Enjoy this replay of an audience favorite interview with Earl Pierce from 2020 discussing mentorship and the power of financial literacy. We'll be back next week with a new podcast episode.

Earl Pierce was the appointed CEO of Delap in June 2020. He has worked at Delap for 15 years. He joins Jared Siegel to talk about his professional journey, mentorship, and the power of financial literacy.

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Here are a few highlights:

  • Being surrounded by a team of energetic leaders has made his transition into the position of CEO much easier, Earl says. It would have been more challenging to take on the responsibility without their comforting support.
  • Working in public accounting afforded Earl the opportunity to coach others; it brought him satisfaction to help people gain experience and develop the necessary skills to pursue their dreams and excel.
  • Jared shares that Earl was involved in his interview for Delap. He commends the company on its commitment to living its mission statement. Delap prioritizes their employees’ goals and aspirations over the organization’s objectives, so that if an employee wants to move on, Delap will assist them in every way possible.
  • People consider money as a metric to measure success because it is often correlated with a level of professional achievement. Other important investments, such as interpersonal relationships with friends and family, are not as tangible or as easily gathered as money, so they are harder to measure and easier to forget.
  • Teenagers can be debilitated if they do not have perspective about the necessities for living. Earl speaks about his experiences mentoring adolescents about financial literacy.
  • Earl’s “favorite mistake” was when he decided he wasn’t good enough to continue attending university, because it led him to the desire to improve himself and build relationships to help that goal.
  • A failure is temporary, Earl says.
  • The first step to combating team dysfunction is to be open, vulnerable, and build trust.