A young man traveled to India because he’d heard there was a wise old man living up on a mountain who held the secret of success. He climbed all the way to the mountain’s peak, where he found the old man gazing out at the world.
“Sir,” he said, “Could you teach me the secret to success? What do I have to do to be successful?” The old man looked at him and said, “Son, come with me,” and they climbed down the mountain until they reached a river. Suddenly the old man grabbed the young man by the back of his shirt collar, plunged his head under the water, and held him there, kicking and thrashing, until the poor kid felt he was on the verge of drowning.
At that point, the guru pulled him out and hauled him onto the riverbank, where he sat, spitting, coughing, and trembling.
The older man waited until the young man had recovered enough to listen, and he said, “Son, when you want to succeed as bad as you wanted to breathe just now, that’s when you will have achievement in your life.”
From Rita Davensport Book, Funny Side Up.