When the economy collapsed in 2008 it cost him his business, his home, and his life savings. He took a janitorial job at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to make some money. There was more to it than that though. The institute offers a free education to employees. Michael started studying mechanical engineering as a major along with psychology as a minor.
This past spring he graduated with a degree and started looking for work at 54. It wasn’t easy going at first, but then he got featured in a story on NBC News. That was all the exposure he needed. Now he’s working at Pratt & Whitney. You can see the story here.
What about Diana Nyad?
When it comes to never giving up, you’ll have to put Diana Nyad at the top of the list. In 1978, at age 28, Diana tried to swim from Cuba to Florida. She failed. In 2010 Diana decided to try again. She hadn’t given up on the dream. She failed again suffering from an asthma attack. Later that year she tried and failed again having been bitten by a venomous box jellyfish.
You’d think that would be enough, but no, at age 64 she went after it again and did it! She swam for 53 hours over 110 miles of ocean. The fact that numerous news stories say she did it without a shark cages tells you something. The next time you’re thinking about giving up on one of your dreams, think of Diana Nyad. You can learn more about her here.
Incidentally these stories of Michael and Diana remind me of the book I recommended in the last issue. That book was Grit. If you have not picked it up yet, put it on your list.