Back in 2010, I wrote a book called "Power Bites," containing some concise management, leadership and lifestyle advice I give to my clients.
I was recently asked to update the book, but after rereading it, I still like it the way it is.
Here are some excerpts from the book in which I provided some of my favorite quotes from various writers. You can download a free copy of the book at the end of this column. If you want a print version, it’s available for less than $20 from Amazon and other online sellers.
Think of all your lost opportunities because you didn't follow through. Resolve right now not to let any more lost opportunities hold you back. I think John Greenleaf Whittier in Maud Muller said it best:
"For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: 'It might have been!'"
Always move toward your goals. “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” - Lao-Tzu
“A bore is someone who, when you ask how they are, they tell you.” - Bert Leston Taylor, writing in "The So-Called Human Race." Tip: Do not be a bore.
Stephen R. Covey said in "First Things First" that “the main thing is to make the main thing the main thing!”
“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” This quote is on the façade of the New York City General Post Office Building and should apply to everyone assuming a responsibility to get a job done. Adapted from Herodotus and found in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations.
“Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.” Some unknown person first said this. One of the attributions I found was from John Adams. I found this in a fortune cookie.
“Nothing speaks with greater assurance than a proper presentation of facts.” This is by yours truly.
Edward Mendlowitz, CPA, is partner at WithumSmith+Brown, PC, CPAs. He is on the Accounting Today Top 100 Influential People List. He is the author of 24 books, including “How to Review Tax Returns,” co-written with Andrew D. Mendlowitz, and “Managing Your Tax Season, Third Edition.” Ed also writes a twice-a-week blog addressing issues that clients have at www.partners-network.com. Ed is an adjunct professor in the MBA program at Fairleigh Dickinson University teaching end user applications of financial statements. Art of Accounting is a continuing series where Ed shares autobiographical experiences with tips that he hopes can be adopted by his colleagues. Ed welcomes practice management questions and can be reached at (732) 964-9329 or firstname.lastname@example.org.