Via Going Concern: >75 Says "Study. Sit. Pass. Get on with Your Life" (Srsly)

Friday, November 06, 2009 , , , 0 Comments

As many of you know, my day job involves teaching unlicensed accountants how to pass the CPA exam. Try as I might, I just can't get away from work, even when I'm technically not working.

So continuing that theme, I have a few things to share. Firstly, I busted my butt putting together a list of accountants and accounting resources over at Roger's blog that you're welcome to skeeze all over and can find here.

Secondly, for my Going Concern column today we rolled out a weekly feature that will cover CPA exam questions from Going Concern readers. You can email them directly to GC or email me or hell, you can send a carrier pigeon by my office for all I care, just do us all a favor and make sure your question is clear, concise, and not totally stupid. I understand, the exam is complicated. Don't make it any more difficult than it has to be.


Alright. So this guy comments and his question is too long and complicated to keep my attention. Kindly SUMMARIZE your question, send it to us and >75 will get to it when she stops pounding her head on her desk.

Now then, please pay attention.

I need help from some vets. I did my undergrad in finance, but spent the last 7 yrs in the family business, hotels. Always hated it. Being an owner, I know what it’s like to be the ‘man’ and having to manage a manager, i also know what it’s like to be an overworked slave to a business as a property manager myself. I’m effective as a manager, win awards, employee turn over below industry standards, profitable, etc…on the macro level as an asset manager, i have a pretty good business savvy from HR/training, finance, basic accounting, leadership, capital raising, basic auditing. In the hotel business, your inventory has a 24 hour shelf life. I can think quick on my feet under stressful situations, and think stragetically as well. So at 30, i have the business IQ of someone close to 40. I’m a worrier and 24 hour business dealing with public has burned me out as i like people, but i’m not that much of a ‘people’ person..though i can turn it on when needed. i have recently been diagnosed with ADD which explains, while capable, i had trouble in school.

Stop. Just stop. First and foremost: the CPA exam isn’t an IQ test so please remove that from the equation, brainiac. We are talking about discipline and how well you can plan out your time.

I congratulate you on your illustrious career but no one cares about that at the Board of Accountancy. You have to meet the educational and experience requirements in the state you apply to and sorry, life experience doesn’t count in any of those states.

Read the rest over at Going Concern if you get off on the abuse (you know you do. xoxo, JDA)

Jr Deputy Accountant

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.