“The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion… It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thought upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.”

– Alexander Graham Bell

Hunger to succeed is personal and private and either you have it now or you have to find a way to have it if you want to succeed in the long run.

When you are Hungry, You Flow Like a River

A river keeps flowing. It does not care about what is happening around – flowing is what it knows and it keeps doing that. When there is an obstacle along it’s path, a river simply takes an alternate route and keeps flowing.

When there is an obstacle on the alternate path, a river takes another alternate path again. It keeps flowing until it reaches its destination.

When you are hungry enough, you become like a river. You won’t stop until you reach your goals.

Setbacks and obstacles are there but they are not going to stop you.

When you are Hungry, You Invest in Yourself

One of the good side effects is that you will start investing in your own development and growth.

The world around all of us is changing rapidly and you and I need to change ourselves even to stay relevant to the current times.

If you are hungry, you won’t whine and complain about when you need to change – you are open and welcome change and never hesitate to invest in yourself.

When you are Hungry, You Prepare More

Hunger brings in more curiosity. You want to learn more. As someone in sales, this will serve you very well because your prospects and customers respect someone selling to them is well prepared.

It is easier to sell when you truly know and believe in what you are selling and the fastest way you can get there is with more preparation. 

When you are Hungry, You Get More Support

You may have noticed this – when you are hungry, people are more willing to support you AND generally more people are willing to support you. The quantity and quality of help goes up significantly.


Because people want to help someone when they know that they are convinced that their help will actually MATTER and you will make the most out of the help you receive.  

Your hunger makes you soak up all the good help that is coming you way and automatically increases your capacity and competence to be and do more

If this is the case, what can you do to trigger or grow your hunger? 

Here are three things for starters: 

  1. Read Biographies of Inspirational People: They all had a hunger to make a huge difference in this world. As you get familiar with their work, there is a good chance that your own hunger to make a difference will start showing up
  2. Spend Time with People in Pursuit of a Grand Vision: Biographies may be from the past but there are people in your circle that are pursuing a path that is inspirational. Whether they succeed in that pursuit is immaterial. The conversations that you will have with them will change your outlook in life.
  3. Volunteer for a Worthy Non-Profit: Volunteering will get you close to people who are making a difference AND have influence without authority

In summary, being hungry has a lot of upside and very little downside.

In the famous words of Steve Jobs, “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” 

Other Posts in this series 

A is for Alignment (title changed on Salesforce.com blog) 
B is for Bonding
C is for Confidence
D is for Detachment
E is for Excellence in Small Things 
F is for Follow Up (On Huffington Post)
G is for Grateful
H is for Hunger to Succeed
I is for Intent to Serve 
J is for Judgment (On Huffington Post)
K is for Knowledgeable
L is for Likeable
M is for Margin
N is for Nurturing (On Huffington Post)
O is for Onward
P is for Please
Q is for Questions (On Huffington Post)
R is for Resourcefulness (On Huffington Post)
S is for Storytelling
T is for Teaching

U is for Upbeat

V is for Velocity

W is for Word of Mouth

X is for X-Ray Vision

Y is for YourStory

Z is for Zeal


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