How bad do you want to be successful ?


Today, I would like to speak about one of the best motivation’s video which exists on youtube: How bad do you want it ?

Obviously, there is not just one way to see ” the success ”, but if I particulary chose this one, it’s cause’ it responds in what people are looking for when they speaking about sucess. The moral of this video can be apply in every domain of your life, as well as in all you do. Futhermore, considering that youtube’s videos can be delete at any moment, I decided that was the good time to share it. You’ll find below, the retranscription of the text as it is explained in the video. The athlete of this video is Giavanni Ruffin.



Aujourd’hui je vais vous parler d’une des meilleures voire même la meilleure vidéo de motivation qui existe actuellement sur YouTube, intitulée: A quel point voulez vous RÉUSSIR?

Bien évidemment, il n’y a pas qu’une seule manière de concevoir la réussite, mais si je vous ai choisi cette vidéo, c’est qu’elle répond selon moi aux attentes de ceux qui n’attendent qu’une seule chose dans la vie, la RÉUSSITE. La morale de cette vidéo peut s’appliquer dans tout les domaines de votre vie, ainsi que dans tout ce que vous entreprenez. De plus, sachant que les vidéos sur youtube ont pour la plupart une durée de vie limitée c’est à dire qu’elles peuvent être supprimées à tout moment, je me suis dit qu’il était temps de vous en faire profiter. Vous trouverez ci-dessous la retranscription du texte tel qu’il est dit dans la vidéo. Puis pour ceux qui ne comprennent (toujours) pas l’anglais n’ayez crainte, il y a des sous-titres déjà incorporés dans cette vidéo. L’athlète en question n’est autre que Giavanni Ruffin.

Edited Text, ‘How bad do you want it (Success)’:

There was a young man who wanted to make a lot of money, and so he went to a guru. He told the guru he wanted to reach his level of greatness. And so the guru said: “If you want to be on the same level I’m on, I’ll meet you tomorrow at the beach.”

So the young man arrived at 4:00 a.m. He had on a suit, but he should have worn shorts. The old man grabbed his hand and said: “How bad do you want to be successful?” The young responded: “Badly.”

So the old man told the young man to walk out into the water. It was waist deep. The young man thought: “This old man is crazy.”

The young man said to himself: “I want to make money and this guy has me out here swimming. I didn’t ask to be a lifeguard. I want to make money.

Then the old man said: “Come out a little farther,” and the young man did so.

As the young man was up to his shoulders in water he again thought: “This old man is crazy! He’s making money, but he’s crazy.”

The old man said, “Come out a little farther.”

The young man obeyed, but wavered as if he might turn back.

So the old man said: “I thought you said you wanted to be successful?”

“I do,” said the student.

So the old man ordered the young man to come out even farther, and when he did he pushed the young man’s head under water and held it down. Although the young man fought, the old man would not let him up. Just before the young man passed out the old man raised his head above the surface and said:“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”

I don’t know how many of you have asthma today, but if you ever had an asthma attack before and you’re S.O.B. — you’ve got shortness of breath — and you’re wheezing, the only thing you’re trying to do is get some air. You don’t care about no basketball game. You don’t care what’s on TV.  You don’t care about anybody calling you. 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 where all you want to do is be successful as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.

Most of you say you 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 want sleep more than you want success. And I’m here to tell you today that if you want to be successful you got to be willing to give up sleep.

You have to be willing to work off of three hours of sleep, two hours of sleep. If you really want to be successful, some day you’re going to have to stay up three days in a row because if you go to sleep you might miss the opportunity to be successful. That’s how bad you got to want it.

Listen to me. You’ve got to want to be successful so bad, you forget to eat.

Beyonce said one day she was on the set doing her thing and three days went by. She forgot that she didn’t eat because she was engaged.

I’ll never forget, when 50 Cent was doing his movie I did a little research on him and 50 said when he wasn’t doing the movie, he was doing the soundtrack. And they said: “When do you sleep, 50?”

He said: “Sleep? Sleep is for those people who are broke. I don’t sleep.” He said, “I have an opportunity to make a dream become a reality.”

Don’t 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 that you can come here, you can jump up, you can do flips, you can be excited when we give out money but listen to me: You will never be successful until I don’t 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 because I got it in here.”



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