Three Life Lessons in Overcoming Cancer

three life lessons in overcoming cancerIn 2014 I was at the top of my game professionally and personally.  I was a two-star Admiral serving as the Director of Intelligence for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and had recently completed the Honolulu Marathon.  Then I was shockingly diagnosed with Stage IV Bone Marrow Marrow Cancer.  I spent most of 2015 in and out the hospital, undergoing several life-saving surgeries, procedures, High Dose Chemotherapy and a Stem Cell Transplant.   Thank God I’m now in a stable remission.  What did I learn along the way that’s applicable to any cancer patient or individual faced with extreme adversity?

  1. Tenacity is a key to success. What defines us in crisis is how tenaciously we get back up after we’ve been knocked down.  Despite setbacks, every one of us has the capacity to heal, overcome and lead lives that are amazingly impactful.
  2. Develop New Teammates. Medical travails offer incredible opportunities to work with passionate, intelligent, devoted caregivers and administrators.  In addition to one’s core family and friends, new positive relationships with medical professionals are amazing recovery force multipliers.
  3. Lead A Purposeful Life. Do things to make the world better in ways that only you can … that’s the greatest revenge against cancer or any other extreme obstacle.

My motivational keynote presentations focus on how “Teamwork, Tone, Tenacity” leadership principles provide a framework for overcoming extreme adversity.  For more T3, visit:


Paul Becker inspires leaders and organizations on how to overcome adversity and achieve their maximum achievement through “Teamwork, Tone, Tenacity.”™ A motivational keynote speaker and author, Paul draws on decades of experience successfully leading, large, diverse teams in complex and unpredictable situations.  His “T3” principles provide a framework for turning tragedy into triumph when faced with the unexpected and directly translate into corporate pillars of performance, productivity, and profit.  For more T3, visit:

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