During my senior year of high school, I thought I had my life all figured out. When asked what I wanted to do with my life I could describe exactly what and where I wanted to be in life. As many of you have probably come to realize, at this point in your life. Life has a funny way of continuing to surprise you. As a young and developing 17-year-old boy, I had not yet faced any hardships in life. I did not quite know the ugly side of life. The summer after graduating high school, life threw on my plate such a difficult hardship and burden. One that I thought I could never overcome and endure. Over the course of my journey, I promised myself that if I was to overcome this hardship and deal with this burden for the rest of my life, then I would give back. I promised to spend the rest of my life being a servant to the people and making the lives of others better. If I wasn’t spending each day of my life making that of another better, then I was merely wasting my own time, my own talents, and my own life. This is my motivation and the reason I wake up every morning.
Now that you know my motive behind my work, let me introduce myself. My name is Libario Obeid however my friends and family call me Lib. Let me tell you a little bit about myself and what I do. After being diagnosed with stage IV cancer, I decided to pursue a career in medicine. After missing a semester of college, I eased my way back into the next semester taking pre-requisite courses. The next fall or 2013 was really my first semester of full workload like a pre-med student should have. Except I was determined to graduate on time with my friends and so three years later I got my diploma on time with a Biology major and Ethics minor on the pre-med track. I thought I would be attending medical school in the fall of 2016 however as I mentioned before, life has a funny way of continuing to surprise you. I thought that my calling in life was to become a pediatric oncologist and so I spent over 400 hours of shadowing different types of physicians in order to be best prepared for this tough career. After graduating, I realized that I did not have to be a doctor in order to give back. With this in mind I set out in the fall of 2016 to acquire my Masters of Business Administration focused on entrepreneurship in an accelerated manner. I wanted to complete it in a little over a year. While working as a graduate assistant in the business and economic department of my college I began working on my MBA all while working full time at Dun and Bradstreet as a credit analyst and working part time in the evenings as a tennis professional coach in two clubs in my area. Despite my busy schedule giving back has a spot in my heart and so I make sure to dedicate enough time to volunteering at the hospital and working as a volunteer and board member of the Dream Come True foundation to help make the wishes of kids with terminal illness become a reality.
As of today, I spend most of my days focusing on public speaking as well as working part-time in the business consulting field. As I mentioned before, my motive for all my work is to make the lives of others better not just terminally ill children. Every step I take will hopefully bring me one step closer towards that vision. I hope that my story and experiences can help you be better prepare yourself for the hardships you currently face in life and even the ones that you may have to face later on.