Most CPAs, like other professions, will tell you that they had mentors during their formative years at an accounting firm. Traditionally, that person, or persons, have been battle-proven veterans of the profession, but unselfishly took a fledgling, entry-level accountant under their collective wings, and gradually allowed that person blossom to their fullest potential.

Often, in interviews, I hear CPAs speak fondly, or even on occasion, choke up, when they refer to a mentor who has since passed on.

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