“Well,” he said, “I was counseling a young man who had a brain tumor, and I called him one day and I asked him, ‘Are you having a good day?’ And he said, ‘Well, my wife is 32 years old, my kids are four and six, and my doctor tells me I have about two months to live. There’s no such thing as a bad day.’

Beyond Wealth 9/16/2016

[Hamilton] Jordan was diagnosed with cancer three times. The first was lymphoma, which he believed was a result of his exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. That battle was followed by bouts with melanoma and prostate cancer.

He wrote a book called No Such Thing as a Bad Day, the story of his personal struggles. In an interview with WebMD, he was asked about his choice of title.

“Well,” he said, “I was counseling a young man who had a brain tumor, and I called him one day and I asked him, ‘Are you having a good day?’ And he said, ‘Well, my wife is 32 years old, my kids are four and six, and my doctor tells me I have about two months to live. There’s no such thing as a bad day.’”

Jordan was clearly impressed with this attitude because he came to embody it himself.”

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