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Never too late

By Steve Goodier

Standing at a busy Los Angeles intersection, I once noticed an interesting sight -- a shirtless old man in shorts and jogging shoes running toward me. He was in his seventies, short, with a huge barrel chest. His shoulders were wide and his stomach flat and hard. The skin on his thin arms and legs hung loose. His body glistened with sweat -- he had the appearance of an absolutely committed runner. When he approached the intersection, he continued to jog in place as he waited for the light to change.

I asked him, "Have you been running long?"

He said between breaths, "Today, four hours and twenty minutes."

Wow! Four hours and twenty minutes of running! At his age! He continued, his feet still pounding the concrete, "Some days I run 22 miles. Some days 12 miles."

I asked, "Do you race?"

"Three or four times a year." Maybe he fig­ured he will taper off when he gets old.

I respect his commitment and focus. Be­cause of a total dedication to the sport, he was an excellent runner. And he is living proof that it is never too late to pursue a passion!

Don't we all need something to get excited about? What if we were as focused in our enthusi­asm and dedication? What could we do or become if we were as committed to those things we feel are important as he was to running?

You may build your body, but will you also build your mind? You may improve your social standing, but will you also improve your society? You may grow your bank account, but will you also grow your faith? You may build your business, but will you also build your character? You may heal a broken bone, but will you also heal a broken home? You may leave a will to your children, but will you also leave them a legacy?

It's never too late to pursue your passion.

Steve Goodier is a professional speaker, consultant and author of numerous books. Visit his site for more information, or to sign up for his FREE newsletter of Life, Love and Laughter at


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