The Truth About Success

Quotes from the video:

  • When you want to succeed, as bad as you want to breath, then you will be successful
  • When you get to a point, that you want to be successful – as bad as you want to breath – then you will be successful
  • Most of you don’t want success as much as you want to sleep.
  • “Sleep is for those people who are broke” 50 Cent (video)
  • You will never be success until you don’t need a dime to do what you do

What message did you like most from this video? (leave a comment below)


  • Great video man thanks for posting this I love videos like this.

  • Great video Dan – reminds me of a quote I read just a few days ago:

    “Chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night” – Terri Guillemets

    Now that’s motivation!

  • dmartell says:

    @Marc, I love that quote – thanks for posting.
    @Bryn, Thanks.

  • Ronald Tsang says:

    A couple things to note.
    1) I watched this during breakfast and am itching to get going with my day now.
    2) Thanks a bunch for a “wake me up, hype, loud” message


  • Brilliant. Used this video in today’s class for my student.

  • Scott Owens says:

    Awesome video.

    When I hear people ask whether entrepreneurs are born or made, stuff like this comes to mind. Most people are not willing to go this far to make something happen because they see the barriers and run away. Entrepreneurs don’t see the barriers.

  • Jaret Manuel says:

    Confucius said find a job (applies to owning a business) you love & you will never work a day in your life!

    Great motivational piece! True motivation is found within. Keep up the great work Dan on spreading the awesomeness of doing your own thing.

  • Luther says:

    Great video. Really makes you want to get things done. “When you want to succeed, as bad as you want to breath, then you will be successful” is my favorite quote from the clip, but it means so much more with the background story.

    You don’t know how much you want to breath until you can’t breath.

    Thanks for sharing Dan.

  • dmartell says:


    You nailed it!

    Glad you enjoyed – thanks for leaving a comment.


  • Hey Dan!

    This is such inspirational stuff, through a mutual connection Lynn (@ Activ8) I came across you; loving your blog here.

    This specifically just hit me in the head, I’m the type that 100 hour week is a slow week; and I’m sure you know what I mean.

    Roads to success are painful, but the most fun thing that you’ll ever experience, not knowing whats going to happen next; no thought of security not even a thought of what work is; because you’d do it even if you’d never get a cent.

    A common thing I tell people when I speak is, if you would do what are you doing or at the end of the day you would still work for $15 an hour would you still do it? if so then your doing the right thing as you should never do anything for money if its not what you love.

    Outside of that ramble; an amazing video. Thanks Dan!

  • dmartell says:


    Thanks for the comment – I have a big place in my heart for Lynn .. such a great person.

    Loved your thoughts and totally agree.

    Passion and patience.


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  • Pramit Rashinkar says:

    Cool video, although I see the “sleep is for those people who are brokeā€ philosophy goes against the ideas that 37signals, the 4 Hour Workweek, and 80/20 principle promote. I agree that you need the “want success as bad as you want to breath” attitude for getting things done, but bulldozing through problems without paying attention to the bigger picture is detrimental to your success.

    So this leads me to my question: how do you find balance between these extremes? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

  • dmartell says:


    The big take away is most people don’t want it bad. They complain. They aren’t willing to put in the time.

    Anyone who’s had success – including Jason (37Signals) or Tim (4Hour) will admit their were days when they work throughout the night getting something done or passionately working away.

    Refining that knowledge to only work 8 hours a day and still create million dollar companies is something you learn after you’ve put in the time.

    That’s my 2 cents.

  • Anon says:

    this video changed my life

  • ljones4711 says:

    “To be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what you are, to be what you can be.” Success is about sacrifice and really asking, “How bad do I want it?”. I agree with dmartell the real issue is most people don’t want it bad enough.

  • Mr. says:

    What is the name of the guru eric is taking about

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