By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to help you keep your commitments. Reading time: 4:11
I was shocked when I walked into his beautiful condominium in Pompano Beach, Florida. The view of the Atlantic Ocean through his living room window seemed shrouded in a mystery. In fact his entire living room seemed shrouded in a conundrum of sorts. In the corner of the his beautifully appointed living room were two huge tanks of oxygen. Six foot tall tanks. And there’s my conundrum: how do you run a marathon if you need oxygen tanks just to breathe?
Back then I was a reporter for The Miami Herald, researching a story on an 80-year-old planning to run a marathon.
That turned out to be Tom, the wiry guy who at 80 was more than three times older than I was at the time. Tom said he had a lung disease that necessitated those oxygen tanks in his home.
When Tom told me he was training to run a 26-mile,385-yard marathon, I laughed. And then–about a year later– I cried. I cried tears of joy and amazement as I ran with Tom as he finished his marathon. Tom taught me a critical leadership skill: the power of commitment quite literally step by step, day in and day out.