I have interacted, both socially and professionally, with Burton Group in a variety of ways over many years. The quality of people, their integrity, and the quality of their work have always impressed me. In short, Burton Group is the kind of place I want to work for and the people are the kind of eccentric, entertaining people that I love being around.
After a few years in the making, I have joined Burton Group as a senior analyst on the Identity and Privacy Strategies team. The first day at a new job is always a little gut churning. When that first day is the first day of the Catalyst conference it gets even more interesting.
Today I found myself on stage with the rest of the team during the Identity Management market overview presentation. Stoically silent, I scanned the room for friends in the industry. Needless to say there were more than a few very surprised people.
As my first real act as an analyst I recorded an introductory podcast – Not bad as an intro. Obviously, there will be more to come as I take on my research projects. Stay tuned!
Last week a friend of mine from the tai chi school, William Nicholson, dropped dead. He was at the school joking with other students when he turned his head and fell to the floor. He died leaving his wife and two daughters.
I don’t think that you ever fully appreciate the people around you until they are no longer there. William had an amazing positive spirit and great sense of humor. Work was secondary to him. Although he was a successful lawyer, work was merely a means to an end and not an end in and of itself. He was very active in the community. He took an active role with his eldest daughter’s field hockey team. He made sure if someone around him needed help that he found a way to help.
In short, he was a man I could have learned a lot more from.Big Willy, as he was known at Great River, was an active martial artist. He had been studying taijiquan for nearly fifteen years. He was at the school usually twice a week. He and I roomed together in Estonia during one of our festivals there. Most recently, he was the head judge at the Traditional Chinese Sword League’s First Tournament. He also helped manage the school’s finances. He will be sorely missed.
I’ve taken some time off. Ever since my grandfather’s death I have been working like a fiend. William’s death piled upon that. I really needed this time to clear my head. Though it may not be the most sensible thing to do, I headed out on a little road trip which has given me some time to process those things I should have processed sooner.
I keep coming back to this lesson: do not wait. If there is something you want to do, do it as soon as possible. Do not wait. William was a fit 48 year old; you never know when your time is up. Do not wait. It doesn’t matter what those things are that you want to do, be they personal or professional, do them now.
I didn’t learn as much as I could from William. What I did learn, I will incorporate into my life. I will not dwell on what I could have learned but did not. I will not wait.