The Secret to Success

A while back I ran across a story that caught my eye, commanded my attention, and stuck with me.

It goes like this:

A long time ago a young man asked Socrates, an ancient Greek philosopher, the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met and Socrates invited the young man to walk with him into the river. When the water got up to their necks, Socrates took the young man by surprise and dunked him under the water. The boy struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue. Socrates pulled his head out of the water and the first thing the young man did was gasp and take a deep breath of air.

Socrates asked, “What did you want the most when you were there?”

The boy replied, “Air.”

Socrates said, “That is the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted the air, then you will get it.” There is no other secret.

Moral of the story: A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishment. Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results.

Nurture the desires that will motivate you to achieve your dreams. Don’t be afraid to DREAM BIG!


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