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 June 09, 2009

Is it too late for you to accomplish your dreams?

“You’re not dead yet,” said a 46-year-old man outside the gym as he looked me over. He meant it as a compliment, surprised anyone with gray hair, deep facial lines and an aging body could stay in top shape. I’m 64-years-old.

He is a friendly man, a high school football and water polo coach who brings some of his students into the gym to oversee their workouts. He is concerned that as he ages he will still be strong and healthy.

But we all age and the question is how gracefully? Can we retain our youthful vigor and be sharp of mind and body?

The answer is yes. But we must adjust our thinking.

In that gym there is a 90-year-old man. He uses machines to lift light weights to get the blood flowing and to tone his muscles. He doesn’t pressure himself and doesn’t compete with others. He just enjoys the experience and the camaraderie.

“I didn’t start going to the gym until seven years ago,” he said, meaning he was 83-years-old at the time.

What was his motivation? He had long been overweight, as much as 100 pounds. For like many people he was so busy in his career, in his case as a buyer in a huge department store chain, he didn’t have time to exercise nor eat well. He ate what was handy.

Then he was struck by an illness everyone dreads, CANCER. He fought a horrific, gut wrenching battle for his life and he survived it.

But after that he knew he had to take far better care of himself. Today he is trim and fit. What is his secret? “It’s exercise and eating the right foods. Not dieting but eating the right foods.”

For him and for you and me, the key is to be thankful for what we have. Staying healthy is what matters, not how much weight a man can lift or how thin a woman can be.

Also in that gym is a 17-year-old girl with Cerebral Palsy. She is about 31/2 feet tall and moves slowly and carefully across the gym with a multi-support, reinforced walker.

This nice young lady has a trainer who works with her and she takes her time to get the most out of her stretching and strengthening exercises.

After her workout, she glows with a warm smile and a cheerful disposition, for she is refreshed and better able to face the challenges life has given her.

“You’re not dead yet,” as the man said. Enjoy the treasures life has given you such as being with loved ones, inhaling the heavenly scent of a fragrant rose or feeling the toasty warmth of the sun.

Discover a great new book or rediscover a wonderful old movie. Learn a new skill. The journey is brief so make each day special and you will accomplish your dreams.

Success Tip of the Week: Start by making this a joyful day for yourself and for those around you.

In the next KazanToday: Laid-off by his employer, a successful entrepreneur is born.

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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!