It takes strength…

Did you know he was Italian


Charles Atlas controlled his life. He capitalized on that ability to great physical and financial success. 

After many years of medical practice, I concluded that there are not too many things we can control in our lives, but we should work hard at those we can. There is little we can do about our genetics, but we can do something about the following: weight, diet, exercise, care in driving, overindulgence, e. g. alcohol and drugs. And we should visit our physicians regularly for preventive care. 

The man who did all of those things to great  success while at the same time educating a wide audience in good  health habits was Angelo Siciliano, a frail kid who with his parents emigrated from Acri in southern Italy. Overcoming his frail status with a conviction given him by those immigrant parents, he developed an innovative exercise and diet program that propelled him to world fame as Charles Atlas. 

Most immigrants have that innate courage embodied in a person like Angelo. To uproot a family and come to a strange country while not being able to read or write the language is Atlas-like in itself.  

It is about controlling what we can to succeed and to improve…in health and in life. 

Angelo Siciliano’s life is an example to follow….the courage of adventure, understanding the unknown, overcoming it, controlling it and succeeding.

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3 Comments on “It takes strength…”

  1. Tom Barron Says:

    I suspect that the innate courage of the immigrants depends on whether they are running to something or from something.

  2. Bill White Says:

    Dr Ed, Sounds to me like the heart and soul which comprises the true entrepreneurial spirit. One can only imagine what courage and strength of spirit it took Angelo as a skinny kid to persevere and achieve greatness in the manner that he did…beyond the obvious challenges of his physique were I’m sure the prejudices of the time – which I remember my father telling me about! A great reminder of the need for us to be grateful for what those who came before us have left us.

  3. Fran L. Says:

    My grandparent escaped from a Communistic regime that was about to take place. He and his two brothers escaped on a fishing trawler and almost died from starvation. Needless to say my freedoms here I do not take lightly. I’m sure their strength is in me also to survive circumstances that challenge the human spirit.

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