|M.D. in “Financeology”|
I travel a lot for work, and by that I mean a LOT as in almost every week. This means I rarely get the chance to visit my kids’ school and the other parents rarely get to see me. It never occurred to me up front that this creates a certain mystique, a borderline doubt that I even exist. When I finally make an appearance I’m frequently asked a question that you may be wondering yourself, “what do you do?” I used to try to answer this question by saying something like “I’m a CPA” or “I’m a CPA-turned- financial consultant,” which generally leads to be more detail questions on what that means.
After this happened a few times I realized I was answering the question “what are you?” not the question “what do you do?” WHAT I do is go and talk to listen to clients all over to help them fix a business problem. In many cases, the client may not even know what its problem is but can point you in the direction of all the issues they’re facing. My job is to take those issues a.k.a. symptoms and come up with a diagnosis and treatment to ensure the client’s business is as healthy as possible. In short, I help sick businesses get well. I always thought Dr. Butts had a nice ring to it.
What do you say when people ask what do you do? Are you guilty of the same mistake I made or do you break out into a Dr Seuss-like poem to make your point like this guy?