What do fame, power, money, winning, or having a nice family with a house and white picket fence have in common? They are all things different individuals use to define success. This success is something that most everyone wants to gain, but few actually obtain. There is an old story about the need for success that has been made somewhat famous in recent years by an amazing motivational speaker Eric Thomas, whom I highly recommend checking out if you ever need some motivation or general life advice. I wanted to share this story with you to not necessarily remind you why you want to succeed, but how much you have to want to succeed to truly become successful.
The story begins with a young man that longs for success. The young man decides to seek the counsel of an old Guru, hoping to gain wisdom on the matter. The Guru instructs the young man to meet him at the beach next day at sunrise. Puzzled, but intrigued, the young man wakes up early to meet the guru at the beach. The first thing the Guru tells the young man to do is to walk out into the water. The young man, baffled, looked at the guru and said, “I’m not here to learn to swim, I want to make money. I asked you to teach me to be successful.” The guru merely nodded towards the water and began to walk with the man out into the waves. As the water reached their necks the guru pushed the young man’s head down below the water and held it there. He held him under water so long the man felt as if he were going to pass out. When the guru then let go, and the man came flaring out of the water gasping, “Are you trying to kill me? I needed to breathe!” The guru smiled, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.”