I want to tell you a story about an event in my life that left a profound impression on me, and reinforced not only on how I approach my practice but also the way I try to approach every facet of my life. If you’ve read my About Me page, you will know about my first career as a U.S. Naval Officer and my lifelong desire to fly Fighters for the Navy – way before Top Gun ever came out!
Unfortunately, I had a heart murmur which prevented me from realizing my dream of Naval Aviation – I instead proudly served as a Surface Warfare Officer – I was a ship driver.
Up until two and a half years ago, the heart murmur didn’t trouble me further until I went into Atrial Fibrillation. Long story short, I had to have open heart surgery to repair the heart murmur caused by my leaky mitral valve. I was extremely fortunate to have one of the best cardiothoracic surgeons in the country repair my valve. Dr. Eugene Goltz was remarkable for a number of reasons.
His professionalism as a heart surgeon was all the more highlighted by the fact that before emigrating from the Ukraine and putting himself through nursing school, medical school and then the cardiothoracic surgery residency and curriculum, he served in the Ukrainian Army as a sniper! What better person to have operate on you then someone with the steady hands of a sniper!!!
But what impressed me the most about Dr. Goltz occurred when he was following up with me after surgery in the Intensive Care Unit. He came in with his residents in tow, to check up on how I was doing. He listened to my newly repaired valve, checked on my labs and asked how I was doing (I am completely recovered and in great shape!). He went over things with his residents who left afterward, and before leaving HE asked me if I would like my light shut off!!! He cared that much and had that kind of consideration for me as his patient. I will never forget that small extra act of kindness and consideration.
I’ve thought about that moment many times since then. It resonated with me because I have always tried to put the same effort in my practice in helping my clients realize their financial goals as well as supporting my family and friends through life’s obstacles. The most successful people I know all seem to have one thing in common – a compassionate spirit with a strong desire to help others in their own unique way. It’s that spirit, that attention to the little things that seems to permeate and enrich successful people’s lives in their various endeavors. Going that extra mile to help others is often one of the most satisfying things we can do in life.
It’s a short story, but that single small extra act of kindness is something I will always remember. Sometimes it’s the little things…