now, I put this template on your chairs, so that you can do for yourself what I just did for Joe. You’ve seen some fantastic ideas today that have inspired your dream. I dare you to draw that dream into that template. I double dare you to choose a symbol in your drawing that represents that desired new reality, take a picture of it with your phone and send it to us at TEDxRainier. Maya Angelou said, “A solitary fantasy can transform a million realities.” Just three bold steps can transform one reality, yours. Thank you. (Applause)

David Anderson

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100 thoughts on “Draw your future | Patti Dobrowolski | TEDxRainier

  1. Chims subtopewdiepie says:

    I am 13 and this is really interesting

  2. seema magan says:

    in hindi

  3. obe dan says:

    Love it!!

  4. Kristie O'Shea says:

    I love this exercise!  I've used it at different times in my life and it really works.  The most notable time was making a complete lifestyle change that included moving across the country, downsizing my lifestyle, and getting a completely new/different job.  It was definitely scary at times, but having a clear picture to focus on made all the difference.  Wishing you all the best with your personal journeys.

  5. raahulreddy says:

    man I want that kind of motivation everyday she is really coollll

  6. Osama Chess says:

    that ideas i was read about it before in the secret book

  7. Rikka Togashi says:

    super inspirational

  8. tominav says:

    Great, true and an inspirational speaker!

  9. Kenneth Kogut says:

    Patti, I liked your preso so much I watched it twice. I'll use this concept of yours in my personal life and in business. Thank you!

  10. One Who Knows Their Path says:

    I had intuitively came up with this about 2 years ago. Writing down list don't do much for me but pictures. I am huge at visualizing. I can clearly see with my minds eye. the issue is I can't draw. It looks stupid on paper. Can I draw it down and then get pictures to expand this kinda like a dream board but with purpose?

  11. Catherine Fortunatti says:

    I saw this video in August and I drew my dreams after that. Now I achieve one of them and I'm super proud! Thank you so much x

  12. moutasm bakri says:

    That what we call it….. motivation

  13. Jim Standingbear says:

    Hello tedxrainier my name is James L. StandingBear We have a concept of a self-sustaining, Creative, and Livable, style of communities, would like to send a diagram of this community to tedxrainier for your observation and questions. jlsb

  14. Feynbert says:

    thanks for this great video

  15. E. O. says:

    That's great, I did not know that "drawing" is the key, I just tried imagination and visualization. I hope it works

  16. mohmd yaz says:

    لماذا لا يوجد ترجمه للعربية فى هذا الفيديو؟

  17. Ruby Foxx says:

    Great talk! Thanks. I cannot draw whatsoever so my picture would look pathetic! soooo…would just visualising a scene or focusing on a desired image/picture be just as effective?

  18. azhar roomi says:


  19. النور عثمان says:

    Oh very very nice subject

  20. النور عثمان says:

    From this moment
    I,m going to draw my life

  21. Stephen Passman says:

    How do I send it to TEDxRainer?
    Thank you for this.

  22. redbornactive says:

    is that "Pablo Escobar" at 2:32 ? https://youtu.be/zESeeaFDVSw?t=152

  23. Ridho Nurwantara says:

    She looks like the vocalist of eurythmics!

  24. bertha ofei says:

    i came across this video 6 months ago when I was at a low point in my life, I drew my picture and 6 months down the line i like what I see

  25. Fiki Rottriana says:

    I will draw my picture with my desire a year from now. And see you in the next year Patti.

  26. Eyitayo Sulaiman says:

    Thanks a bunch Patti for this awesome and life changing video. Thought provoking and really inspiring…cheers

  27. Deepak Chawla says:

    Yes, it is true and Law of attraction is also said the same thing… whatever dream or vision you have in your life leave with that vision every day of your life and ask yourself that whatever I did the whole day and ask did it contribute to my vision, not…

  28. James Corden says:

    Here in 2017 and This is by far the BEST Ted Talk ever because it teaches us to ACT on what we learn and make a CHANGE!. This talk really helped me so much, i honestly got what i drew even though it didn't happen the way I expected it. I credit it to God and through the wisdom in this video …..Thank You So much Patti Dobrowolski and Ted!!!

  29. Dave Salera says:

    There is nothing more wonderful in this world than to believe a thing into existence.There is no creative energy more powerful in the universe.The constructive use of imagination is GOD in action.The true art of worship and adoration.

  30. diba afshar says:

    loved ıt

  31. Autumn Sunflower says:

    Interesting. What if you have more than 1 desire? Draw them separately or on the same page?

  32. Mui Mui says:

    i like it

  33. ilham adabi says:

    it's really fabulous thank you

  34. fasterprofits says:

    This presentation is brilliant, love it. Wish I could draw better 🙂

  35. Artistic Challenge says:

    Great speach!! I have seen this video in August 2016 and I have drown my dreams… I achived one and I am an Activity Coordinator 😀

  36. Gajapathi Dega says:

    Really great and an amazing vedio….. to change life.

  37. T D says:

    Genius! Visualize your Goal. BRAVO!!!

  38. Trevor K says:

    Another happy feel good chick talk that doesn't add up to squat. There are way better motivational speeches that actually have better information for listeners. Great energy and a good talk that doesn't add up to squat.

  39. Darlene Peckham says:

    What if you can't draw 🙁

  40. Stratos Asa says:

    Top notch!!

  41. Dhanashree Gurudu says:

    How specific can I dream or see my future?

  42. David Huynh says:

    Feels like I'm watching a Tai Lopez motivational video

  43. Lauren Jackson says:

    What if I’m terrible at drawing and both pictures look bad?! LOL

  44. Rachel Zarky says:

    Thank you for sharing truly inspiring message! I think I'll put my desired reality to paper and starting acting on my dreams!!

  45. Virgilia Pamutongan says:

    😃 got it so.Affirming. 👍
    May God be willing.
    In Jesus/your name.
    Amen. 🙆 🙇

  46. prashanth pk says:


  47. Virgilia Pamutongan says:


  48. Virgilia Pamutongan says:

    My favorite vedio tips.

  49. The Kaibaman says:

    Very inspiring!

  50. karaqi4 says:

    is this a kind of a vision board?

  51. Ar sita says:

    thanks for this video. it's really inspiring me and im going to pratice that…

  52. Piyush Kasliwal says:

    Tnk you so much its really lovely video

  53. Jolly Dgreat says:

    Thanks Patti..it really worked for me 😊

  54. Jonny says:

    "Look at your picture and then close your eyes." Absolutely amazing. Vision Boards. <3

  55. Ankit Ratawa says:

    She is a good artist

  56. Cassandra Uiselt says:

    I can't seem to find an Arabic translation for this…

  57. Dodoka PRJCTS. says:

    that was very important for me, mostly because i m 18 and choosing my path….thank you!

  58. princessa shida says:

    I love you Patti! Thank you!

  59. Anna Chappie says:

    Does anybody know where I can find this video with Spanish subtitles?

  60. anna lukashenkov says:

    where I can find subtitles in Hebrew?

  61. neda tahami says:

    Thank you for this wonderful video!!! I drew my dreams and vision in September 2017. Three of the things from my desired reality in my drawing have came true. Thank you for making this video and giving me hope that everything will be okay and my dreams will come true.

  62. neda tahami says:

    I want to send a copy of my drawing. Where do I send it?

  63. MGang TV says:

    John X Smith is next up don't hope on the band wagon when it's too late

  64. shamanic wolf says:

    love it creative art so right xx thank you for sharing x

  65. 273 tanuki says:


  66. Radheshyam Shukla says:


  67. Dionice Alves Pereira says:

    Fantastic! Thanks

  68. SherTheDugtrio_YT says:

    I drew the map,… my dream and my real life.

  69. Manuqtix Manuqtix says:


  70. Duchess Esperanza says:

    I drew mine and almost achieved all of my ideas. Looking forward to achieve more ; I'll be back in 3 months to tell you the main results

  71. Elkin Esteban Leiva says:

    Este video lo ví a principios de 2016. Me impacto. Hice con mucho cuidado y atención mi dibujo. Mi situación en este momento era muy difícil, sin embargo plasmé en la imagen sueños imposibles de conseguir en ese momento. Hoy, casi dos años después, 7 de las 8 cosas que dibujé ocurrieron, contra todo pronóstico. Todo fluyó increíblemente y no me estaba dando cuenta que lo estaba haciendo. Al mirar la imagen, no lo puedo creer. Ahora estoy haciendo mi nueva imagen para 2019. El poder de las imágenes da mucha claridad y creatividad, es indiscutible. He recomendado este video a mis mejores amigos pero he visto que no les parece algo importante. Saludos

  72. Lori Korstanje says:

    Wow just what I needed to hear as I embark on my dream!

  73. Veight Woofer says:

    This isn't really concrete. Nice inspiration.
    But what to do exactly?

  74. dzcafe says:

    I practiced this method in late November, by February of the following year I had sold almost everything I had and moved across the country to work with a fantastic non profit , making a difference with an under served community. A year later all is still good.

  75. Virgilia Pamutongan says:

    😊😃 👍

  76. EclipZe Muzik says:


  77. Britney K says:

    Oh my God i wish I had watched this the second it was posted. I'm definitely doing this in the the morning.

  78. Kaizen says:

    Thank you

  79. Sunghwan Lee says:

    I drew my future right after the video. I am sure that my life would change in my future.

  80. Spiritual Expresser says:

    she is an amazing lady

  81. Kayzie Sounds says:

    I watched this in 2016. At the time I was unemployed and hopeless. I drew my dreams. Now (2 years later) I run 2 successful businesses and I have over 10 employees. Thank you @Patti Dobrowolski for this video.

  82. Kavipriya M says:

    super video

  83. John M says:

    8:00 Nope. It's not immediate – if AT ALL.

  84. LT Huddon Design says:

    Loved your talk , I am s retired jewelry designer and want to complete my tutorial on Teaching my method of designing to others I wish I could go on Ted talk to explain why I feel my 62 years of designing was one of the best things that happened to me. I am a pro and never thought I was good enough until now.
    Patti I loved your talk and I am full of images. Your right and I am only learning it now at 80!years of age. I want to help others to grow faster and learn what I learned in a shorter period of time. Simple 1,2 and 3 your right that works in my field as well. Please look at my You Tube Page Laurence T. Huddon designer.
    Thank you from Bangkok Thailand
    Watch for my books , videos and my materials catalog.
    Also reach me at < [email protected]>
    Thank you and have a great day.
    Laurence T.Huddon -designer

  85. Navin Israni says:

    One of the most effective presentations, the material could have more depth though. I still liked it because she used intonation and gestures so well.

  86. Adam U says:

    she simply told us the strategy . thank u

  87. hot Caramel says:

    it looks like a 2 cup method and vision board variation. this is awesome.

  88. South Eagle / Urban Bboys says:


  89. amol more says:

    I like this idea very much..i also draw picture of my future and i seeit ,believe it and follow it…

  90. Eddy Juventino says:

    I watch this video many times….

  91. Stephen Smith says:

    Alignment to a single vision threatens the necessary variety that may be needed for dealing with inevitable surprises, especially if tens of thousands of employees within one company are 'aligned' with the boss' vision.

  92. Yazkin Lopez says:

    The best part FOR ME is minute 8:30 desk boss salary …. I realized I was too comfortable ! I was shocked . It is when I decide to quit my job and do what makes my happy

  93. Metin Buğra Köksal says:

    Today i watched this video. I am ready for change!

  94. Wafity says:

    Joe is god

  95. Ana Verona says:

    This is the Best!!! 💙🌊

  96. Kimberley 123 says:

    Is anyone here able to help me translate a lyric of mine into another language please? 🙂 <3

  97. Ritu Roy says:

    She reminds me of Ellen 😂

  98. Faza I says:


  99. Star Jet says:

    Has anyone tried using this in the classroom?

  100. Chino Lopez says:

    Only reason why im watching this is bc my schools making me for some homework assignment. Hopefully after watching this video i learn something

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