I often think back to something my earlier mentors taught me upon entering the firm 33 years ago. They said, "If you do the things you enjoy in your business and personal life, you will be more successful and have a more meaningful life." I often thought about that advice but didn't always have the courage to follow it.
Nine years ago I survived cancer. During my treatments, I made a renewed commitment to follow that advice more closely. At that time, I became more involved in giving back to the community, took up riding my Harley and eventually made a significant career change.
I volunteered with a number of charities and eventually found two that are very near and dear to me. I serve on the Board of Directors and have leadership positions with The Angel Foundation (http://www.mnangel.org) and The Children's Cancer Research Fund (http://www.childrenscancer.org).
At about the same time, I started riding my Harley. People are always surprised when they hear I ride. It's not typically how they picture an accountant/consultant. I can't tell you how many times I have heard "Farley and his Harley." It's relaxing, fun, social and provides an incredible feeling of intense freedom.