DESIRE TO LEARN–Inspiration Story of Socrates

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”

A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishments. Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results.

Do not let fear stand in your way. You can do whatever your heart desires if you believe in yourself, make daily commitments, have a plan and take action. You may stumble or fall face down, but so what? Get up and try again. Get up and laugh and say, “ Okay, that did not work. What do I try next?”, then keep going. There will be tough moments and if you choose, you’ll get through them.

Look at little children who are learning to walk. They fall time and again and still get up and try again until they have mastered this task. As adults, we need to become our champion. We can encourage ourselves, be positive and be the victor. You just have to choose which way want to live, then do it.



Once there was an eager student who wanted to gain wisdom and insight. He went to the wisest person of town, Socrates, to seek his counsel. Socrates was very knowledgeable. When the boy asked him how he, too, could acquire wisdom, Socrates being a man of few words, chose not to speak but to illustrate.

He took the child to the beach and with all of his clothes still on, walked straight into the water. Socrates loved to do curious things like that, especially when he was trying to prove a point. The boy followed his instructions and walked into the sea, joining Socrates where the water was just below their chins. Without saying a word, Socrates reached out and put his hands on the boy’s shoulders. Looking deep into his students eyes, Socrates pushed the students head under the water with all his might.

A struggle ensued, and was getting serious when, Socrates released his captive, who rose to the surface gasping and choking for air. Looking around for Socrates, he was bewildered to see that the old man was waiting patiently on the beach. When the body caught up with him, he angrily shouted, “Why did you try to kill me?” The wise man calmly retorted with a question of his own: “Boy, when you were underneath the water, not sure if you would live to see another day, what did you want more than anything in the world?” The boy took a few moments to reflect, then went with his intuition. Softly he said, “I wanted to breathe.” Socrates looked at the boy with a huge smile and said, “Ah!! When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you wanted to breathe, then you shall have it.”

Remember, the motivation to succeed comes from the burning desire to achieve the goal.