Career Advice From My Dad – Part 2

Mar 16 2012 in Featured, Job Search Strategy, reCareered Blog by Phil Rosenberg

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The eulogy I delivered a few weeks ago for my father is applicable for job seekers also – so I wanted to share this very personal communication with you.

Even in death, my dad Al Rosenberg, couldn’t pass up the opportunity to teach.

Dad taught everyone about the power of a positive attitude. Dad chose to fight cancer with the most powerful weapon he had – his attitude.

From when he first learned of his lung cancer diagnosis, Dad took the attitude that “Everything’s great”.

He wasn’t hiding his head in the sand – Dad believed that if he continued to believe he would be ok … then he would be ok.

This drove his family a little nuts at times. But it worked.

Dad’s attitude kept him strong for a long time …

He survived 2 lung lobe removal surgeries, countless chemo treatments, a femoral aneurysm, 2 heart blockages, surviving and mostly thriving for 8 good years, remarkably pain free. Dad’s the only person I’ve ever heard of who didn’t get sick from chemo – doing so well on chemo, I told him he ought stay on the stuff, because he’d never seemed healthier.

Dad’s attitude kept him brave enough to not fear cancer, or even death.

Even in his last month, while it was getting more difficult for him to breathe, he argued that he could make the drive to visit us in Colorado, rather than go on a plane. He tried to convince us that he would have absolutely no problem with high altitudes, because he had no problem 12 years ago or when he was in his 20’s.

To his family, this sounded silly and maybe even reckless. But Dad felt that if he believed he could take a 24 hour drive, then he could. If he believed he could thrive at 7,000 feet above sea level with only 3/5ths of his lungs intact, then he could. These beliefs kept him stronger and helped him to keep fighting.

Even in his last days, when he was able to talk, he told the doctors “Everything’s great”. The last time I spoke with him, he couldn’t say much, but everything was great.

Dad could have chosen to end his life in fear … Instead, Dad taught all of us to live our lives with attitude.


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