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There was a young man, and 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 are.”


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 got there at 4 a.m., he’s all ready to rock and roll. He wore a suit. He should’ve worn shorts. The old man grabs his hand and says, how bad you want to be successful? He said, “Real bad.” He said, “Walk on out into the water.”

So he walks on out into the water and, watch this, when he walks out into the water he goes waist-deep. So he’s like, this guy’s crazy.

He’s like, “Man, I want to make money, you got me out here swimming. I didn’t ask to be a lifeguard. I want to make money.”

So he said, “Come on out a little further.”

He walked out a little further. He had it right around his stomach area. Said, “This old man’s crazy. He makes money but he’s crazy.”

“Come out a little further.”

He came out a little further, it’s right at his mouth. He’s like, “I’m about to go back in, this guy is wild.”

The old man said, “I thought you said you want to be successful.”

He said, “I do!”

He said, “Walk a little further.”

He came, dropped his head in, held him down, holding him down, my man’s kicking and scratching, he held him down, just before my man’s about to pass out, he raised him up. He said, I got a question for you. He told the guy, he 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 ya’ll got asthma in here today, but if you ever had an asthma attack, you’re short of breath—S.O.B., shortness of breath—and you’re wheezin’, the only thing your’e 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 nobody calling you. You don’t care about a party. The only thing you care about when you’re trying to breathe is to try 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.

And I’m here to tell you that some of you want to be successful, but you don’t want it bad. You just kinda want it. You don’t want it badder than you want a 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 today if you’re going to be successful, you’ve gotta be willing willing to give up sleep. You’ve got to be willing to work off three hours of sleep, two hours of sleep.

If you really want to be successful, some days 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 gotta want it.

You gotta want to be successful so bad that you forget to eat.

Beyonce said once she was on the set, doing her thing, three days had gone by, she forgot she didn’t’ eat. Because she was engaged.

I’ll never forget, when 50 Cent had one of his movies out, I was doing a little research on 50, 50 said, that when he wasn’t doing the movie he was doing the soundtrack. They said, when do you sleep, 50? He said, Sleep? Sleep is for those people who are broke. I don’t sleep. I got an opportunity to make a dream become a reality.

Don’t cry or quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt! Get a reward from it! Don’t go to sleep until you succeed!

Listen to me, 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 arenever going to 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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