How far would you drive for success?
Lucky, store manager for a restaurant in Washington, told Session 4B of the Leadership Development Lab:
"About 13 years ago I was blessed with a twin pregnancy. The second week after I found out about the twins, the doctor told me that their chance of surviving was less than 10%. He recommended that I see a specialist. I was very nervous and scared about what the specialist would say about my unborn twins. She told me that there was no chance of the twins' survival. She recommended an abortion because the pregnancy would make me very sick and could even kill me. I felt like a truck had hit me. I remember crying so hard that even my doctor was crying with me. I told my doctor that I wanted to give the twins a chance and I would do whatever it took to help them survive. She agreed to see me weekly. Her office is in Seattle, which is three hours away, a 6-hour round trip. Again, she insisted that she couldn't guarantee anything since there had never been any success in these kinds of cases during her practice in her career.
"My husband drove me to Seattle for my first appointment. I had to get an ultrasound to measure my babies' growth prior to seeing the doctor each time. I had been lying on the table for a few minutes while the technician was doing my ultrasound when I heard myself snoring very loudly. When I realized what I had done, I was so embarrassed and wanted to disappear from the room. The technician smiled at my husband and said to me, "If this feels comfortable for you, please enjoy your nap time and it will make me less nervous."
"My husband continued to drive me to Seattle every week for twelve weeks and at each visit, there was a little improvement. Even though there was continuous improvement, it was never good enough for
the specialist to be confident about the survival of my twins. I never gave up. I kept myself thinking positively and waited patiently for my babies to arrive. They were born five weeks early with very little chance of living for longer than a month. They did live. In fact, they just turned 12 years old on August 18th. They have brought my husband and I more joy and happiness than we could have ever imagined.
"The lesson I learned from this experience is to never give up on anything that is of real importance to me, even if it may require me to take big risks. The action I want you to take is be willing to take the risks that are always required for success. Go above and beyond to accomplish what matters to you in your life. The benefit you will gain is you will get to live a life without regrets that is full of joy and rewards."
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