Monthly Archives: April 2015
In February I shared the sad news that Bill Kimmel, my business partner and good friend of almost 40 years, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. That is the main reason the posts here have been few and far between. Here is an update.
It has been a rough few months. The chemo failed, but it did make him sick. As a result, he ended up in the hospital for a week with complications. This led to hospice care at home which was working pretty well.
During that time I flew to MN for some visits. We tied up some loose business ends, reminisced, and even laughed a bit as we relived our past consulting adventures (and a few misadventures…)
We decided our business had accomplished the three objectives we had for any project — do some good, have some fun, make some money.
- We’ve solved or prevented hundreds of EMI (electromagnetic interference) problems in a wide range of industries – computers, medical devices, defense (space craft to submarines), vehicles (planes, trains, automobiles – even fire trucks), industrial controls, facilities (including nuclear power plants & oil refineries), and more.
- We’ve trained over 10,000 designers through our public and in-house classes – immensely satisfying in itself.
- We had a great time visiting almost every state and several foreign countries – and we made many friends along the way.
- We both ended up financially set for retirement – even though we’ve remained involved with our little consulting business.
The bottom line — no regrets. Looking back, it has been so much more interesting and satisfying than had we stayed with corporate careers.
While consulting is not for everyone, for us it has been simply great! It is also what keeps me going with the blog — the hope that others may be inspired to do the same.
Last week things took a turn for the worse. Having balance problems, Bill moved to a full care facility as his wife could no longer care for him at home. They had agreed on such a move ahead of time.
Nevertheless it has not been easy for anyone — Bill, his family, his friends, nor his business partner. But for now, he is hanging in there.
The response from our friends/clients/colleagues has been most gratifying. That is a good measure of business success – how much you and your work have been appreciated. I’m sincerely thankful to everyone who has expressed their kind thoughts to both of us.
In closing, my Dad had a sign in his workshop that said “Live, so that when you die, even the undertaker will be sorry.” As a kid, I found it a little spooky, but at this point in my life and career I fully appreciate the sentiment.
And don’t wait to start living your dream. Later, you want to be able to look back and smile as we are now doing — and perhaps even laugh a bit!
P.S. ATTN Friends/Clients/Colleagues – Contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to low energy, he may not reply, but rest assured he enjoys hearing from you.
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