Gladys “Gladyator” Burrill personifies the secret sauce of reinvention: resilience

Gladys “Gladyator” Burrill  was an aircraft pilot, a mountain climber, a hiker and a horseback rider but is most well-known for marathon running — at the spry age of 92!

She began to run marathons at 86 when her peers were retiring to Florida to sit on the beach and read. She relentlessly pushed her pace enabling her to run the full Honolulu Marathon at 92 in nine hours and 53 minutes proving that age really is just a number. Burrill was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for her achievement.

It IS possible to find meaningful work, even later in life. It’s just a matter of how bad you want it, how much work you’re willing to put in, and how persistent you’re going to be to reach your goal. What’s keeping you stuck in place?

“Age is only a number. People can be old at 40. It’s important to think positive and to dream.” Gladys Burrill


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