Are you thirsty enough?

Plant sprouting out from cracked earth

We were chatting the other night, my daughter and I. “Dad,’ she said, “Do you know my friend’s father bought a Mercedes?”

“Good for him,” I said happily, “he deserves it.”

“How do you know?” she asked.

“I’ve seen him work hard,” I told her.

“And do you know something?” she asked, “This other friend of mine admires him for how he has come up.”

“Good for him,” I said wryly.

“And he plans to also get a Mercedes one day.”

“He won’t,” I said.

“Why?” she asked eyes flashing.

“Because he has no thirst to do well,” I said simply, “He is simply a dreamer. He has no thirst to do well!”

A man had an operation, and the doctor, by mistake, left a sponge in him. A friend asked him if he had any pain because of it. “No,” said the man, “but I sure do get thirsty.”

And that’s the kind of thirst you need to have, as if a sponge is inside you. Or like a man in the desert who hasn’t sipped a drop of water for hours. That and only that will help you succeed. It’s true, isn’t it, that the people who get thirsty — not for water or beverages — but thirsty to pursue a dream or achieve a goal, are the ones who eventually succeed.

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Robert Clements is a journalist and newspaper columnist. With an estimated 6 million readership, Bob’s Banter is published in over 30 newspapers and magazines in nearly every state in India, as well as in the top newspapers of Bangladesh, Dubai and Pakistan and is also translated into Hindi. He blogs at and can be reached at