One Sunday afternoon a young man came across a wise sage. The young man asked the sage if he could show him the path to success. The sage said, if you really want to know the path, meet me at the river tomorrow morning.
On the next day, the young man arrived early to the river, excited about what he was going to learn.
The sage and the young man then got into a boat and went down the river. After a few minutes, the young man said, I’m ready to learn; teach me the way of success.
The sage said, I will teach you, and he pushed the young man out of the boat and into the river. The sage then jumped into the river and pushed the young man’s head under the water. The young man fought and fought, but the sage kept the young man’s head under.
Finally, the young man broke free and came to the top of the water. He asked the sage, what are you trying to do, kill me; I just wanted to know the way of success.
The sage said, when you fight for success, like you were just fighting for your life, you will find it.
The point I’m trying to make is this, if success is not critical to you, you won’t find it. You have to fight for it with everything that you have, because it won’t come easy. You must have a white hot burning desire in order to achieve the unachievable. There’s a quote that says, “The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he may breathe without letting go.”
To succeed you have to be like that Bulldog. You have to have a “no-give-up” mentality; you have to fight for what you want, like everything is depending on it.