Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Do The 20-Somethings Inside Your CPA Firm Get-It?

Sadly, I must report, that inside many CPA firms many people do not “get it.” Get-it applies to a wide variety of things, such as how long it takes to get a job done.

Sometimes you just have to laugh. Do you have the 1.5 hour partner? This is one of the several partner-types I hear described over and over again as I work with firms. This partner, when asked how long it should take to do a particular client project (you know, the time budget for this job)…. always replies, “It should take about an hour and a half.”

I could go on and on about what the mature partners inside CPA firms “don’t get.” However, today I want you to consider the things that the 20-somethings inside your accounting firm might not “get.” ¬†Share this information with them.

Jason Nazar, a contributor on the Forbes site, highlights 20 Things 20-Year Olds Don’t Get. This is a good read for all ages of professionals working in an accounting firm. Here are the 20 Things – read the article to get advice on each topic.

  1. Time is Not a Limitless Commodity
  2. You’re Talented, But Talent is Overrated
  3. We’re More Productive in the Morning
  4. Social Media is Not a Career
  5. Pick Up the Phone
  6. Be the First In & Last to Leave
  7. Don’t Wait to Be Told What to Do
  8. Take Responsibility for Your Mistakes
  9. You Should Be Getting Your Butt Kicked
  10. A New Job a Year Isn’t a Good Thing
  11. People Matter More Than Perks
  12. Map Effort to Your Professional Gain
  13. Speak Up, Not Out
  14. You HAVE to Build Your Technical Chops
  15. Both the Size and Quality of Your Network Matter
  16. You Need At Least 3 Professional Mentors
  17. Pick an Idol & Act “As If”
  18. Read More Books, Fewer Tweets/Texts
  19. Spend 25% Less Than You Make
  20. Your Reputation is Priceless, Don’t Damage It


  • "The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."
  • Friedrich Nietzsche

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