Run Your Race

This past January I ran my fourth Marathon. That’s 26.2 miles. 

I paid a notable amount of money to run these races. Not only for the races themselves but for the shoes and other equipment required. 

It was a well planned course with a guarantee of a medal at the end. 

I got to run with a lot of people and be cheered along the way. 

A great experience, indeed. One I have argued everyone can and should do. 

Here’s the thing, though…

The medal does not make me a Marathoner. The money spent certainly does not make me a Marathoner. 

Only the running of the 26.2 miles makes me a Marathoner. 

With much less excitement and much less cheering, I could have quietly gotten up early on a Sunday morning and run my own race on a course of my choosing. It would have certainly been less crowded, and surely lacking all the pomp and pageantry. 

And still, although without a medal, I could call myself a Marathoner. 

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Friends,

Education and learning is available to all of us. 

It’s not too expensive. It only takes discipline and a desire to accomplish. 

If you are reading this, you have everything you need at your fingertips to learn more about something you want to learn more about—to continue your education. 

You won’t get a medal or certificate of completion at the end, but here’s what I’ve learned: If you are great at what you do, nobody asks for proof that you properly learned how to do it. 

Run your race.

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