My NEW DO!!!
I had the honor of attending the Younique Inaugural Convention a couple of weeks ago and it changed my life!!! I wanted to make this a short post hoping that more people would read it. The Founder of Younique, Derek Maxfield, taught a class on the Life Lessons he has learned. He had Leukemia when he was first married and then not too long after, collided with his boss while playing basketball. He was very reluctant to share these stories for fear of making "all about him". His sister Melanie really encouraged him to share these experiences.
He received his cancer treatments at U of U Cancer institute. He lived there for 4 months on the 5th floor. Derek got to know all the nurses and patients. He felt very blessed because many other cancer patients with his same type of cancer around his age did not make it. He remembers feeling so blessed when he would come back for check-ups. He finds it fascinating the power our mind has over our bodies. He would come in for his checkups and he would break out in hives. There was no medical reason either. Derek would hear the jingle of the food cart on the 5th floor and would immediately get nauseous. He was thrilled five years later his Dr. used the "c" word and said he was CURED!!! "You never have to come back!" she said.
A few weeks later an accident happened while he was playing basketball on his lunch break. He came down and collided heads with his boss. He shattered his sinus cavity and his eye socket fell down. One of his friends turned around and looked at him and his eyes popped wide open because of what he saw! The guys wanted to call an ambulance but Derek argued because of what it would cost. They lowered him down to the ground flat and he asked a friend to take him to the hospital. What did the others do? Kept playing basketball, of course!
When his friend took him to the hospital, he just dropped Derek off. He walked up to the counter and the lady said, "Just put your name...WHOA!" She walked back and ran behind the counter and said, "Doctor! Doctor! There is a man out here who looks like he got hit in the face with a hammer! " The Dr. told her to just have him have seat. She said, "No, no, can you come out?" Derek turned and their was a man in a sling who said, "You can go ahead of me." They took Derek back and were giving him lots of attention and right then, two skiing accidents came in that were dying...trauma one. So Derek was there for four hours on the gurney. They were yelling at him to stop whining because the others were dying. Finally they ran some tests and gave him some morphine and a button to push. The Dr. finally cam in and said, "Well, you broke your face and you are too swollen to do surgery so come back on Wed." It was Friday that day. Derek had always wanted a black eye but didn't want to get in a fight to get one and boy did he get one. His exact words were, "This one was AWESOME!" He went to church, and went to work Monday and Tuesday because he didn't want to take the time off. When his boss saw him, he sent Derek home. He had surgery on Wed. and it was a 5 1/2 hour surgery. They had to run to the supply house to get more screws. The screws were $1,200 each and the plates were $3,000. He now has a face of titanium. He is the special kind so he doesn't have a problem at the airport. He now has a scar from ear to ear across the top of his head. The surgery was evasive and so was the recovery
He came home and made sure that everyday was going to count. He had cheated death. He felt so blessed to be alive. He made a list of things that he didn't ever want to forget. Here are the Personal Life Lessons that Derek Maxfield has learned. They are personal and from the heart. He wrote ten and shared five.
1. GET UP!!! The alarm means get up, not negotiate. What do you want bad enough that you are willing to get up for? For Derek, his 5-8 in the morning became more important than his 8-5 at work. That meant that he got up at 4:45 a.m. He only sacrificed sleep. Then from 5-8 in the evening, that was his family time.
2. Priorities Do the right thing at the right time.
3. Be Me! Discover, embrace and leverage my unique abilities.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST,