Daddy Earl, circa 1943 “There is no secret to success” announced my most important mentor many years ago.  “It’s all about hard work and being responsible!”  That mentor was Earl, my father, and I didn’t want to believe him.  I kept checking out books on”how to get rich” and felt his ways were old fashioned and too slow.  He was, after all, only a middle class ex-navy man and architect whose life I knew so little about.  So as a kid I never thought to ask him about success.  I didn’t want to be like him, really, because he was usually... (Read More ...)