Success and Old Guys

Success takes help.
Failure...we can do it alone.

— JMeyer —

The following is a writing from a couple of years ago…


The other day I was getting some laps in at the Piqua YMCA swimming pool.

While pausing at the end of an interval, a young man in the lane next to me said, “Man, you’re a good swimmer.” Of course, my first thought was, “He must not know much about swimming because I’m not that good.”

But I puffed my chest out and said, “It took me a long time (almost 1000 miles) to swim the way I swim.

I then told him about an older gentleman (Martin) who helped me when I first began swimming in my quest to compete in triathlons. I shared with him several tips I had received from Martin almost two decades earlier.


Nothing great in life happens by going it alone.

Regardless of what you are trying to achieve–seeking and accepting help are key action steps in the achievement process.

More Truth

For years I always referred to my swimming mentor as the “old guy, Martin.”

To the young man, I helped the other day, I became the “old guy, Jay.”


What areas of your life need help?

Who can help you?

What people could use your help?


Living successfully is not a one-way street.

With success comes the responsibility of passing it on to others.

A responsibility that keeps “old guys” like me young.

Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”


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