Dr. Saad Saad was born in Palestine at a time when the inhabitants of the country were being forced out because of Israel being established as a nation.
This would be the fate for Dr. Saad and his family. One day as his dad was out trying to find a job, his mother was told to take the kids and board a bus. Her initial reaction was that they would return.
His father spent many hours searching for his family and would not be reunited with them until he paid a man with a boat a lot of money to cross the West bank and help him meet his family.
Although Dr. Saad’s family had to leave Palestine, they made out well because his father was able to be employed as an oil mechanic over in Kuwait. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon
His skills were in high demand because of the many oil discoveries in the Middle East. During his childhood, Dr. Saad’s father would tell him often that in order to be something in this world, he was going to have to earn the highest level of education possible.
It was while he was a teenager that he truly found out his father was correct about obtaining a good education. On a fateful summer day while a high school student, Dr. Saad went out with his brother to a construction site to earn some cash. Kuwait is known to have brutal heat in the summertime.
While Dr. Saad was working, he started to feel extremely sick. After several more minutes, he ended up passing out. When he came to his senses, he realized that he had experienced a heat stroke.
He had to admit to himself that he would never be cut out for a physical job, but that he was going to have to put extra effort to get an education that could get him a good job where he could work in a cool setting.
Once he discovered that the only air conditioning in all of Kuwait was in the operation room at a hospital, he made up his mind that he would become a doctor.
Dr. Saad says that he would never have been able to achieve any of his accomplishments if it was not for a good work ethic and learning how to make the best use of his time. He advises people not to put off a task if they could complete it that day.