"Everyone is smarter than me, in that I may learn from them." No, the quote, as I remember it, is not from a great literary masterpiece, but rather, it is from a television series that some of you older CPAs might have seen when it first aired and you younger ones might see now in reruns on cable stations. It was from "All in the Family," and was a retort to Archie Bunker, the bigoted lead character, when a developmentally challenged individual explained his philosophy for dealing with people, especially those like Archie.

The quote stayed with me all these years because it helps remind me that I am not as smart as I think I am and I can learn from everyone. I say the quote to myself when I think I need am attitude adjustment. This usually happens when I find myself talking too much and not listening.

Register or login for access to this item and much more

All Accounting Today content is archived after seven days.

Community members receive:
  • All recent and archived articles
  • Conference offers and updates
  • A full menu of enewsletter options
  • Web seminars, white papers, ebooks

Don't have an account? Register for Free Unlimited Access