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 February 26, 2008

Today: A life lesson from a 15-year-old boy.

On a warm sunny day along an ocean front path, something remarkable happened.

A high school cross-country team of 14 & 15-year-old boys ran by in three clusters. The 1st had about 20-spirited boys cheering themselves on, challenging one another for pack leadership.

The 2nd cluster also had about 20-boys, but they were lagging behind and pushing themselves as they tried to catch-up with the 1st group. Then came the laggards, 8 to 10 boys who were unable to keep-up with either group and running with their heads down as if they were failures.

As the last cluster ran by, I thought the entire cross country team had shown itself, but then out of nowhere one more boy jogged by. He was trim and muscular and not even breathing hard.

But what struck me as I watched him run far behind the others was that he had a smile and an air of confidence. Unlike them, he was relaxed and as he ran, he was looking at the light blue Pacific Ocean and at the waves rolling on to the white sand beach.

To him, it wasn’t a race; it was just a jog on a sunny afternoon. It wasn’t a competitive meet but a practice session. He didn’t conform to others; he was simply participating with them, a free spirit enjoying his life on his own terms not concerned with what others might think.

And I realized that free spirit lives in each of us, waiting to come out, if only we allow it. Most of us conform to others’ expectations and forget that spirit of adventure and fun we had as kids.

Seeing that boy jog by in a celebration of life reminded me each of us can address life’s important issues with a youthful energy and a joyful outlook. And if we do, we will bring more fun into our lives and into the lives of others, on this special journey that is the path of life for you and for me.

Success Tip of the Week: If we approach our lives with a spirit of adventure, we will accomplish so much more as we capture the hearts and minds of others who would like their journeys to be more like ours.

In the next KazanToday: A couple who risked their and their children’s lives to save 36-desperate people during World War ll.

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Many of these short, inspirational success stories are about people from all walks of life who overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve remarkable results. These stories contain practical advice and a recipe for success for each of these renowned individuals. Some of their stories may help you to avoid some of the costly and time consuming mistakes that many of us make in life and at work. Learn from some of history's greatest winners on how to become a winner yourself, no matter what the obstacle, and no matter how daunting the task before you may seem. Good luck!