Thursday, January 16, 2014

Motivation

This is my transitional week in my preparation for an up coming trail marathon, which basically means I am increasing my mileage (and I can certainly feel it). As the mikes increase within any transitional week there also comes the need for some motivation:


There was a young man who wanted to make a lot of money, and so he went to a guru. He told the guru he wanted to reach his level of greatness. And so the guru said: “If you want to be on the same level I’m on, I’ll meet you tomorrow at the beach.”


So the young man arrived at 4:00 a.m. He had on a suit, but he should have worn shorts. The old man grabbed his hand and said: “How bad do you want to be successful?” The young responded: “Badly.”


So the old man told the young man to walk out into the water. It was waist deep. The young man thought: “This old man is crazy.”


The young man said to himself: “I want to make money and this guy has me out here swimming. I didn’t ask to be a lifeguard. I want to make money.


Then the old man said: “Come out a little farther,” and the young man did so.


As the young man was up to his shoulders in water he again thought: “This old man is crazy! He’s making money, but he’s crazy.”


The old man said, “Come out a little farther.”


The young man obeyed, but wavered as if he might turn back.


So the old man said: “I thought you said you wanted to be successful?”


“I do,” said the student.


So the old man ordered the young man to come out even farther, and when he did he pushed the young man’s head under water and held it down. Although the young man fought, the old man would not let him up. Just before the young man passed out the old man raised his head above the surface and said: “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”


I don’t know how many of you have asthma today, but if you ever had an asthma attack before and you’re S.O.B. — you’ve got shortness of breath — and you’re wheezing, the only thing you’re trying to do is get some air. You don’t care about no basketball game. You don’t care what’s on TV.  You don’t care about anybody calling you. You don’t care about a party. The only thing you care about when you’re trying to breathe is to get some fresh air. That’s it. And when you get to the point where all you want to do is be successful as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.


~Eric Thomas

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