how bad do you want to be successful?

半个月前看的一个NBA视频,配音用的是 Eric Thomas 的一段励志演讲.

There was a young man who, you know, he wanted to make a lot of
money so he went to this guru, right? He told the guru, “I want to
be on the same level you’re on”. And so the guru said, "If you want
to be on the same level I’m on, I'll meet you tomorrow at the
So the young man got there at 4 A.M, all ready to rock and roll,
got on a suit when he shoulda wore shorts. The old man grabs his
hand and says, “How bad do you want to be successful?” He said,
“Real bad” The old man says, “Walk on out into the water.”
So he walks on out into the water, waist deep. So, to himself, he’s
like, “This guy is crazy” He’s thinkin’, “I wanna make money, he’s
got me out here swimming. I don’t want to be a life guard, I want
to make money.” The old man says, “Come out a little further.” He
walked out a little further, out to his shoulder area. He’s
thinking, “This old man is crazy, he’s makin’ money but he’s
crazy.” The old man says, “Come out a little further.” He came out
a little further, it’s right at his mouth and he’s thinking, “I’m
about to go right back, this guy's out of his mind.” So the old man
said, “I thought you wanted to be successful?” He said, “I do!” The
old man said, “Walk a little further.”
He did, he walked a little further. The old man grabbed his head,
under water, held him down, the guy was kickin’ and scratchin’,
still holding him down, he had him held down and just before he was
about to pass out the old man raised him up.
“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breath, then you’ll
be successful.”
I don’t know how many of you have asthema (ASMA), you have a
asthema attack, you’re short of breath, you’re weezin’, the only
thing you’re trying to do is get some air. You don’t care about no
basketball games, you don’t care what’s on TV, you don’t care about
a party. The only thing you care about when you’re trying to
breathe is to get some fresh air, that’s it. And when you get to
the point of when you want to be successful as bad as you want to
breathe, then you’ll be successful.
And I’m here to tell you, number one, that most of you say want to
be successful but you don’t want it bad, you just kind of want it.
You don’t want it badder than you want to party, you don’t want it
as much as you want to be cool, most of you don’t want success as
much as you want to sleep! Some of you love sleep more than you
love success. And I’m here to tell you that if you’re going to be
successful you’ve got to be willing to give up sleep.
You got to be willing to work off of three hours, two hours, of
sleep. If you really want to be successful somedays you’re going to
have to stay up for three days in a row! Because if you go to sleep
you might miss the opportunity to be successful. That’s how bad you
have to want it. You’ve got to want it so bad that somedays you
forget to eat.
Beyonce said once, on set, that three days had gone by and she was
just doing her thing, she had forgotten to eat! Because she was
engaged with her work.
When 50 Cent was doing his movie, did a little research, that when
he wasn’t doing his movie, he was doing his soundtrack. And they
said, “When do you sleep 50!?”
“Sleep?!”, he said, “Sleep?! Sleep is for those people who are
broke. I don’t sleep. I got an opportunity to make a dream a
Don’t try to quit. You’re already in pain, you’re already hurt, get
a reward from it! Don’t go to sleep until you succeed. I’m here to
tell you today you can come here, you can jump up, you can be
excited when we give away money but listen to me you will never be
successful if I have to give you a dime to do what you do. You
won’t be successful until you say “I don’t need that money cause I
got it in here!”