Richard A. Lindsey, CPA

Lindsey & Waldo, LLC – Certified Public Accountants

  • Jan 5

    The new television season has arrived, and I admit, I’ve checked out a couple of the new shows. One which intrigued me enough to watch a couple of episodes is called Wisdom of the Crowd. The premise of the show is that the multitudes of people connected to the internet can provide possible clues and connections for the computer to help solve crimes. Every time they post something to the crime solving app, they immediately have thousands of views because, everyone is waiting on pins and needles for their next post, right?

    And you know what the internet is also overflowing with? Cat videos.

    Look — who doesn’t love cat videos?? But the point is this: just because the crowd thinks something is great or true, doesn’t make it so.

    But, I’m continually gobsmacked by all the tepid “advice” bandied around for recent college grads and business owners. Not that I have anything against inspiration — I truly don’t! — but, so much of what passes for good advice out there can lead you into a trap of your own making. Trust me, as someone who has been there.

    Slavishly conforming to conventional wisdom about how to thrive in your calling is something I think we should all avoid. But, with BuzzFeed and all those other internet sites tossing around conventional wisdom left and right, allow me to question some of it…

    • “Just do your job.”
    Your job description is a bare minimum. Fulfilling it means you’ll probably keep your job, or that client contract, but you won’t stand out when buyers are re-upping contracts or managers are deciding whom to promote. Push the envelope a little so your contact sees that you’re committed to helping the organization, not just safeguarding your position or contract.

    • “Never say ‘No.'”
    You can’t do everything, know everything, or even attempt everything your boss or contractor asks. Be willing to admit when you don’t have the answer, or that you don’t have time for every assignment. Then, work with your contact to solve the problem, and accommodate his or her needs.

    • “Always go for the promotion or the larger contract.”
    You don’t have to accept more projects than you’re ready for, or a management position that doesn’t match your goals. Pursuing advancement for its own sake may lead you on a business path you don’t really want. Be sure of what you’re going for, and let your manager know what you’re interested in. Then, get to work preparing yourself for the position you want.

    • “Network constantly.”
    Aim for quality, not quantity, when you network. A “contacts” list with 700 names of people who barely know you won’t be much help when you need specific assistance. Instead, be selective so you can maintain solid connections with people who can really help you with your career or in the growth of your business. You’re better off with a network an inch wide and a mile deep than one a mile wide and inch deep.