Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008


I do. I can recognize it in the CPA partners, firm administrators, HR directors, marketing directors and team members when I first meet them. Can’t you?

I also think I can recognize the lack of it in some of those same people when I meet them. I bet you know people in your life that hate their job. I can’t imagine a more horrible situation.

The good news is that I see more passion in CPA firm leaders than lack of passion. I possess extreme passion for what I do and have done for the last 30 years. I don’t know why but I love the challenge, stress, and feeling of accomplishment that helping a CPA firm succeed brings.

I am on a John Maxwell reading binge and am currently reading Talent is Never Enough. Maxwell says:

  • While everyone can possess passion, not everyone takes the time to discover it.
  • You can’t help people become winners unless they want to win.
  • When you have passion you become energized.

Maxwell describes himself (and I feel like it is a description of me, at times):

“I do have a lot of energy. There are always things I hope to do, people I want to see, and goals I want to reach. The reason is passion! Someone asked me the secret of my passion. It took me only a moment to be able to articulate it: I am gifted at what I do (strength zone). What I do makes a difference (results). When I do what I was made to do, I feel most alive (purpose). Some people say they feel burned-out. The truth is that they probably never were on fire in the first place.”

“It is the greatest shot of adrenaline to be doing what you’ve wanted to do so badly. You almost feel like you could fly without the plane.” – – Charles Lindbergh

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