Not too long ago I had an unfortunate encounter with a foam pit at the trampoline park. The short of it was I ended up taking a cab home to get the other family car and then driving back to pick up my family after wasting two hours. Good times. [Read more…]
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A reader on my post about why there are so few black CPAs recently left a comment saying he thought accounting degrees for black students weren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. That line of thinking led to an even broader argument about the value of ANY college degree for black students.
The reasoning behind this? Prior experience interviewing for an accounting role and feeling some sort of prejudice because he’s black. He then went on to share a link highlighting how black students with an Associate’s degree have the same chance to land a job as white students with a high school diploma, and black students with some college have the same odds as white high school drop-outs.
No doubt these figures are enough to make your stomach lurch, but the argument the reader made conveniently overlooked a huge takeaway [Read more…]
If you work long enough, you will probably find yourself in a position where you realize you were doing something to annoy your boss.
The bad news is most people don’t receive constructive feedback until well after the point where they could have changed the outcome of their performance review. Even then, some managers may not want to deliver the tough message. This leads to disgruntled employees being fired, “counseled out”, or just straight up quitting. [Read more…]
I did something incredibly stupid last night.
I almost can’t believe did it, not because I don’t make stupid mistakes but because the one I’m about to tell you about had such an easy solution.
After spending most of the day at home, my wife and I decided to take the kids to Rockin’ Jump, a trampoline park not far from our house. This time my wife even wanted to jump with the kids, which we don’t usually do.
It started out amazing, all of us jumping together and working up a sweat. I even decided to try my hand at the foam pit. If you’ve never been to one of these places, the foam pit is filled with foam cushions. What I didn’t realize is just how deep it is. [Read more…]
But instead of my telling you again about how I made the transition into consulting, I thought you might benefit from hearing a few other people’s stories. Up first is the story of Zach Steeb.
Enjoy and let me know if you can think of other questions you’d want to ask. [Read more…]
Do you believe an average student can become a good accountant?
That was all the message I received this morning said. No context, no nothing. I ignored it at first and then considered writing an equally short response of “it depends,” but thought there are probably other people questioning if they can go from “average” student to rockstar accountant. [Read more…]
It sounds harsh, but it’s a cold world out there in the business world. One of my mentors made a general comment to me about working for a company you don’t own: “If you’re not getting over on them then they’re getting over on you.” He gave this advice to ease my guilt for lying about a sick day to interview at another company, but why stop there with lying as a career advancement strategy? [Read more…]
I am a frugal person by nature, so when I set out to pursue the CPA designation back in the Fall of 2011, I intended to devise an exam preparation strategy that would allow me to pass each section of the CPA Exam on the first attempt and do so at the lowest cost possible. At the time, I was two years removed from obtaining my college degree and like many of you reading this, I had no idea where to start. [Read more…]
I recently did some self-reflection as a result of writing prompt I received from LinkedIn. The ask was for people to write a post sharing insight on what they would do differently if they were 22 years old again.
You can read the 3 things I would do differently here:
A new intern recently reached out to me to ask some questions about my career path. One of the organizations we work with (LEAD Program) was hoping to have testimonials from people in the accounting field. Specifically, they wanted to increase exposure to the youth about how attractive the profession can be.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know that LEAD was the reason I pursued accounting in the first place (I talked about that briefly here).
The email I got asked a couple questions and was looking for just a short blurb, but one thing inspired me to expand on my initial thoughts. He asked how I transitioned from accountant to advisor. While I didn’t see the two as different things before, the question made me reconsider my position. You can read what I concluded here: