Fail, fail, fail, fail, succeed

Probably True

“If you want something badly enough, you’ll get it. If you don’t get it, that only goes to show you didn’t want it badly enough.”

– Lawrence Block

There’s a thousand iterations of this bromide, all essentially saying the same thing.

Is it true?

Well, the idea is true – but like all things in life, it’s not quite that simple.

No amount of desire will save your life when your time’s up.

No amount of hard work will make you write lyrics like Bob Dylan.

No amount of training would ever achieve the supernatural skill level of Muhammad Ali.

But for most things we desire, yes, it is true.

The one who wants it the most wins.