Welcome to My Office: Compelled

I spend several hours each week in my home office to think, read, and write. In addition to the weekly leadership blog post and podcast, I would like to connect with you on a more personal level to share books, stories, quotes, and principles that have recently impacted me. I hope it will encourage you on your journey of growth and discovery.

-Wes Saade, M.D.


I hope you?ve had a great week!

This week I followed what I always recommend to my patients: I got my yearly physical. However, I am embarrassed to admit this was my first EVER physical as an adult. (Sometimes doctors are the worst patients.) I also put it on my computer calendar to repeat yearly.? Dr. Ragland did a great job. If you live in the Fort Worth area, you should come see her.

So here is what I learned this week!

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Book I Read This Week:?Compelled

I just finished reading Compelled by Dr. Toni Grover.? This is a book about the heinous crime of human trafficking.?? I will be interviewing Dr. Grover about her book for the Aspire To Lead podcast next week.? Her interview will be posted next month. You won?t want to miss it.

The statistics are shocking!? I believe we should all be aware and participate in solving this inhumane and merciless cruelty. Here are some facts:

  • An estimated 27 million people are enslaved around the world today!
  • Globally the average cost of a slave is $90, while during the height of slavery a few hundred years ago it was $40,000 in today?s dollars.
  • Approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation and 19% involves labor exploitation.
  • The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14 years old.?Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.
  • Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year.
  • The National Human Trafficking Hotline receives more calls from Texas than any other state in the US.?15%?of those calls are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Since I live in the Fort Worth area, this last statistic got my attention. I am looking forward to interviewing Dr. Grover to further learn from her what we can do as individual citizens to help eradicate this ugly crime.

This book is 165 pages long, clear, and well-written. It contains many helpful resources if you are interested in getting involved in this worthy cause. Here is the Amazon link if you would like to purchase Compelled.

Quotes That Impacted Me

My religion is kindness. – Dalai Lama Twitter_logo_blue

Language does have the power to change reality. Therefore, treat your words as the mighty instruments they are – to heal, to bring into being, to nurture, to cherish, to bless, to forgive. – Daphne Rose Kingma

Steve Jobs said his real job is to constantly reinforce the vision of his company.

Just because you are offended does not mean you are right. – Unknown

Never get overwhelmed by the scale of a challenge. ?An inch is a cinch, a yard is very hard. Just keeping inching forward and something that seems impossible, soon will be right there before you. – Chris Fischer, Founder of Ocearch, sharing what his parents used to tell him

Stories That Touched Me

Two Wolves: A Native Cherokee Tale

A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said, “I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one.” The grandson asked him, ?Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?? The grandfather answered, “The one I feed.”

I invite you to share your leadership journey with me as well in the comments section below or by leaving me a voicemail with the tool on the right side of the Aspire website. I look forward to connecting with you!

I hope your weekend is fun and relaxing!?Keep learning and keep growing, my friend.

Lead with love and courage!

Your Friend,
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  • Paul Coneff
    Posted at 12:34h, 28 September Reply

    Loved this. Will definitely need to get this book. My wife and I are praying about how we can help train these kinds of ministries focused on supporting those being rescued from the sex slave industry, otherwise known as human trafficking. Because we have our won non-profit ministry, we can offer training, sharing how Jesus intentionally and willfully fulfilled prophecy when He was:
    1. Left alone and abandoned
    2. Betrayed for the price of a SLAVE to identify with all those sold into slavery/human trafficking
    3. Stripped naked so He could identify with all those sold into slavery/human trafficking
    4. Physically, verbally, mentally and emotionally abused so He could identify with all those sold into slavery/human trafficking
    5. Shamed and humiliated by those in power over them, abusing their positions of power and trust and authority so He could identify with all those sold into slavery/human trafficking
    6. Was tempted to numb His pain so HE could identify with their temptations to numb their pain
    7. Felt forsaken by His Father in His deepest, darkest moment so He could identify with all those feeling God has forsaken them in the midst of their deepest, darkest moment.

    And Jesus trusted His Father at every step of the way, instead of trusting in Satan’s lies, so He could “rise again as the Son of Righteousness with healing in His wings,” to “heal the broken hearted and set the captives free,” (Malachi 4:2; Luke 4:18).

    Because Jesus has been there before them, He knows what they’ve gone through, and He has embraced all their suffering, all their abuse, all their betrayal, all their shame as the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world,” (Rev. 13:8). In fact, Jesus, the God-man is the only One who could embrace all the suffering and all the sin of the all the world, before and after the cross, to death on the cross.

    With thanks for your focus on leadership and especially this important topic where we need leaders to reach them, rescue them and restore them…

    Trusting in the simple – yet supernatural power of HIS-story connecting with our story as we pray for opportunities to partner with ministries focused on those caught up in the horror of human trafficking.


    Paul Coneff

    • Wes Saade
      Posted at 22:37h, 29 September Reply

      Dear Paul,

      I appreciate your comments very much. I can only imagine the hurt, the wounds, and the scars that these individuals have. I know that the powerful healing touch of Jesus will bring them to being whole again.

      I so appreciate the work of your organization that aims to touch this community with hope and healing in the name of Jesus.

      I will be passing on your contact information to Dr. Grover this Wednesday.

      Thank you for your leadership.

      And thank you for supporting Aspire!

      Many blessings,


  • Misty Gilbert
    Posted at 15:38h, 28 September Reply

    Dr. Saade,

    Your quote “An inch is a cinch, a yard is very hard.”, made me remember the Patch the Pirate kids song learned years, here is the link if you want to listen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFadVdGjGC8 Great reminder to just keep inching forward…we should not expect ourselves to do yardstick leaps!

    Love your sign off today: Lead with love and courage!

    • Wes Saade
      Posted at 22:03h, 29 September Reply

      Misty… I have never heard this song! Wow, I really enjoyed it… Great music, tune, and message! And thank you for commenting on the sign off “lead with love and courage”! We have got to do have both to lead well, don’t you agree?

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