Today, in Aperio's monthly all-staff meeting, I made mention that last week was the fourth anniversary of my good friend and ex-partner Daniel Jacoby's death, at the hands of a brain tumor. In thinking about this brief mention - what I was going to say, and what I ended up saying - I realize that he was a profound influence on me. A few days may go by without me thinking of him, just a few, but more significantly not a day goes by without me thinking like him. In a real sense he is still alive, in my mind.
When you get to know someone, there is another form of learning by copying, too; you copy what they are thinking! Or even how they are thinking. And so it is, with me, with Daniel. As situations arise, I find myself thinking ahead, and also find myself thinking ahead like Daniel would have thought ahead, which gives me a point of view and a learning I wouldn't have had otherwise. Very valuable, and very interesting.
So here's to you, Daniel. May you always remain alive - in my head - so I can keep learning from you.