Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Only You Can Do It

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'” – Eleanor Roosevelt

You are working inside a busy accounting firm. It is the busiest time of the year. Everyone is working very diligently and working lots of extra hours.


  • You made a mistake and received an extensive list of review notes.
  • A group of your peers decided to go down the street for a quick lunch and didn’t invite you.
  • You emailed one of the partners with a couple of questions about a client engagement you are trying to complete. The partner has not replied and it’s been three days.
  • The shift key on your keyboard keeps sticking and tech support has not gotten back to you.
  • You know you are expected to work this Saturday but it’s your nephew’s birthday party.

Why doesn’t someone help you? Why can’t people be more responsive? Why do the partners expect SO much this time of year? Why don’t you get a larger pay increase? Why don’t you get to go to out-of-town CPE classes? Why don’t people ask you to go to lunch more often?

Here’s the thing: You want other people to improve your life but really, you know, nobody can do that but yourself.

  • "People won't have time for you if you are angry or complaining."
  • Stephen Hawking

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