A young man asked Socrates the secret of Success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river
the next morning.
They met. Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river.
When the water got up to their necks, Socrates took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the
The man struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until he started turning blue. The
young man struggled hard and finally managed to get out and the first thing he did was to gasp and take
Socrates asked, “What you wanted the most when you were there?” The man replied, “Air.”
Socrates said, “that's the most secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted air, you
will get it. There is no other secret.”