By: Suzanne Bates

It's been a couple of weeks since the last guy crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon and I can't get this story of raw courage and exceptional perseverance out of my mind. Maickel Melamed, a 39-year-old Venezuelan who completed his journey at 4:14 AM in the pouring rain 20 hours after he left the starting line, was born with an umbilical cord around his neck. As an infant he was diagnosed with Hypotonia, a condition that impairs mobility. 

His parents were told he wouldn't live more than a few days, and later that he would never talk or walk. At age 40, he is a motivational speaker who has run in multiple marathons."Si se puede," his supporters chanted in Spanish, which in English translates to "Yes, we can."

If your day isn't starting well, if you know someone who needs a lift, if you've been feeling like life is hard, or work is too much; if your colleagues need a little encouragement, or your team is stressed and people need a boost, follow this link and remember the words of French novelist Anatole France:

"To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe."



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