December 5th 2017 marks the five year passing of my good friend and a mentor Doug Kunkel. Doug was an unusual man in that he was a partner in a large, international accounting firm, but also wrote code–very good code, which is still used in major corporate financial systems.
But more than what he achieved in a professional sense, Doug was also a great human to know. He was humorous, honest, kind but also expected results, at times technically fearless, and a great teacher.
Mentors have made a world of difference to me in my profession. Someone once told me that if you think you’ll be missed when you leave work, pull your hand from a bucket of water as fast as you can: the hole you leave will be how much you will be missed. If you wish to leave a longer legacy, mentor someone–your influence will endure for the length of their career as well; and perhaps through them to others.
This is episode 93 of Conversations with Kip, the best financial system vlog there is.