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I am a CEO with stage 4 cancer. Let me tell you about life

I’m a CEO with stage 4 cancer. Here’s what I can tell you about life

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As the CEO of US real estate company, Keyrenter Franchise, Aaron Marshall spent around 60 to 90 hours per week at work. That all changed when he was diagnosed with stage two and stage four cancer in his appendix, colon and liver.

“After a diagnosis of cancer, it changes your entire thinking,” Marshall told Yahoo Finance. “It helps put things in perspective, and things that once were a priority were no longer so.”

I Am A CEO With Stage 4 Cancer

In the beginning, Marshall considered stepping down from his role as CEO, but his wife urged him to stay on.

“My wife gave me the advice I needed – she said, ‘you need something to get yourself out of bed in the morning’,” he said.

As a CEO, it can be hard to take your foot off the pedal and allow your staff to do the hard yards. But this is exactly what Marshall had to do if he was going to continue.

“I knew I needed to focus on healing my body, but I also needed something to get me out of bed. I re-prioritised my days and delegated many tasks to my capable team,” he said.

And this is one of those that always seems impossible. “I empowered them to succeed in their roles. And now, I meet with them one-on-one each week to ensure they are confident in what they are doing. The company has a vision and each team member is part of that.”

But while Marshall finally learned the importance of having a great work-life balance, he said his biggest lesson through it all was this: “Life is precious.”

“Even more so now, I encourage people to find their passion and follow it,” he said.

Live Like There’s No Expiration Date

Despite his cancer diagnosis, Marshall said he doesn’t believe in expiration dates. He believes everyone should live the same way, cancer or not.

“Growing up, my parents always said they would vacation and do more things once they retired and had more time,” Marshall said.

“Shortly after retirement, my mum was diagnosed with a disease that put her in a wheelchair. They have made travel work in their retirement, but it’s not the way they envisioned.”

So, Marshall made a decision early on not to wait.

“Life is about the journey, and we need to enjoy it. We need not wait until some future day that may never come,” he said. “Since my diagnosis, this drive has only increased. I want to make memories with my family, and spend time with them, enjoying life and guiding them as they become of age and make decisions on their own.”

His one piece of advice? “Enjoy life.”

I Am A CEO With Stage 4 Cancer – And I Know Being Positive Is A Choice

Marshall said he’s become something of a mentor to his peers and colleagues, and the one question they always ask him is, “how do you stay so positive?”

And the answer is simple: positivity is intentional.

“I have had many challenges throughout my life that shaped me to be the man I am today,” Marshall said.

“From birth, being born with a cleft palate, the surgeries, the speech delays. I had a drive to overcome these challenges. As I look back, I realise these were all lessons that are helping me today with my current cancer challenge.”

And while his cancer diagnosis might be out of his control, the key to staying positive is to focus on what you can control.

“I don’t just take what my doctor tells me. If I did, it would be hard to stay positive,” he said. “Instead, I focus on what I can control – my diet, my attitude, exercise, life balance, and I am not afraid to change directions if needed.”

“I still have bad days, and sometimes we need to feel those feelings, but I don’t dwell on them. I let them come and then I get up and get moving.”

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A number of companies are investing in corporate quality of worklife for their employees and they are letting them know about how to maximize them.

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Maintaining a positive work-life integration is important for employees productivity, happiness and health. To help employees manage the many demands of work and life, Emory offers many resources, programs and services. Emory also have a Benefits and Work Life department.

Financial Programs: Managing personal finances is challenging at all stages of life and financial stress can make it difficult for employees concentrate on their other work-life responsibilities. Emory provides several resources and programs to help employees plan their financial future.

Workplace Flexibility: To respond to today’s need to be a more agile workplace, Emory encourages the use of flexible work options to help employees meet their work and personal responsibilities.

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Women Outlive Men Into Retirement, With Less Money

New Zealand women's problem: Less money, longer lives

If you’re a woman planning for retirement, good news. You’re probably going to have a longer post-work life than the men around you, because women outlive men.

Wrightson said one of the most effective things that a young woman starting out in the workforce could do was to get her KiwiSaver sorted.

“I clench teeth when people say it should be taught in schools – do teachers have to do everything?”

“It’s the first and the easiest thing to do… something that gets you saving a bit of money every pay day is a good thing …”

“Women outlive men so it’s even more important to arrive at retirement with funds but there’s an issue of how every individual has a sense of their financial future. It’s not selfish… it’s still a subject that doesn’t get talked about.”

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“Managing money, being responsible with money, that’s something every child should start to pick up at home, not just from school.”

That “leaning in” to money management also set a good example for children. “I clench teeth when people say it should be taught in schools – do teachers have to do everything? Managing money, being responsible with money, that’s something they should start to pick up at home.”

Women are still most likely to stop work to look after a child, and when they come back to work they earn less – sometimes valuing flexibility over career moves or greater pay.

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Empty nest: what to do before you experience it



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Author Jill Savage talks about the freedom, and the challenges, of the empty nest. Savage remembers preparing for the time when her kids would leave home and being surprised at how hard it really was to adjust to a quiet house. Hear some sound advice from a mom who’s been there.


  • Their wives will be number one in their life, as it is supposed to be. But that means, I am not. I used to be number in their lives as their mother.
  • A couple says, 6 or 7 weeks after their last son had gone to college, they got a call one night from Domino’s, just checking to know, is everything okay. No kids’ orders!
  • It feels like being fired from the job you’ve been doing for years. Just when you are at your prime of being a good parent.
  • Identify crisis questions like, ‘Who am I right now?’ comes up.
  • I can’t ask the same questions that I used to ask anymore, because it is no longer my role.



  • Not just, what will I be doing, but most importantly, who will I be spending time with when they are gone? If that person will be your spouse, how are you embracing, developing or neglecting that relationship now? Develop or fix now, the most important relationship(s) in your life, outside of the kids.
  • Your kids will still need you, but in a different way; as cheerleader, coach, or encourager. But beyond the kids, who else will be out there that will need your nurturing? Who are you allowing now to be your own coach and encourager or you are walking the journey all by yourself with your own cook book of little experience?
  • You will need to let go of guilt. What you did well or didn’t do well for your kids. But, why not work now to reduce the likely reasons for guilt later? Making every parenting pain, season, events, request, a grateful privilege to respond to or handle, before that opportunity and privilege pass you on.

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Life after Work


Retirement freedom can also be a trap

Retirement freedom can also be a trap if one is not prepared. It can be a trap into cages called regrets, catch ups, make ups and getting worked up.

It’s easy to get so engrossed in the pressures of daily worklife that at age 50, it’s not unusual to still be asking the question, what is life in retirement all about? As a very dedicated worker, you give your all to work. But it is possible for you to realize late at retirement, that you have been left behind in other critical areas of life.

“Don’t get so busy making a living, that you forget to make a life”


No highly valued golden chain – job security, benefits or rewards – is worth the suffering and laboring at a great or mediocre work life, if the end game is another chain trap – top regrets of retirees. We can be chained to a routine worklife that has killed dreams, though it gives most of what we seemingly want from life, now.

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Someone’s entire worklife can be very fulfilling, and it should be. But retirement is a time to experience a different type of fulfillment in life. A time to experience many enjoyable and rewarding activities. It does not mean a time of no work. How we all define work is very relative.

Retirement freedom and financial independence can come very early

For a few, retirement and financial independence can come very early in life. Some made their best move retiring early, and some others have regrets retiring early. However, the reality is that, for most people, retirement will come with ‘old’ age. Just like when we stepped into pre-school, college, then our working life, retirement is a blank sheet of paper. It is different if we enter into it at old age because it can send us back to pre-school.

“Anyone with a pension or retirement is an investor in the stock market” Brad Katsuyama

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Unlike pre-school, we do not have the benefits or disadvantages of life varied experiences, successes and failures. It is nevertheless a chance for us to redesign our life into something new, different, and maybe vibrant. Most life commitments done away with, and free from the shackles of ‘forced’ worklife.

“It’s nice to get out of the rat race, but you have to learn to get along with less cheese.”
— Gene Perret

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More than half of retirees have retirement regrets. It is a painful part of your existence to wish you can go back in time and start all over again. To have a second opportunity to correct mistakes, love and express it, forgive before it is asked for or avoid devastating decisions. Ever wondered what you would say to your younger self at retirement?

Retirement offers a unique freedom that can only be maximized if you are prepared. When should retirement planning start? How should you prepare for retirement?

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