It’s Not Too Late

Seth Godin said, “It’s never to late to change direction.” I agree. A friend of mine was celebrating his 40th birthday at a bar with friends. After several beers (and more than a couple of shots) he got up to go to the bathroom. While washing his hands he took a long look in the mirror and didn’t like what he saw. Here he was at middle age and he was overweight, single, and working at a job (and career path) he’d hated since college. He decided then and there it was better late than never to make a change.

So instead of returning to his birthday party he stumbled outside and began running down the sidewalk–and he never looked back. He only made it a few blocks before calling a cab, but he knew he’d made the right call to leave his old life behind. He started getting up early to work on his true passion, writing. He went for a run every day at lunch. He made it known he was ready for a committed relationship and signed up with a popular matchmaking website–and began dating.

If you guessed this has a happy ending, you are right. He just celebrated his 50th birthday with his wife and two kids. He now works full time as a technical writer and journalist, completed his first novel and a non-fiction book, too. After running out on his own party he ran a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and finally a marathon and is in the best shape of his life. This is a true story–and no it’s not about me. My friend’s example proves it’s never too late to turn things around.


It’s Not Too Late

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