by Steve Goodier
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
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 difference.
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 Publisher@LifeSupportSystem.com
is a professional
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