The Journey of 1000 Miles Begins First in the Mind
There was once a youth who wanted to learn karate. He went to the local karate dojo and said to the sensei "I wish to become a master of karate like yourself, how long must I train to accomplish this?" "Ten years at least." the sensei replied.
"Ten years is a long time." said the youth. "What if I studied twice as hard as all your other students, how long then?"
"Twenty years." replied the sensei.
"Twenty years! What if I practice night and day and cut my sleeping time by half?" said the youth.
"Thirty years." replied the sensei.
"Why is it that each time I say I will work harder you tell me that it will take longer? It doesn't make sense." said the youth.
The old sensei smiled at the youth and replied, "The answer is clear. When one eye is fixed upon your destination, there is only one eye left with which to find the way."