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5 Inspirational Quotes for Accountants

Tax time came and went, but those poor accountants do have it pretty rough. Not only do you have to crunch numbers all day, but your career has the reputation of being one of the most boring jobs in all of history. You know this isn’t true, but that won’t stop people from thinking it or saying it. However, accountants have fascinating careers and if you think about it for a moment: why wouldn’t someone crunch numbers if they weren’t good at it or loved it? Yes, it’s true, accountants love what they do and why shouldn’t they? Here are 5 inspirational quotes for accountants.

  1. Elvis Presley said once: “I have no use for bodyguards, but I have very specific use for two highly trained certified public accountants.” See, if you were an accountant back in the day you could have worked with the king. As an accountant it is important to realize that you have a very important role in society. We all have to pay our taxes – even the King of Rock n’ Roll had to. If you are feeling down about your career decision, just look on the bright side and don’t take for granted how in demand people in your position are, especially in this economy.
  2. Donald Trump, one of the biggest and most successful real estate moguls in the world, said, “I have made the tough decisions, always with an eye toward the bottom line. Perhaps it’s time America was run like a business.” It is true, as an accountant you take a pragmatic look at everything and perhaps that is the best way to take things into perspective, from our finances, to politics and even foreign policy. Maybe the rest of us have a thing or two to learn from accountants.
  3. Alan Greenspan, an economics genius and former chairman of the Federal Reserve said, “It has been my experience that competency in mathematics, both in numerical manipulations and in understanding its conceptual foundations, enhances a person’s ability to handle the more ambiguous and qualitative relationships that dominate our day-to-day financial decision-making.” It might be true that accountants have an extrasensory perception of the world around them and perhaps that’s what gives them a unique advantage in this increasingly complicated world.
  4. Charlie Munger, an American business magnate and lawyer, said once: “You have to know accounting. It’s the language of practical business life. It was a very useful thing to deliver to civilization. I’ve heard it came to civilization through Venice, which of course was once the great commercial power in the Mediterranean. However, double entry bookkeeping was a hell of an invention.” It might be inspirational to hear that accounting is akin to the brilliance of the birth and evolution of civilization itself.
  5. Richard Branson, the billionaire entrepreneur and visionary, said, “I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It’s done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer.” At the end of the day, what would we ever do without accountants?
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