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One morning in my swimming class, I was reminded of a famous story of a young man who once asked Socrates, an ancient Greek philosopher, about the true secret of success.
Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river. He then requested him to stare at the flowing waters. As the young man bent to stare, Socrates took the young man by surprise by plunging his head into the water.
After a few seconds, the young man struggled hard, writhed and finally managed to get up. The first thing he did was to gasp and take a deep breath.
Socrates asked, ''While your head was underwater, what was the one thing you wanted more than anything in life?''
The man replied, ''To take a breath of air to stay alive.'' Socrates said, ''It is just as I told you earlier. The secret to success is already inside all of us. When you desire success as much as you wanted that breath of air, you will be successful.''
This is the whole success philosophy packaged in a nutshell. This is what we call a ''compelling reason'' to act. In the story, the compelling reason for the boy was to stay alive, enough reason for him to struggle to rise above the water.
Usually, when people experience failures, be it in projects, job interviews, business or life, they easily think about quitting. They fail to realize that the true secret of success emerges from how strong your compelling reason is to drive your efforts towards it.
If you have not attained success so far and are thinking about quitting, remember not to change your ''destination'' but to change the ''compelling reason'' behind it. Success is not so far!
• Take action to be successful personally and professionally
• Remember to persevere and develop the courage to go on
• Find mentors who will guide you to achieve your career goals
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Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is a Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company