Except in rare
instances, achieving success is no accident. And hope, by
itself, will not navigate you to your goal. Although
it’s true that luck often plays a role, even a streak
of good fortune isn’t enough without planning and
determination. The following checklist provides some
solid tips for building a successful career.
excellent work habits—for example, meet
deadlines and don’t procrastinate.
Read extensively about your primary career
area. “Own” your profession by developing a
disciplined reading program, so you’ll be aware
of trends and developments.
Practice team playing—learning from colleagues
and sharing your knowledge. Beware of hubris.
Know both your job and your organization’s
expectations, and be sure they’re on the same
Set goals, write them down and evaluate your
Focus on understanding your clients/customers.
Come up with strategies that add value for them.
Don’t dodge administrative tasks—it upsets
Volunteer for outside activities: Accept
assignments to speak to outside groups, lead
professional panels and write articles for
Build executive communication skills and
cultivate an executive persona by reading books
on the subject and attending seminars.
Take risks with personal development,
acknowledging both strengths and weaknesses;
build on strengths and correct weaknesses.
Seek out notables both inside and outside your
profession, and watch and learn from winners.
Always seek opportunities. Success is not a
sweepstakes waiting for the knock at the door.
If your employer does not emphasize learning
and achievement, move on.
Think big—but always manage the details.
Take manageable risks. Remember, without
occasional failures, success is unlikely.
Source: Rowbotham &
Co., a worldwide network of accounting and
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