Accountants tend to be very detail-oriented people – and that’s a good thing when it comes to performing the technical work.
However, when you’ve stepped up to become a practice owner, you need to wear a different collection of hats.
Rather than being a number-cruncher, you’ve suddenly got to become a leader, a visionary, a strategist, a marketer, and so much more.
And some of the traits that made you a masterful accountant can actually drag down your efforts to build a prosperous firm.
Sometimes, being detail-oriented lends itself to being analytical. Again, not necessarily a bad thing.
Analytical people can take in all the little bits and pieces, process them, and come to smart conclusions about how to move forward.
Unfortunately, some of us try to process our way to one perfect solution – and because there seldom is a single, ultimate answer, we get stuck in a cycle of thoughts that seizes us up and we don’t move at all.
That’s dangerous. When we stand still, we go nowhere.
Building a successful CPA practice requires that we continue moving forward.
So if you find your detail-oriented, analytical mind getting you stuck, you need to take action. Do something. Make a choice.
While I’m not advising you to make uninformed decisions, I think there’s a point at which we need to stop mulling over our options and trying to predict the future, and just make a move.
I also think most of us instinctively know when we’ve been ruminating in place too long.
I’m going to share with you three thoughts that have helped me prevent those moments of paralysis in my next blog post.