the secret to success

Once a young man asked the wise scholar, Socrates, the secret to success. Socrates patiently listened to the man’s question and told him to meet him near the river the next morning for the answer. The next morning Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river. As they went in the river and the water got up to their neck level, Socrates stopped, and much to the young man’s surprise, he ducked him into the water.

The young man struggled to get out of the water, but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue. Socrates pulled the man’s head out of the water. The young man gasped and took a deep breath of air. Socrates asked, ‘What did you want the most when your head was in the water?” The young man trying to regain his sense replied, “Air.” Socrates said, “That is the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted the air while you were in the water, then you will get it. There is no other secret.”


So, let me ask you a question: How badly do you want success? 

You see, success demands passion — a burning desire. 

Napoleon Hill wrote, “Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win – essential to success.”

Without a burning desire within you, you will never be able to accomplish any significant feat in your life. 

Just like a tiny flame cannot provide us with much heat, a weak and casual desire can never produce massive results. You have to ignite a raging bonfire of discipline and desire within you, you have to give it your all. Only then you will attain favorable outcomes and equip yourself to join the league of the elite and extraordinary.