How desperate are you for success?

Posted On December 19, 2006 | Written by Emmanuel Oluwatosin

Are you still failing in your attempts to get rich or [tag]succeed[/tag] despite the fact that you honestly desire an improvement in your life? Wait… you might be mistaking wishing for really wanting. Wishful thinking is what most people do. A wish is weak, changeable and passive. It doesn’t yield to concrete action. It is not strong enough to eliminate procrastination.

Wanting something spurs you to attention. It creates a sense of urgency in you. It doesn’t tolerate delay and it bypasses obstacles. If you have fallen short in every attempt you have made to succeed, ask yourself this question: did you mistake wishing for wanting?

A protege once asked his mentor what it takes to get wisdom. The mentor led him to a river and plunged his head under the water. After a few seconds, this anxious protege began struggling, afraid that he was going to drown. But the mentor continued to hold his head under the water. The protege started struggling even harder. Finally, the mentor let go of him just before he would have drowned and asked him, “when your head was under the water, what did you most want?“. “To breathe,” the frightened protege answered.

Well, there you have it. This is exactly how much you must want wisdom“.

This applies perfectly to every phase of your life. Life gives you what you sincerely want. If you are content with a mediocre situation, you will never get out of it. No one will come to your rescue, giving you your ideal job or a million naira from the goodness of their heart. Many successful people had difficulty and improverished childhoods. They felt humilated by their inferior social status. Their desire to rise above poverty and never to be penniless again was so intense that it helped them to [tag]become wealthy[/tag].

Their dissatisfaction and frustration became highly productive. It can work like this for you. Besides, if you are still reading up to this point, it is because you are not perfectly satisfied with your present situation. Only feeble-minded are perfectly happy. You should not afraid to bring your disatisfaction into the open. The dreams you carry and nourish in your heart are part of you. They are actually the most noble part of you. Be ready to show your discontentment. Your dream must not become vague, irresolute or stagnant. Make it fuel in turn the action you will take.

4 Responses

  1. Thanks Sham. Those who make things happen have learnt to take their destiny into their hands. They know what they want, understand the price to be paid and are willing to pay the price. They don’t just sit and wait. They do something every day in line with their goals. And that explains why they keep getting results.

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