A tribute to my father and mentor
On December 7, 2013, Al Doescher, a common man with a lot of wisdom, passed after enjoying a very fruitful life. In reflecting upon his life, I connected some dots I had never thought of before. The following is partially therapy, but hopefully some advice that will enhance your life and business. Enjoy.
As many of you know, Frank Moran, founding partner of Plante Moran, had an enormous impact on my life and our family; as a result, he has been mentioned or quoted many times in previous blogs or in our Food for Thought articles. The first time I heard Frank speak, it was special. His philosophies connected to something deep inside of me. From that first moment, I said, “I’m all in” — and I never looked back for 40 years.
Those of you who have been receiving our blogs know we identified four traits observed in the greatest leaders, and labeled them the “Big 4” ( Read them here: Big 4 and Big 3). The first trait is a high degree of self-knowledge or, as Socrates would say, “Know thyself.” A new insight for me has been the realization that my dad and Frank Moran were philosophically similar. Now I know why I was so at home at Plante Moran!
Anyway, here are 10 Al Doescher proverbs:
- Every day is a bonus.
- Life is a bowl of cherries. Watch out for the pits.
- One day at a time.
- It is what it is.
- What you gonna do?
- You can’t spend watcha ain’t got.
- Save your nickels and dimes.
- He puts his pants on one leg at a time, just like everybody else.
- The Golden Years ain’t so Golden.
- He’s dumb like a fox.
Hopefully there are one or two that will be helpful to you in your life or business.
In recent years I have come to realize that, most days, I draw upon the mentoring I received as a child. So now you know more about me, too.