Monday, July 27th, 2020

It’s Not Easy

“People who coddle you don’t believe in you.” – Dan Rockwell

Today’s quotation is meaningful for those of you (us) working in the CPA profession.

It takes a lot of effort and hard work to succeed in public accounting. Yes, you gain knowledge and experience through hard work. But, another ingredient will almost certainly assure that you reach your potential.

That ingredient is not a thing, it’s a person. You need someone who cares about your success and pushes you to do things that you never previously imagined you could.

Personally, I believe the success I achieved over the years is because specific individuals pushed, coaxed, and urged me to do more, learn more and accomplish more. It meant that I tackled some uncomfortable challenges that turned out to be very beneficial to my career success.

In my early years, I learned that I really enjoyed working for/with someone who had high expectations. I guess my own self-motivation just wasn’t quite enough.

Find a mentor, boss, coach, or even a peer who is not afraid to push you and help you set some lofty goals. Stay away from those that make it easy for you.

  • "Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become."
  • John Ruskin

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