Success Stories By Dick Kazan - Valuable lessons on how to succeed in business and in life
Entertaining and compelling real-life stories with valuable
lessons on how to succeed in business and in life.
The author is successful business, real estate, and media entrepreneur Dick Kazan.
Published on March 07 2006

Is there a real-life fountain of youth for you to enjoy better health and happiness?

There is and Terry Robinson, a 90 year old body builder could guide you to it.

He is a former New York City P.A.L. Golden Gloves boxing champion, ex- “Mr. New York” body building champion, and a well known author and painter.

He is also a manager at The Sports Club/LA, a prominent health club whose members include Hollywood and business moguls such as Tom Cruise, George Clooney and Vidal Sassoon.

At 90, Terry has some signs of aging. He wears hearing aids and his eye sight isn’t what it was. But if you meet him, you’ll notice his mind is quick and his body is remarkably lean and strong.

How he maintains that condition offers us great insight into our own bodies.

Most people exercise their muscles but Terry starts his day with a mental workout. “I pray, read my motivational quotes, memorize more of them as well as bible passages, poetry and other topics as exercise for the mind.”

He then has breakfast and arrives at The Sports Club/LA to start greeting members at 5 o’clock in the morning!

Later he exercises his muscles. “One hour with the weights, more repetitions than heavy weights, which I do to keep my energy level, to keep my endurance,” said Terry. “Then I swim for a half hour right after my workout.”

When Terry finishes at The Sports Club/LA, he goes home, takes a 15 minute nap, has lunch and then walks, reads and avidly paints landscapes and portraits. Except on weekends, he’s in bed at 8 pm so he’ll be bright and fresh the next morning.

Those are the physical aspects of Terry’s routine and you and I could keep our minds and bodies physically fit by selecting from and doing parts of his routine.

But there are other important aspects to his life that we could readily do to bring ourselves greater happiness and more meaning in our lives.

For example, if you meet Terry he’ll give you a warm smile, a firm handshake and he will carefully note your name. He’ll ask you about yourself and despite his hearing loss, he’ll listen to you.

Thereafter, Terry will greet you by name and recall much of what you told him.

This is a powerful tip for us. Virtually everyone we meet wants others to listen to them, to take an interest in them and treat them with respect. Ironically, few people do this, although to do it could make them highly popular, as it has Terry.

If you ask, Terry will share engaging stories about some of the well known people he has trained, from the Hollywood elite to the leading people in many walks of life.

If you are a history buff, he’ll quote timeless advice from such famous figures as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

And if you want to get in top shape or simply improve your health, Terry will be there for you. He’ll answer your questions and he won’t lecture or criticize you but literally give you a pat on the back or because he’s a softy, even a big hug.

He also just might become one of the best friends you ever had.

A few years ago, Vidal Sassoon’s eldest daughter was tragically killed in an automobile accident. Sassoon suffered from the depths of his soul and tears of anguish trickled down his cheeks. Terry took him aside and helped to comfort him and then continued to stay involved.

With a quiver in his voice, Sassoon told me, Terry “is the best.”

In Terry’s personal life is his “Sweetie,” Silvia Richard. Silvia is paralyzed from the waste down from a collision caused many years ago by a drunk driver and she is confined to a wheel chair.

Silvia is about 20 years Terry’s junior but from the time they met, “I started to take care of her,” Terry said. “They brought her to me three times a week for therapy. That was 32 years ago.” The couple moved in together two years later and Terry raised her son Guy as his own.

Silvia, who greets everyone with a high pitched burst of enthusiasm, encourages Terry in his art, his writings and in his other activities and he helps her with her medical problems. He says, “She is the greatest thing that ever happened to me” and she calls him, “My gift from God.”

Terry also has a daughter Madelyn Appel of whom he is very proud. Based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL she and her husband Jerry have built a substantial auction business. In addition, they have three grown children and they have made Terry a joyful great-grandfather four times over.

Success Tip of the Week:As Terry has shown us, there is a fountain of youth. Take an interest in others and stay involved with them. Be a positive force in their lives. It will bring more happiness and greater meaning to your life and you’ll feel alive! And exercise your mind and body and may it joyfully serve you a long, healthy and happy lifetime.

In the next KazanToday, A valuable lesson from one of the richest men in U.S. history, Andrew Carnegie.

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