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The secret to success

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This is a wonderful story about a boy who asks a monk what the secret to success is? Do you know the answer?


A boy asked a monk what the secret of success is. After listening to the question and thinking, the monk responded by saying, “I’ll tell you tomorrow. Meet me by the river, and I’ll tell you the secret.”

So they meet the next morning, and they walk into the river until eventually, the boy is over his nose with water. The monk turns around and forces the boy’s head under the water. And the boy is scrambling to get out and fighting to get out and doing whatever we can to get out and eventually the monk pulls him up.

“So what are you scrambling for? What are fighting for?” The boy pauses and goes, “Air!” At which point, the monk says, “When you fight as much for success as you did for air, that’s the secret to success.”


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2100 episodes. He also hosts Job Search TV on YouTube, Amazon and Roku, as well as on for Apple TV, and 90+ smart sets.

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