Tribute to Zafer Estill
It is with great difficulty, I share this post about the passing of my 19 year old nephew Zafer Estill.
Thursday night after midnight I was called my my distraught brother, Lyle who shared the terrible news that his son was dead. I could hardly understand what he was saying. I did not want to understand it.
His obituary is here
A promising young man whose life was cut short.
He was polite, kind and interested in life. Because he knew I liked business, when we were together, he talked about business. I thought he had potential to be a great business person because of his natural interest.
I recall once he did a run of tshirts and sold them for $20 US each. Even for uncle Jim, this margin seemed a bit much. But I was visiting and he was away. I took one from his stash and left a $20 bill. How better to support a budding business person than buying their product.
I remember him reading Business Week magazine that my father had on his coffee table.
The photo is from a few years ago but of course I remember him as a child.
Now to cry...
Happy Birthday Big Plans
I had a birthday this week and my brother asked me if I had big plans. The reply was "of course I have big plans - I always have big plans regardless of whether it is my birthday or not."
Reflecting on how often those big plans come to fruition, I note that they often don't. But because I have plans, I get closer to them than not having big plans. Big plans inspire. Big plans create drive. And as the word plan says - it implies defining the goal. The clearer the definition, the greater the likelihood of success.
The challenge with big plans or goals is they can be daunting so the trick I find that works is breaking them down into smaller steps. How do you climb a mountain? One step at a time.
I have rarely had an article go viral. I republished one that I wrote many years ago on my linkedin that did. Over 1,000,000 views. "How to write an article in 20 minutes
A friend is solving the Guelph housing problem and needs tenants
The ice is gone but it is still not spring.
Note the wind turbine.