Seen in a meme:
“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.”
It’s a quote by Eric Thomas from his book, “The Secret to Success”.
To be fair, I’m uncertain of the context of this quote within the book, but as a stand alone saying, it’s incomplete.
Intense desire can provide the motivation to act, but without action, desire — like wishful thinking — does very little.
One can want to succeed as badly as they want to breathe, but without being both willing and able to take the steps and make the sacrifices necessary to meet their goal, one won’t survive the road to success long enough to arrive at their desired destination.
The desire to breathe doesn’t keep people from drowning. Taking the steps necessary to get oxygen and stay afloat does. And this starts with learning how to swim.
An intense desire to be successful does not ensure success. One must be willing and able to learn & commit to the actions necessary to achieve it.
You can read a million motivational sayings to pump yourself up — or echo them to others until you’re blue in the face — but that won’t change anything unless you take action and consistently change your behavior.
- Motivation & achievement
- Fueling one’s fire from within
- The results of your actions speak louder than words
- Knowing something doesn’t get you results until you apply it.
- What I’ve learned about determination & commitment
- “I have no opportunities.”
- “I can’t do that”
- “It’s too late.”
- ‘If Plan A doesn’t work out…’
- If you want something extraordinary
- Energy flows where attention goes.
- Stop wishing for more time
- What you do in your free time determines what you’ll be doing when you don’t have a choice.
- Who is in charge?
- If you have the power to change something that is holding you back, and you don’t…
- Self-imposed limitations: A tough pill to swallow