Saying So Long to My MentorThere are people who make a lasting and indelible imprint on your life, and my Uncle Nim was one of those people for me. If it wasn’t for his influence and mentorship during my childhood, I don’t know what I would have done, or where I would be today.

This episode is a tribute to Uncle Nim as a way for me to process my grief, archive his impact on my life for my son, and let my friends and family know how much he truly meant to me. Rest in power, Uncle Nim.

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Key Quotes:

  • “As much as I resisted it, I was shaped by a powerful environment during my teenage years.”
  • “We know in tribal communities that elders are the wisdom keepers, and they are held in high regard. Uncle Nim was that tribal elder for me.”
  • “I spent countless hours around [Uncle Nim] in my youth. I took for granted that he was planting seeds during this time. Like a good corn crop, these seeds planted, cultivated, irrigated, and nurtured would later reveal a great harvest.”
  • “Work fast, get done quick. Time and effort expended are largely irrelevant—its results that matter at the end of the day.”
  • “Better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it.”
  • “Leadership isn’t always pretty.”
  • “Details matter.”
  • “It’s ok to mix a little play in your work.”

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