Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Life Is Good. Yes! But Don’t Get Too Comfortable.

IMG_3837Many firms tell me that they are having difficulty finding and retaining talented professionals.  I heard that same comment/complaint 30 years ago!

If you have any longevity in the CPA profession and have been with a firm that continually grows, I bet you have seen many, many people come and go over the years. In my career, I can’t begin to count them all or even remember their names.

The firm makes money. The firm grows. The firm adds people… some stay long-term and many move on or are counseled out. The partners stay put and make more and more money. This cycle then becomes normal… even comfortable. Partners and their loyal staff will continue to find people, train them and everyone will be able to serve the clients adequately.

My warning? Don’t become content. Don’t become comfortable. Don’t become complacent.

Complacency is far too wide-spread in the public accounting arena today. What disappoints me the most is that is where I see people too comfortable (and it isn’t just partners), I also see enormous wasted potential.

  • "Don't get too comfortable with who you are at any given time - you may miss the opportunity to become who you want to be."
  • Bon Jovi

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