A young man wanted to know how to be successful. He was sent to a wiseman who made him promise to follow his instructions very carefully. He agreed and the wiseman took him to a body of water. The wiseman asked him to kneel down in the water and submerge his head. Once under the water, the wiseman grabbed his head so he couldn't come up for a breath. After the young man flailed and fought for a minute, the wiseman released him, threw him up on the bank, and started walking away.
"You crazy old man!! How did THAT teach me how to be successful?!"
The wiseman turned and said, "You will be successful if you want something as bad as you wanted that breath of air."