Here at Kruggel Lawton CPAs, as we enter the month of March - well into the heart of "tax season" - our team is working at peak performance. This is both marvelous to behold and wonderful to be involved in. Two recent events reinforced in my mind why we in the accounting profession love what we do - even during our most stressful and difficult time of the year.
The first was when my colleague Alex Schaeffer was recognized as the Young Business Leader of the Year by the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce (in the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, MI area). Following the event, he was quoted in a Herald-Palladium newspaper article saying:
"I work with a lot of people and really enjoy that about my job. I love to meet with the people. I mean, taxes are great, but talking to people is better."
Alex's comments illustrate the delight that a profession replete with interaction can provide. Mastering and applying technically challenging tax and accounting knowledge can be rewarding on its own. However, constantly meeting and working with a wide variety of people - clients, colleagues, and other business professionals - brings that to life and gives our work meaning.
The other event was the following note written by one of our clients on an invoice they sent in along with payment for our services:
"Your firm, and especially Monica, did a fine job for our family over the past 12 years."
I know my colleague Monica Brickel feels good about this feedback, and she should. The rest of us share it vicariously, and we strive to earn it ourselves.
What it underscores for me is that our calling is to serve, and not only our clients.
Why do we love what we do? To me, countless opportunities to serve and interact with so many talented and inspiring people are a big reason. Why do you love what you do?
Written by: Terry Bush, SPHR - Director, HR Services
Phone: 574.289.4011, x205