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Being Rich Isn’t All About Money

 

BernieToday I am going to the funeral of a man I feel that I knew – but never actually met. Carol’s father, Bernie, passed away unexpectedly last week. He went into the hospital for emergency brain surgery, and it didn’t go well. He died shortly thereafter.

I have been working with Carol for almost two years and if you know Carol at all, you know that she was very close to her father. Recently he had even been on The Noon Show on WGN radio with Carol giving poker tips and other advice, including favorite horses for the Kentucky Derby. (And some listeners later called in to say they won some money following his tips!)

One time a WGN listener called in specifically to talk to Bernie about something he had just said, not Carol (the host), which was pretty funny. Bernie was a character and larger than life.

Right before Bernie died, Carol did a segment on The Noon Show titled “The meaning of wealth” where she talked about growing up in a blue-collar family and not having a lot of “stuff” – yet feeling very rich. Bernie was a union electrician who worked really hard but still found time to be there for his daughters, teaching them the value of money and hard work. He even coached Carol’s softball team.

The segment is poignant and beautiful on its own, but when you know that the show aired right before Bernie passed, it will touch you in the deepest way. It is a love note from a daughter to a great dad. If you are on Twitter, let’s show Carol and Bernie a little love. Please share this around with the hashtag #Bernie if you enjoyed the podcast.

Listen to “The meaning of wealth” podcast here.

 

Article written by
Catherine Morgan is the editor of Business Unplugged ™, an engaging speaker, and the founder of Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., a virtual provider of coaching services to individuals who are in business or career transition. Catherine is the author of the eBook Re-Launch You: Discovering Your Point B and Embracing Possibility. An experienced independent consultant and former employee of three of the former Big Five consulting firms, Catherine combines strategy development with accountability coaching. Her productivity tips and career transition advice have been featured on WGN AM 720 and WIND AM 560 The Answer in Chicago, and on WCHE AM 1520 in the Philadelphia area. Catherine speaks frequently on topics related to productivity, career transition, small business, and entrepreneurship. She doesn’t take herself seriously, but takes her subject matter very seriously.
6 comments
Lena_M
Lena_M like.author.displayName 1 Like

My son and I listened—what an extraordinary segment. Carol's words become all the more indispensable because, as a master of the science and art of managing money, she also alerts us to those things that can never be bought. To hear this message come not from a celebrated poet, or a psychologist, but from a highly prominent business strategist makes the impact of Carol's message on our minds even sharper.

TheRelationshipInsider
TheRelationshipInsider like.author.displayName 1 Like

Is there a charity to which donations can be sent in memory of Carol's dad?  Although I don't know either personally, Carol has taught me more than can ever be found in books through her inspiring blogs.  I realize from your article today how much credit he deserves for who she has become. 

sharonoday
sharonoday like.author.displayName 1 Like

Thank you Catherine, for sharing Carol's podcast. What a "wealthy" tribute to a "rich" man ...

PointA_PointB
PointA_PointB

 @sharonoday The first time I listened to it I was so touched, Sharon. The second time was after he passed and I just started crying because I was so happy that she got to say it and he got to hear it. What a blessing for both of them to have nothing left unsaid. 

 
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