Socrates’ Secret to Success

This article was written by Johnny C, on July 19, 2012


The story I am about to tell you,
I cannot take credit for.
It was imparted to me long ago,
by a wise person since forgotten.


As I remember it, Socrates’ secret to success goes something like this.

[blockquote]One day a bright student wishing to be successful put this question to Socrates.
“Teacher, I have studied many years with you and even though I have learned many things I still have not learned the secret to success or what it really takes to be successful. Please train me in this mystery.”

Socrates looked at his student with a thoughtful expression and after a long pause, he responded. “My son, the secret is within each one of us if we only truly want it. If you walk with me, I will take you to the river of life and show you.”

They walked side by side in silence for a while and upon reaching the river Socrates spoke. “My son, bend down here by the edge of the river and stare deeply at these flowing waters.” As the student bent down beside the river Socrates took him by the neck and plunged his head into the water. After only a few seconds (that felt like eternity to the young man), he started struggling to get his head out of the water. He writhed under the grasp of Socrates, gasping for a breath.

After a couple of minutes, suddenly some inner strength burst into the young man and he pushed himself out of the water and gulped in precious air. After a few deep breaths he composed himself and pondered what had just happened. Was his teacher mad at him? What other reason would he act so strange?

The student blurted out, “Why did you do that!”

Socrates answered rhetorically, “While your head was underwater, what was the one thing you wanted more than anything in life?”

“To take a breath of air to be able to stay alive.”, he said.

Then Socrates revealed his secret, plain as day.
“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.”[/blockquote]


The secret to success is only in wanting and working for it.

This truth is the same for preneed sales.
The more you want it, the harder you will have to work at it.
It is not easy. But the rewards in helping our funeral homes and families are rich and fulfilling.


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