The Story of the Guru
There was a young man who wanted to make a lot of money, and so he went to a guru….
He told the guru, “I wanna be on the same level that you’re on.”
And so the guru said, “If you wanna be on the same level that I’m on, I’ll meet you tomorrow at the beach at 4 am.”
The man thought, The beach. I said I wanna make money, I don’t wanna swim.
But the young man got there at 4 am, all ready to rock and roll.
The old guru grabbed his head. “How bad do you want to be successful?”
So the guru said, “Walk on out in the water.”
So he walks out into the water, about waist deep. He said to himself, This man’s crazy. I wanna make money, he’s got me out here swimming. I didn’t ask to be a lifeguard. I wanna make money.
The guru said “Come out a little further.” So he did. He was up right about at the shoulder area.
He thought, this old guru is crazy. He’s making money, but he’s crazy.
The guru said, “Come out a little further”. He came out a little further. He was right at his mouth.
The young man was like, “I’m about to go back in. This man’s out of his mind.”
But the guru shouted, “I thought you wanted to be successful!”
He said, “I do!”
The guru said, “Walk a little further…”
He came, and the guru dropped his head in the water. He Held him down, and was holding him under. The man was scratching, clawing, fighting to get up. The guru kept him down under water. And just before the young man was about to pass out the guru raised him up.
The Guru said, “I got a question for you. When you were under water, what was the only thing you wanted to do? More than anything?”
He said, “I wanted to breathe.”
The guru said “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful”.