During the course of his nearly 50-year career as a pediatric surgeon, Dr. Saad Saad picked up some pretty important life lessons. He has shared these lessons with his children over the years and recently shared them in an interview that was conducted after he had retired. The first question in the interview was about what motivated him to become a doctor in the first place and his answer was very surprising.
He was born in Palestine but his family was forced out when Israel took over that land. His family ultimately ended up in Kuwait where his dad put to use his petroleum mechanic degree as oil had been discovered there. Kuwait, like the rest of the Middle East, can have extremely high temperatures. Dr. Saad Saad was in his teens when he joined his brother at a construction site his brother was working as an engineer on. He says that the heat was so high that he passed out.
It was that day that Dr. Saad Saad decided that whatever job he did in life it would be indoors in an air-conditioned space. This was in the 1960s and the only space in Kuwait that fit this bill was the operating room of a hospital. It was for that reason that Dr. Saad Saad decided he would become a surgeon. He says that becoming a surgeon taught him that if you work hard at something you can achieve anything in life.
Another life lesson that Dr. Saad Saad shared during the interview was about being proactive. He says that you should never put off tasks to the next day if you can get it done during the present day. He has lived by this rule and it is one of the reasons he became such an accomplished pediatric surgeon. He learned how to be very efficient when performing surgery and other uses of his time. He says it led to having a strong work ethic and being known for getting things accomplished in a timely fashion.
It was in the middle of the 1980s that Dr. Saad Saad first arrived in the United States. He became a board-certified physician and, because of this, he was asked to become the pediatric surgeon for the royal family of Saudi Arabia. He worked in that country for around five years before returning to the US and settling along with his family in New Jersey. Learn more : https://angel.co/saad-saad-2