There was once a boy who wanted to seek the secret of success. One day he approached a wise man living up in the mountain.

When he found the wise man at the hut, he asked, “Wise man, can you tell me the secret to becoming successful in life?”

The wise man was silent for a while. After a moment of silence, the wise man led the young lad to a nearby river. They kept walking into the river until the boy’s head was fully submerged in the water. The boy struggled to keep his head above the water. To his astonishment, the wise man did not help him. Instead, the wise man held the boy’s head in the water. After a few minutes the wise man pulled the boy out of the water and they proceeded to walk back to the hut.

At the hut the wise man asked the young boy what he desired most when his head was submerged in water. To this the young boy quickly responded, “Of course, I wanted to breathe, you old fool!”
To which the wise man replied, “Son, if you desire success as much as you wanted to breathe, then you would have found the true secret of success”