By Amanda Froelich
Update 05-02-2021 : Anthony Mancinelli of New York, died on September 19 2019 at 108 years old, after 96 years of cutting hair.
Let’s be honest: most people have difficulty rolling out of bed in the morning, let alone making their daily trek to work. 107-year-old Anthony Mancinelli doesn’t have the same problem. For the past 96 years, he has worked as a barber — a feat so astonishing, Mancinelli was recently named the world’s oldest barber by the Guinness World Records.
According to GoodNewsNetwork, the barber dropped out of high school to learn the trade. By age 11, he was cutting hair as an established barber.
So, how does he do it? The secrets to his longevity are simple. Reportedly, Mancinelli has never drank alcohol or smoked heavily. In addition, he doesn’t exercise. Surprising, right? Perhaps most impressive, he stands and works on his feet eight hours a day, five days a week.
Mancinelli, who retains a full mouth of teeth and a full head of hair, does not take any daily medication. To keep a fit frame, he only eats thin spaghetti. “I only go to the doctor because people tell me to, but even he can’t understand it,” Mancinelli told The New York Times. “I tell him I have no aches, no pains, no nothing. Nothing hurts me.”
The centenarian has many loyal customers. Along with tourists and celebrities, they flock to the Fantastic Cuts Salon where he works, in New Windsor, New York. Reportedly, some people can’t wait to get a haircut from the world’s oldest barber.
“Some of his older customers, he helps them in the chair,” said his 81-year-old son, Bob. “He’ll say to an 80-year-old guy, ‘Listen, when you get to be my age. …’ They love hearing that.”
As far as retiring, Mancinelli says he isn’t ready to yet. We think you will agree that he is a positive role model for people all of the world who seek to become an expert in a particular craft.
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Source: The New York Times