“When you want to succeed, as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful…”
When I was at the University of Windsor, I was really into following a particular motivational speaker/life coach, Eric Thomas. Very inspirational story, found himself homeless in the streets of Detroit and was able to turn his life around and now inspires people all over the world through different platforms.
One of his most common stories goes something like this:
There was a young man who went to a very successful, happy, wealthy man and said, “How did you become so successful, how do I be like you?” and the man told him to meet him on the beach the next morning. That morning, the young man showed up in a three piece suit and the older gentleman told him to go into the water, and when he did he dunked his head under until the young man started to squirm and panic for air. The older gentleman let him up and said to him, “Every time you want to give up on your goals, think about how badly you wanted to breathe while you were drowning. Remember that feeling of how badly you wanted to take another breath. When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, you’ll be successful at anything you want”.
I think of this story almost daily, every day we are faced with hard decisions where we need to take a second to ask ourselves how badly do we want this. How badly do we want our education? Bad enough to get up early? How badly do we want to provide for our family? Bad enough to put up with the boss you hate?
Remember my friends, when you want success as bad as you want to breathe, THAT is when you will find your dedication to your craft.