Dr. Saad Saad, who recently retired after spending forty years as a pediatric surgeon, gave an interview with Stephen Callahan where he reveals the lessons that helped him succeed in life. The article, titled “Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon—Update” was published on Blogwebpedia. The article reveals how the pediatric surgeon became incredibly successful and innovative in the tough medical industry.
One of the things that motivated him to become a physician was because he recognized the conditions of working were much better than working outside. Dr. Saad grew up in Palestine in the 1940’s during a time of political upheaval. With the creation of the State of Israel, many families were moved to the West Bank. Dr. Saad had a particularly traumatic experience of this move because his father often traveled for work. When his mother took the family on an errand, they were relocated to the West Bank. It took his father a number of hours to search and find his family again.
Luckily, his father was a skilled petroleum mechanic. In the 1950’s oil was starting to become a growing industry in the Middle East. His father moved the family to Kuwait to take advantage of the situation. His father often imparted great advice to his family and he told his son that one of the best ways to escape poverty was to pursue a higher education. With knowledge and understanding of the world around him, he could pursue any career he liked. When Dr. Saad was in high school, he had an experience that convinced him of the importance of that advice. He was working on a construction site in the heat of Kuwait’s summer. After spending some time in the sun while working, he suffered a heat stroke and fainted. He recognized that he wasn’t suited to outdoor labor and he realized the only place with consistent air conditioning was an operating room. This led the doctor to become a pediatric surgeon.
Dr. Saad also believes procrastination can kill success. He believes in getting more done today so tomorrow is not as difficult. He understood that high levels of success required both effective time management and a strong work ethic. This allowed Dr. Saad to become one of the first U.S. Board Certified Pediatric surgeons. He was also one of the only pediatric surgeons who was fluent in English and Arabic, leading him to become the pediatric surgeon for the Saudi Royal family.
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