The secret of success!

by Stephen on June 11, 2012 · 26 comments

in Awakening

A young man asked Socrates, an ancient Greek philosopher, 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 toward the river.

When the water got up to their necks, Socrates took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water. The man struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him under water until he started turning blue.

The young man struggled hard and finally managed to get up. The first thing he did was to gasp and take a deep breath.

Socrates asked, “What did you want the most when you were under the water?”

The man replied “Air”.

Socrates said: “That’s the most secret to success. When you want success as badly as you want air, you will get it. There is no other secret”.



A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishments. Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results…

More about Socrates:

Socrates is a famous ancient Greek philosopher. He was born in Athens in 469 BC and was killed (by poison) in 399 BC (about 71 years old) because the government didn’t agree with his teaching. Socrates is widely credited for laying the foundation for Western philosophy.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Divyansh June 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

It is a very good story for students…!!! 🙂

2 Mima June 19, 2012 at 11:23 am

Such a nice story…with a great wisdom…

If we want something badly..we have to struggle for it…

3 Ken wa Nyabuto June 25, 2012 at 4:52 am

Out of struggle comes successs….

4 Mesh June 28, 2012 at 4:02 am

It’s a very nice story.

5 Sylvia June 28, 2012 at 9:21 am

I love the story.. I really appreciate the moral lesson it gives..thank you!

6 Krishna August 10, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Very nice

7 Pratap November 5, 2012 at 10:13 am

Wow very nice story…… I am very happy to read it.

8 Nandu February 14, 2013 at 11:40 pm


9 Anjali March 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Useful in every walk of life….

10 Sir April 7, 2013 at 3:47 am

Socrates was the father of wisdom.

11 Chris June 19, 2013 at 8:33 am

I like the story, it inspire me…thank you.

12 Lisa August 1, 2013 at 11:27 pm

The moral of the story is not struggling for sucess at all, socrates was saying that when you want sucess as badly as u need to breath, then it will come… Simple 🙂 and what a good lesson that is if you infact interpret it correctly.

13 Anirban October 18, 2013 at 1:11 am

Thank you for this story I got my answer from this story.

14 Arvind Hotkar November 10, 2013 at 9:31 am

A story which touch to heart and bring impact on our mind to turn towards success. The success always walk with everyone (surrounding). The person who wants success that man always walks on his right path and try to catch correct opportunity to get success in our pocket.

15 Titto santana November 11, 2013 at 11:53 pm

I am inspired… for sure failing is the start of success.. so long as one doesn’t give up.

16 Virender November 13, 2013 at 11:36 am

These stories are changing myself (a child to complete social responsible men)… have no words…. thanx… so much…. carry.. on your great.. work…

17 Pratistha bhagat January 16, 2014 at 2:22 am

Breathtaking …. the story is one of the best lines I have listened in my life…. the last lines are like diamond or any precious stone …. now I want to become like socrates….. he’s my idol. Love the words!!!! and it’s righty described that if you want success badly as air you will get it…. I am very much inspired thnx thnx…

18 Abrham February 3, 2014 at 1:13 am

Just wow

19 Fidel March 26, 2014 at 2:13 pm

I love it. So go for succes like air .. we need to be succesful.

20 Farin May 19, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Amazing 🙂

21 Varaprakasam July 7, 2014 at 10:03 am

Truly a fantastic story. It is suitable for all irrespective of age.

22 Dharshan September 2, 2015 at 10:50 am

Fantastic, amazing and I love it, just wow, I am inspired.

23 Soumya September 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm


24 Ameya October 12, 2015 at 1:52 pm

Amazing story ?

25 Kajal Singh January 20, 2017 at 12:56 pm

A true motivational story. I like the moral of the story that is there is no secret of success.If ur desire of getting success is strong u will definitely find the success.

26 Venky February 1, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Very nice thanks for giving this

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