Monday, April 19th, 2021

Do More

“Always do more than is required of you.” – George S. Patton

You have probably heard the well-known saying about volunteering. It seems to have been used mostly in the military. My husband was in the Army and he probably heard the advice, “Don’t volunteer for anything” in basic training. It seems to have originated with soldiers.

I think the above quotation by General George S. Patton is better advice. I did some Googling of the statement and found that in the military there are more success stories about volunteering than there are stories with devastating consequences. One military person said, “I would rather volunteer than be voluntold.”

How does this apply to life in a CPA firm? If you are a beginning accountant, always volunteer. You will become more skilled more quickly than if you wait for someone to come to you.

An experienced partner once told me he was discouraged by the lack of ambition of many of his young team members. He observed that they would wait, with nothing to do, for someone to bring work to them. This partner’s dream staffer would be someone who would often stick their head in his office door and ask, “Is there anything I can help you with?”

  • "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
  • Mahatma Gandhi

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