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CHAPTER 2

WHAT IS ACCOUNTABILITY?

“Do what you said. Finish what you start. Say please and thank you. Be on time.”

—Dave Porter, CEO

For Alan, an accredited estate planner and licensed financial planner, accountability is a rainbow. An engineer and frustrated painter, Alan’s father encouraged his two sons to “bring the rainbow to everything; to bring the colors, because it makes a beautiful picture.”

To the nine-year-old Alan, that meant any finished product “should shine like a rainbow, so somebody knows you were there.” It meant knowing he did his best—and being honest about it if he didn’t.

To the fifty-five-year-old Alan, who earned $1 million ...

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