Two crucial pieces of advice for executives

by | Feb/24/2010

My wife and I were traveling a little over a week ago when we got a phone call that one of our immediate relatives dropped dead from a heart attack. He was standing in line at the pharmacy to get medicine his doctor just prescribed for “heart burn” and collapsed, unconscious, and his heart was no longer pumping blood. Simply put: he died.

We rushed home and drove all night long after being told that his chance of survival was small. Thankfully, he will make a full recovery. That’s after pharmacy personnel defibrillated him, started CPR, rushed him to the ER and then the OR where they cracked open his chest and performed a triple bypass.

You know what? He is the right weight for his 6’1” height. He quit smoking years ago, and cut back on drinking. He exercises and is strong as a horse. He eats well. And his doctor told him it was heartburn.

I bet after surviving this event he gives up red meat and drinking all together and doubles his exercise routine. I see the same things with CEO’s, Presidents, CFO’s, and other executives if their company survives an IT security breach. Sometimes it is too late, and the recovery is no fun.

Why does it take a life changing event to get us to pay attention to do the things we know we should be doing?

For me, PLEASE tell your friends—and the person you see in the mirror two pieces of advice:

  1. If you feel chest pain, demand an EKG and don’t leave the doctor until you get one (or call 911—gets you right past the waiting lines at the ER!)
  2. If your last IT security audit was more than 12 months ago—it is time for another!

Before it is too late.


  1. R. Chandra Dewi

    That’s horrible to know, when everything is lete to understand. Especially about healthy life.
    I was Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor, understand very well that healthy life is important more than anything on the world.
    But I know also it was hard , how to be win and faith with our self to make good habit.
    Any way we can learn from this.


  2. Bernie Perry

    Great advice on both points Mike.

    I’ve been in pretty good health myself … although probably not as good as your friend.

    On December 9 I had some mild chest pain so I went to the ER room just in case. Good thing I did … ended up having quad bypass on December 11. Doing great now – rehab has progressed quicker than even the docs expected.

    So to all you macho men out there … do what Mike says. Don’t wait – get checked out right away.



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