Today, Nov 16, marks one year from when a remarkable man, Paul O'Byrne, closed his human eyes for the final time. My brilliant friend--a fellow senior fellow of VeraSage Institute--fought a noble battle against a slightly more stubborn cancer that was determined to grow.
Paul changed the world. For me, anyway, and for a lot of other Chartered Accountants and CPAs. Paul O and his partner, Paul Kennedy (their firm O'Byrne & Kennedy in Goffs Oak) were among Ron Baker's earliest victims converts subscribing, quickly, to pricing in advance rather than billing after the fact. A few years later, they even trashed their timesheets.
But that's not how Paul changed the world. Paul was a gifted counselor and something of (in his words!) a "speaking whore." In this role, he inspired a lot of people in many countries.
If you have just a few minutes, I encourage you to visit the final entry of his blog, posted by his children, which is the transcription of his eulogies. You can get just a little taste of Paul's charming wit and dedication to his family, friends, community and clients
Please give blood regularly.
And, please, in honor of Paul, be sure to carpe your diems!