You Are Successful, Even If You Don’t Know It!

You put in 80-hour weeks during busy season. You always look for ways to build relationships and bring in new clients for your firm. You’re sometimes reluctant to turn off your phone or take a vacation. In short, you support others around you with fervor, sometimes at the expense of your own needs. And still, CPAs can question themselves.

CPAs can be a skeptical bunch. We deal in numbers and solid data. But some things are harder to quantify. What about success – how do we measure that? Often, we judge ourselves more harshly than others. Some people are content to judge success by the bottom line, or the sum of their achievements. But what if we need to frame it differently? Take these things into consideration, and let them inform your perception of what it means to be a success:

You keep a positive outlook. Think about the most dynamic person you know. What makes others gravitate toward this person? Their unwavering positivity has a lot to do with it. Everyone has tough times, and you’re not expected to be perfect. Just try to remain optimistic, put one foot in front of the other, and focus on the things you have the power to change. Your attitude has a big impact on others, and it helps everyone around you if you can stay positive.

You know failure isn’t permanent. In fact, you learn from it and can even use it to your advantage. History is full of examples of inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs that could have quit many times along the way if they’d let failures define them. It was their ability to see past their setbacks and persevere that kept them going.

You know where you fit in the world. You don’t feel you’re the center of the universe, but you also worry less about what people think of you. This isn’t to say that you don’t care – you just don’t spend every second fretting about what someone else thinks. You are confident that your professionalism and job performance reflects well on your firm. You have empathy for those around you and you know you need others to succeed.

You reach out for help when you need it. This is why we have mentors and colleagues. None of us got where we are alone. Asking for help or advice isn’t a sign of weakness – it’s a sign that you’re wise enough to know you don’t know everything.

You’re more successful than you think, so cut yourself some slack! Read more at