Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Be Positive – Keep Smiling

“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe

As I have said before, there is way too much drama going on inside accounting firms.

I always explain to young people just beginning their careers that they should keep in mind that CPAs have been trained for auditing. Their role is to question, research, explore and look for mistakes. So, don’t be offended if they are critical of almost everything. Smile, learn and move on.

Experienced CPAs provide something called review notes to their subordinates. They review the less experienced persons work and give them written notes on what they did wrong. I have known groups of beginners to laughingly compare…. “I got 15 review notes from old Joe!” “That’s nothing, I got 28 from him last week!” Smile, learn and move on.

Betty, the long-time firm bookkeeper has been with the firm for 32 years. She is often gruff and demanding. So, you better not make a mistake on your expense report. Smile, learn and move on.

All of this is fodder for drama inside the firm. Don’t let it get to you. Keep Marilyn Monroe’s quote in mind: “Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”

  • "Fear is stupid. So are regrets."
  • Marilyn Monroe

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