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In this TED talk, Derek Sivers argues that by sharing our goals with others we are giving ourselves a feeling of getting it done, when in fact, we are no closer to actually accomplishing our goal. This feeling of getting closer to your goal hurts your chances of actually reaching your goal since you find yourself less motivated than you should be, thinking that you're closer than you actually are. Listening to this talk got me thinking about my immediate goal of getting to grad school. Does sharing that goal with others make me feel closer to my goal, when I should in fact be working a lot harder than I am to get to that goal? I don't know, but thinking about it definitely makes me want to work harder at what I need to do to get it done (like finishing my SoP and preparing for the GRE subject test). What do you think?