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Vickie Sullivan is internationally recognized as the top market strategist for thought leaders, professional speakers and B2B professional service firms. Specializing in brand and message strategies in crowded markets, she has helped thousands of talented people outsmart their competition since 1987.

Written by: Vickie Sullivan  |  April 28, 2011

The Man in the Wheelchair

Mom was in the hospital when the doctors told her that her ovarian cancer could no longer be treated.  The first thing she said to me, “I am very concerned about Pop’s welfare.”  Translation:  I need you to watch over him.  Reluctantly, I told her I would.  We both knew it wasn’t going to be easy.

Pop was a big main with a big personality.  Confined to a wheelchair but independent to a fault.  Hanging with him after Mom died taught me things I thought I knew but really didn’t.  Too little space to list them all here, but here’s the biggest one:  Focus on what you can do.  Ignore what you can’t do.  Help is always on the way.

My time with Pop ended on February 26th, when he left to join his “precious wife”.  He’s free now to enjoy the love of his life.  His legacy — and lessons — will live on down here with me and everyone he touched.  May we all remember that we teach more by example than by PowerPoint.


About Vickie Sullivan

Vickie Sullivan is internationally recognized as the top market strategist for thought leaders, professional speakers and B2B professional service firms. Specializing in brand and message strategies in crowded markets, she has helped thousands of talented people outsmart their competition since 1987.