Once upon a time, there was a boy who yearned to know the secret of success. He went to a wise old man and asked him for guidance.
The wise man listened to the boy and then directed him to meet him at the river the next morning. The boy followed his instructions, and the two of them set out on a journey toward the river.
As they walked, the boy eagerly anticipated the wise man’s answer to his question. When they reached the river, the wise man led him into the water until it covered their mouths and noses.
Suddenly, the wise man plunged the boy’s head underwater. The boy panicked, struggling to find a way out. In his fear, he felt a fish brush his leg, causing him to thrash even harder.
Finally, the wise man pulled the boy’s head above water. The boy gasped for air, his heart pounding with fear and relief.
The wise man asked the boy, “What were you fighting for when you were underwater?”
The boy replied, “Air!”
The wise man smiled and said, “My dear boy, that is the secret of success. When you want success as badly as you wanted air, then you will find a way to obtain it.”
The boy realized that success requires a burning desire and relentless pursuit. He learned that he must work hard, persevere through obstacles, and never give up on his dreams.
And so, the boy left the river with a newfound determination to achieve his goals. He knew that if he could desire success as passionately as he had desired air, then nothing could stop him from achieving his dreams.
Dear Reader and Friend,
What are your goals? Is your passion for achieving it as strong as your desire for air if submerged under water? Are you unstoppable? Rather than dissipating your energy into mastering and practising the various habits that lead to success, here is one you can lock down and own- Regularly ask yourself if your passion to achieve the goals set before you is equivalent to your desire to breathe. The same intensity with which you choose to live in is the same intensity you will choose to succeed.
Success happens only when you give yourself no other choice – Adeolu Akinyemi.
“Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” – Arnold H. Glasow.