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Whatta Man

I am profoundly sad :(.

My sweet father-in-law, Paul Yap, 89, passed this past Monday. This is my daughters Malia & Kailani’s third grandparent that they lost within a year.

Paul’s passing has reminded me not just of life’s fleeting nature, but also of its profound beauty.

Paul was a wonderful human, a thinker, and a funny guy — his life a reminder that we’re here to make a meaningful impact.

His silent wisdom and sharp wit were his ways of communicating profound truths.

He was an outstanding chef in the kitchen and no dummy. He often charged his granddaughters $5 a dish. (I can still hear his bellowing laugh: I’m just joking!)

Paul had a photographic memory, a keen mind in the tech world, always seeing solutions to a problem. Always a step ahead. Always a storyteller.

Paul’s life and the recent reminder of its impermanence prompt us to ask ourselves:

Are we truly doing what we’re meant to do?

For us as entrepreneurs, this is a crucial question.

We often get caught up in the day-to-day grind and lose sight of the bigger picture.

It’s important to take a step back and ensure that we’re aligning our businesses with our deepest passions and the legacy we wish to leave behind.

As we continue to push boundaries in our businesses and face personal hurdles, let’s embrace the qualities Paul exhibited: humor, intelligence, and the ability to enjoy the silent yet significant joys of life.

Let’s not just aim to succeed in business but also strive to create meaningful moments and lasting bonds.

Paul’s life reminds us that the true value of our days lies not in the quantity but in the quality of the connections we make and the experiences we share.

Let’s honor his memory by living intelligently, seeing the funny, and making each day count.

With warmth & love,

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