Are You Hungry Enough?

Why is it that we hear a lot of rags-to-riches stories, but not a lot of middle-class-to-riches stories?

It’s because it’s the hungry ones who are the most determined to put in the work required for success. If you’re comfortable enough where you are, you won’t be motivated enough to put in the extraordinary work that will grant you extraordinary results.


Tony Robbins wrote an article for his LinkedIn profile in which he declared the single most powerful key to success. If someone wanted to live life on their terms, have choices and become the best in their field, what force would get them there above all else?

You might think it’s passion. After all, Tony Robbins is always talking about living with passion.

But in his words, every successful politician, athlete, musician and business person he’s ever worked with has gotten there from hunger. Not passion.

In the article, Tony explains that passion may get the momentum going but hunger takes you to the finish line. More importantly, it’s hunger that will destroy your fear of failure. You could have all the passion in the world, but it may not be enough to overcome your fears. Hunger always will be.


Passion is easy to spot. It’s easy to tell whether you’re passionate about something or not. But what about hunger? How can you tell whether you’re hungry enough to ensure your success?

Here’s the test. Do you spend more time learning and planning, or more time implementing and doing?

If you’re spending more time learning and planning, it means you’re not hungry enough. Chances are, you probably won’t get to the top until that hunger develops.

On the other hand, you know you’re hungry enough when “ready, aim, fire” turns into “ready, fire, aim.” Or, in Jeff Gardner’s case when he was young and extremely hungry, “fire, fire, fire.”