Remember the Man Who Walked 21 Miles a Day to and From Work? There’s an Update to His Story

Remember the Man Who Walked 21 Miles a Day to and From Work? There’s an Update to His Story

Hard work pays off. In today’s society, too often, people labor under the mistaken belief that they are owed a living. One man defied that notion and revealed last year that he walks 21 miles per day to and from work. Now, thanks to generous donations, his life has changed, but thankfully, he hasn’t.


A Detroit-area man who had said he walked 21 miles a day to and from work is finding life is much easier about a year after receiving a new car and a windfall of donations, but the downside to that generosity is that he has put on weight.

The Detroit Free Press reported last year about James Robertson’s daily trek to the factory where he worked in Rochester Hills. Shortly thereafter, donors gave Robertson the car and roughly $360,000. He moved from Detroit to suburban Troy.

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“I love this car,” Robertson said of his 2015 Ford Taurus, a car he selected because he said, “It’s like me — simple on the outside, durable on the inside,” the Detroit Free Press reported.

“People ask me why I still work. I don’t change that for no one,” Robertson said.

Now it takes the 57-year-old about 12 minutes to drive to work. The newspaper reported Sunday that the new situation hasn’t rid Robinson of all of life’s problems. He still needs to find new friends and fit into a new neighborhood, and he wants to lose weight because he is not getting as much exercise as before his good fortune.

Robertson said he isn’t likely to retire anytime soon, in part because he prizes his friendships at work.

Each weekday, and lately on many Saturdays, Robertson makes the trip to his job at Schain Mold & Engineering, where he operates an injection-molding machine. But instead of needing five hours of walking and bus riding to get there, he can get to work by car swiftly.

“His attendance has never faltered, not one day,” plant manager Todd Wilson said recently. “That money, none of it changed him one bit. James is still one of the most loving, caring people I know.”

This is an amazing story and one that underscores the importance of hard work. This man received enough money to make a comfortable life for himself and yet he still insists on working.

Life is tough, but we have it better than so much of the world. We must be willing to work hard and not rely upon the government for our existence.

Thankfully, because of the generous outpouring of support- voluntary support- Robertson has his life back and track and it’s become a little easier.

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