Most of us have read the very well-known book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe. If not, you at least know about it and have probably seen movies based the the shipwrecked premise.
Per Wikipedia, the novel was first published on April 25, 1719. The first edition credited the work’s protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents.
The other day, while in a book store, I found a book that provided humor by fantasizing about what some editors of famous authors’ books might have noted for the author. I hope the following makes you smile and lighten-up this weekend.
It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.
This weekend, take a few moments to watch this touching video about some young Italian boys. Not one of them said they wanted to be an accountant when they grow-up, but they certainly have what it takes to be a gentleman and a perfect candidate for the accounting profession.
Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.
Hopefully, you have heard about or read about Comet Catalina that will be visible this coming week.
Comet Catalina is a dual-tailed comet and will be visible across our skies over the next week. It has been visible since last November. It will be closet to the Earth on January 17 – only 67.4 million miles away.
Read more about it on Space.com and get your binoculars or telescope ready.
“You ever have the suspicion that you’ve been abducted by aliens?” – Fox Mulder, X-Files
It’s Christmas Eve. Some of you are working but many of you have the day as a holiday. I’ll be posting today but will also take the long weekend off.
For the weekend – be sure to lighten-up and think plenty of happy thoughts and enjoy family and friends. I hope you’ll take some time to watch this “happy” video – people dancing.
What is different is that it is 1940s famous dance stars dancing to 2015 music. Perhaps your parents or grandparents watched these talented people way back then. It is also something good to share with the young dancers in your family – for inspiration. (I know many of us have sat through those very l o n g spring dance recitals.) This one is only about 5 minutes long but worth it.
You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, love like you'll never be hurt, sing like there's nobody listening, and live like it's heaven on earth.
Season’s Greetings to all of my wonderful clients, associates, friends, potential clients and followers of my blog. I count you among my many blessings. Thank-you for making 2015 another wonderful year for me.
This holiday season, I’m baking up some great ideas for you for 2016. There will be NO half-baked ideas. Find some quiet time over the holidays to THINK and bake-up your own ideas for the firm for 2016.
If baking is any labor at all, it's a labor of love. A love that gets passed from generation to generation.
The frenzy of the holiday season seems to begin earlier and earlier each year. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s all seem to be one huge, whirlwind of a season. Actually, in most stores…. it begins with Halloween!
Take a few minutes this weekend to watch this John Lewis ad (British department store).
Slow down, enjoy the season, count your blessings and reach-out to reinforce the wonderful relationships in your life.
If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
I hope that you are not in the office today, it’s the Friday after Thanksgiving a paid holiday for almost all citizens of an accounting firm. I know, some of you sneak in to the office to avoid the Black Friday hassles but I hope many of you are taking a walk in a park or woods, reading a great book or writing an article of your own.
It’s a perfect 4-day weekend to think about some secrets to happiness as you build your career in public accounting or elsewhere.
Live and let live – – Don’t micro manage. Don’t gossip and worry about what other employees are doing.
Be giving of yourself to others – – but some structure around your mentoring activities. Mentoring happens naturally inside CPA firms – enhance it and help others.
Sundays should be holidays – – When I began my career in a CPA firm, no one EVER worked on a Sunday. It had nothing to do about religion, specifically, it was just that our founder believed that everyone needed a day of rest, a time to recharge. The more hours you work in a week the bigger chance you will make errors or poor decisions.
Stop being negative – – I see this all the time. I continually say to people working in CPA firms – STOP WHINING! Public accounting is an honorable, prestigious career, you work with intelligent people, you work in beautiful offices, you make friends with other top-quality professionals, you get to see businesses grow and prosper (with your help), you become admired by others in the business community for your expertise – – focus on the positive!
Focus on the positives during this holiday season and carry it through until Spring!