A few weeks ago, my dad called me and told me he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The news surprised me and reminded me again that my parents won’t be around forever.
Luckily, his cancer is very treatable and all signs point to a positive outcome, but this isn’t the first time I had gotten this kind of phone call. A few years ago he called to tell me, he was diagnosed with heart disease.
Over the years from his first diagnosis to this more recent one, I’ve gotten to watch him deal with these illnesses with courage and faith. I saw how it helped him reflect on his life story and I wanted to sit down and talk to him about how these diagnoses had affected his life.
I also wanted to ask him about his journey from a fighter pilot to a record label owner and find out what he thought were the biggest factors in him leading a happy and fulfilled life.
In this interview we talk about:
– Looking at his own mortality
– Why you should follow your dream
– And how he used imaging to achieve his goals.
I want to thank him for his frank and honest answers. He has obviously been a big influence on my life and his story inspires me to be my best self. Below are some of the questions I asked and I hope you enjoy watching this interview as much as I liked doing it.
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Interview w Al McCree from Samuel Gentoku McCree on Vimeo.
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- In the past decade you have been diagnosed with Heart Disease and then Prostate cancer, how have each of these diagnoses changed your life or you perspective on the choices you’ve made?
- What role has awareness or spiritual reflection played in your life?
- If you could go back and tell your 30-year-old self anything what would it be?
- What are the main factors or factors that are essential for people who want to change their lives?
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Al McCree is a professional speaker, songwriter, entrepreneur and retired Air Force fighter pilot. He is CEO of Altissimo!Recordings, a record label that features the music of the US Military bands, orchestras and ensembles (militarymusic.com). As a speaker, Al has conducted programs on such topics as leadership, sales, customer service, and professional development for corporations and associations throughout the country. His corporate clients include Featherlite Trailers, Apple Computer, Gulf Stream Aerospace, Maytag, The Franklin Life Insurance Company, and Lanier Worldwide. His association clients include the National Association of Life Underwriters, the Association for Service Management International, the Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association, the Tennessee Safety Congress, and the National Fraternal Congress of America. Educational organizations include the National Association of Teacher Educators, the Maryland/DC Association for School Business Officials, The Tennessee Academy of School Leaders, and ASBO International.
3 thoughts on “See Your Best Self, Be Your Best Self – An Interview w My Dad Al McCree”
wow Toku, great interview! I enjoyed it a lot. Your father is a smart man and you had some great questions. You should do interviews more often! 🙂
I’d love to do more please send me any suggestions. For that matter would you like to do one?
haha, sounds good. 😀 but let me think about it. Maybe we can talk about this and discuss mindfulness on email or some through Skype chat or something (I’m kristkivi on Skype)?
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