See Your Best Self, Be Your Best Self – An Interview w My Dad Al McCree

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My Dad Al McCree

The Call
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 ( 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.


Interview with Lori Deschene: Founder of

Lori Deschene Founder of TinyBuddha
This week I was lucky enough to interview a person I admire greatly, the founder of Lori Deschene.

Her blog  and Twitter feed inspires thousands of people around the world. She shares simple wisdom in the form of quotes, writings, and books. She also shares amazing content from many inspiring writers and seekers.

Before Lori published my posts on I was a small blogger with just a few dozen readers. Because of her help my blog has gotten thousands of views and has hundreds of subscribers.

I want to take this chance to thank her for the community she has built, the opportunity she has given me, and the inspiring example she is setting with

If you don’t know about her or her blog please go over and check it out. I know you won’t be disappointed.

She was nice enough to take the time to answer a few questions for this humble blog. I hope you all enjoy her answers as much as I did.

1. A big thing about Tiny Buddha is sharing inspiring quotes. Have these sayings given your strength through difficult times? 

Absolutely! There’s one quote that’s impacted me more than any other: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.”

This is one I found during one of the lowest times of my life, when I was living an isolated existence in a low-income dorm-style Manhattan building. I had no money, no friends, no self-respect, and, I thought, no hope.

But this quote changed my perspective. I formerly thought my circumstances defined me, but suddenly I considered that maybe I wasn’t the sum of my mistakes; maybe I could be the strength I found to learn from them and move beyond them.

This particular experience happened a few years before I started, but I continue to use this as a personal mantra. And I always reflect on the daily quote—which makes sense given that I often choose them based on what I’m dealing with at a given time!

2. Who is the most quotable person in your life?
Interesting question! I’d have to say my boyfriend. He’s someone I turn to for guidance and support because he’s insightful and wise beyond his years. That’s something that drew me to him initially.

He embodies all the qualities I aspire to possess: he has a sense of childlike wonder and presence; he sees the best in people and gives them the benefit of the doubt; and he knows that gratitude is the key to happiness.

3. What exciting projects are you working on right now? When can we expect to see them come online?
I’m working on a few exciting things right now! Sometime within the next few weeks, I plan to launch a new, responsive design and forums. I’m in the initial phases of building a Tiny Buddha iPhone app, which I hope to launch in a few months.

I’m planning a second site with my first ever eCourse (in partnership with my boyfriend, actually), which should be up by June or July. And I’m also preparing to launch my second book, Tiny Buddha’s Guide to Self-Love, this fall.

4. Do you think that using others quotes limits creativity or does it support the creative process? And why?
That’s an interesting question. I never really thought about whether it limits creativity, but I suppose it could for some.

I wanted to run the blog this way, having all posts start with a quote, because the site came after the Twitter account, which was a quote feed.

I wondered how many of us actually applied those daily thoughts to our lives; and I hoped that by encouraging people to share stories related to the quotes, it would inspire us to focus more on doing that.

Especially now that we have so much information at our fingertips, it’s tempting to consume ideas without really reflecting on them and doing something with them.

Requiring people to write with quotes in mind may limit the experience of writing, but I hope it enhances the experience of living!

5. What is your experience with mindfulness and exercise practice? Have either or both taught you any valuable lessons?
Both have taught me valuable lessons. Mindfulness has taught me that I truly can “start over” at any time. I don’t need to carry the weight of who or where I’ve been—every moment can be a fresh start if I’m willing to let it be.

Exercise is something I’ve learned a lot from, but I’m not currently applying those lessons very well! Since I moved out of my apartment a month back, I’ve been hopping around and I haven’t stuck to a routine. However, I know that I am happier and more balanced when I prioritize exercise.

It’s not just about my body—something I thought years ago. It’s about my overall well-being. It’s a big part of being good to myself, and it affects my ability to be good for others.

6. How do people transform their lives?
There are lots of ways—but I suggest starting by changing your thoughts. If we can take responsibility for ourselves without blaming ourselves, and challenge the beliefs that keep us stuck, we’re in good shape to start creating real change. Beyond that, I suggest focusing on the tiny things. It’s less overwhelming, therefore easier to maintain consistency, and, the small things all add up!

Thanks again Lori for taking the time to answer these questions. If you don’t know about Lori please check out her blog and twitter feed.

Posts I’ve written for TinyBuddha
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12 Dec 5 Powerful Things to Do for Yourself When You’re Sick

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha, a community blog that features stories and insights from readers all over the globe. Since it launched in 2009, Tiny Buddha has grown into one of the most popular inspirational sites on the web, with more than 1 million social media friends. Lori runs the site as a group effort because she believes we all have something to teach and something to learn. She is the author of Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions and the Tiny Wisdom eBooks series.