The Saint George Marathon is one of the premier marathons in the nation, and certainly one of the most beautiful. It’s a point to point run through some of the most amazing scenery in the world. For several years I had the privilege of working at the marathon, sometimes spending time with the athletes before the race and sometimes greeting, and often catching them, at the finish line.
This year I waited with my family at the finish line for two of our boys who were running for the first time. I watched as hundreds of runners, having just run 26 miles, plodded past us. I could only imagine what they must be feeling. The look on their faces told the story of perseverance against great opposition, mixed with a glimmer of hope at the end in sight.
Marathon runners are a unique group. Unlike other sports where the athletes tend to have similar builds, long distance runners come in all shapes and sizes. Some of the folks I saw running across that finish line, I would have never expected to see accomplishing such a feat. I have learned over the years that finishing the race is less about size and strength than it is about commitment and perseverance. A marathon runner doesn’t need to have the body of an athlete; they just need the heart of one.
It has been said that investing for retirement is a marathon, not a sprint. It is wrong to think that in order to be financially successful you have to have a six figure paycheck, or a rich uncle, or be born in the right neighborhood. You don’t need to be a top financial athlete, you only need to have a strong commitment, and persevere.
Another thing I love about marathons is how victory is measured. Since it was their first marathon, our two boys measured success by their ability to finish the race. In a marathon with thousands of entrants, only a very small handful are actually trying to come in first. The rest are competing against no one but themselves, and measure success by how they personally finish the race. It is an odd sport where victory even comes to he who finishes last.
I asked one of my sons his secret for completing the race. His simple answer was, “I just kept on running.” And so it is for those who want to retire successfully. You don’t need to be the fastest, you don’t need to be the smartest, and you don’t need to be in the best shape to begin with, you just need to keep running. Keep doing those little things that lead to financial success, and one day you will see the finish line in sight. It won’t matter how anyone else finishes, it just matters how you finish.
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