Dr. SaadSaad, known as one of the most innovative pediatric surgeons in the world has now retired after 47 years of practicing medicine. What did he learn about himself and his work during this time? He learned many life lessons that he would pass onto his children, but more than that he would have a tremendous impact on the lives of others. Dr. Saad’s children went on to become successful in their own right, drawing from the lessons of their father. He did not start out with an easy life, nor was he given any favors. Recently, an interview that was published with Dr. Saad shed light on how true success is really acquired, and how it can be passed onto others.
Dr. Saad made it very clear throughout the published interview, “Don’t accept anything less than the success you seek.” What was he talking about? Dr. Saad’s early life did not represent being born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and he was not born into a wealthy family. He was born in Palestine during the time when Israel was becoming a state. There was a lot of change as well as relocation of many who lived in this area of Palestine. His father traveled for his job, and upon his leave for work his mother was told to get on a bus with the children. They were not told where they were being relocated to, but they followed directions quickly, with his mother leaving a key under the door mat.
They were transferred to a bus still without a word as to where they would go. The family was relocated to the West Bank. His father hired a boatsman upon his return to take him along the river to find his family. The area did not have much to offer them, but his father took work in Kuwait due to the new oil drilling. It was here that he worked construction during the hot summers with his brother to soon discover that the only air condition they could access was in an operating room. It was at this time that he chose to pursue becoming a surgeon, where he could work in cooler temperatures. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/drsaadsaad12
His father encouraged him to pursue education, and he became a highly regarded pediatric surgeon. He still teaches today that you can do absolutely anything that you set your mind to do, including becoming a pediatric surgeon. He had determined that this was his opportunity to accomplish great things, and he did so as a result of what he had learned from his father in early life.