How Thirsty Are You?
A man had an operation, and the doctor, by mistake, left a sponge in
him. A friend asked him if he had any pain because of it. "No," said
the man, "but I sure do get thirsty."
Isn't it wonderful when we get thirsty - not for water, but thirsty
to chase a dream or to so something different? I think it is those
people who crave something with an unquenchable thirst who, in the
end, are likely to be most satisfied with their lives.
Author Napoleon Hill said, "Desire is the starting point of all
achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire
which transcends everything." He is really talking about a deep
Alan C. Elliott tells in his book A DAILY DOSE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM
about a five-year study that was undertaken to discover what made
some people extraordinarily successful. The study consisted of
detailed research into the lives of 120 of the nation's top artists,
athletes, and scholars.
He reports that the researcher was surprised to find that natural
abilities played only a small part in the development of those
individuals. As children, these unusually successful adults were
often mediocre musicians, athletes or students. But research found
that they possessed a powerful thirst to succeed. They practiced the
piano for hours every day, rose well before school in the morning to
practice swimming or running, or spent huge chunks of time alone
(time they could have spent hanging out with friends) working on
science projects or painting.
Parental support was also a key factor. Parents of these
extraordinarily thirsty young people helped out, exposing their
children to great ideas and influential persons. Many sacrificed to
ensure that their offspring received good training. But in the end,
it was their children's thirst and single-mindedness that made the
The principle applies to adults, too. If you want to be more
successful, the question you might first ask yourself is, "How
thirsty am I?" Your success in any field you choose, anything you
want to be or anything you want to do will hinge on your answer to
that simple question.
How thirsty are you?
~ Steve Goodier ~
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