It’s Never Too Late…

I love my mother in law. She is the epitomy of what I would call the “meek.” She is kind, gentle, full of love, and as caring as they come. She wouldn’t harm a soul. She’s been through a lot in her life. She comes from a very poor background and had the responsibility of helping her mom take care of her 12 brothers and sisters in the home. Consequently, she had to drop out of school right after the 5th grade. With little educational background and not much guidance, she eventually found a job making shoes, from scratch. For 20 years of her life, she would weave together shoes, behind her sowing machine, for days on end. Once completed, she would carry the couple hundred pound bag of shoes down to the bus stop, take it to the subway, and ride the subway down to the vendor. Month after month, year after year, that’s all she did.  She did not know of anything else…or so she thought.

Today, she lives with my wife and me in the States. Since her shoe making days, she has learned English, earned her driver’s license, has her own car, is involved in the local church, takes dance lessons, and is studying for her citizenship test. This might not seem like a lot to you, but  from the perspective of a 61 year old lady, it’s everything.  In her words, “I never imagined I could push my limits this far let alone think I would be taking dance lessons one day.”  What sparked the change?  She started believing in possibilities and not limits.

It’s never too late to start anything, no matter how old you are or how far you think you’ve gone down your current direction.  Ask yourself a simple question:  Are you complete?  And if the answer is “no,” I challenge you to take some active steps towards completeness.

Embrace this truth:   Your soul is infinite, limitless and ageless. Live through your limitless soul, not by the finite boundaries of society.


I will strive for completeness

Fulfillment comes when I ask, “What if?” and take steps

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Author:Rubi Ho

Rubi Ho is Vice President of Sherpa Executive Coaching in Cincinnati, Ohio. He works with senior executives and their organizations on leadership development and the integration of leadership and executive coaching into their cultures. Born in Vietnam, he and his family escaped from Saigon in 1975, the day before it fell. He resides with his lovely wife and 3 year old son in Cincinnati, OH.


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