Don’t wait for your running buddy to sign up for the marathon.
Register for the race by yourself and get started with the training on your own.
If your buddy eventually decides to go running with you, he/she can join you later on.
The Marathon = Your dreams, your goals, the changes you need to make in your life.
Your buddy = The permission, support, praise, and/or respect you think you need from the world before you can start creating the results that matter most to you.
The Message = Leave your buddy behind.
Nobody ever achieved their dreams by waiting around for their friends to join them as a precondition for setting things in motion. Respect is rarely the product of having dreams, goals, and desires. More often than not, respect is the result of being committed to your priorities and principles when the rest of the world fails to share your enthusiasm.