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It’s never too late to be who you might have been.

Yes, tomorrow is promised to no one, so make today the day you begin to turn it all around. 

In Business:

“We can’t change,” business owners always say.  “Customers have grown to expect certain things from us.”

To which the reply is usually, “What customers?”

“You want us to alienate our core base of loyal customers?”

“Yes.  There aren’t enough of them to sustain your business.  The only reason they come here is because every other place refuses to put up with them.”

Often, you don’t have a bad business; you’ve just chosen to serve the wrong market.  It’s never too late to pick another one.

In Life:

Let’s get real.  If you had the potential to be an Olympic figure skater in your teens, but now you’re fifty; its definitely too late for that.

I don’t think Mr. Eliot was talking about fame and achievement as much as he was about contribution.

Yes, it’s too late to be a figure skater.  However, it’s not too late to be world-class figure skating coach.  You can still contribute to the sport in a way that touches lives and elevates people’s spirit.

As the saying goes, “The best time to plant an oak tree was forty years ago.  The second best time is now.”

So remember…

It’s never too late to be who you might have been.

— George Eliot

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