Accounting is Awful, Awesome

I’ve struggled with this blog for many years. Recently, three distinct threads converged to help me focus. I now know that the blog will be for those who want to learn practical, tactical accounting, internal controls, SOX and NetSuite skills. Some posts will have theory but that is just to build the basic foundation and explain the “why”.

Back to the three separate threads and how I merged them into one… 1) writing is hard for me, 2) sharing the hope that accounting gave me when I first started working, and 3) having empathy for people with learning disabilities.

1. Writing is hard for me

When blogging was first in vogue years ago, I bought “Blogging for Dummies” and read it cover to cover. Afterwards, I was even more confused and discouraged because I was overwhelmed. Where to begin? How do I find time out of my schedule to do this? I resisted blogging for years and found lots of excuses to avoid it. I resisted because it’s hard work. I got desperate because of the social media craze to blog. In 2014, I broke down and started to dabble with writing and FAILED horribly (and you can tell when you read our early posts).

When I looked around, “everyone” knew what they wanted to write about. “Everyone” had a unique voice. “Everyone” was passionate about a hobby or topic. “Everyone” was a great writer. I couldn’t find a subject or voice that was unique or interesting enough to motivate me to write. And our early blog posts sucked.

2. Sharing the hope that accounting gave me when I first started working

In January 2016, I had an “aha” moment by accident. I had gathered five close friends at my mentor’s house for a personal “branding” brainstorming session. The question “what gives me joy” came up. I couldn’t answer it clearly or concisely. I rambled aloud and rattled off various volunteer activities that consumed my time but not a coherent “why”.

Finally, someone spotted a theme. All of my professional and personal activities were about “helping the underdogs win”. Another theme that surfaced was that I’m in my “flow” state when I’m solving operational or tactical accounting challenges like system implementations.

The reason why I enjoy accounting is NOT that it was easy for me. It was so hard for me to learn accounting in college that I had to sit through the same class taught by 2 different professors to absorb the material. Accounting holds a special place in my heart because I remember the hope that it gave me when I first started working.

Accounting opened my eyes to the wide-ranging possibilities to become financially independent and self-supporting. Wow! How does a kid like me, fresh out of college, growing up as a refugee, whose mom doesn’t even speak English, meet executives like CEOs and CFOs and see how they work and think? Accounting was a way for me to support myself and my mom. Accounting gave me self-confidence because I could get good at it if I put in enough hours to learn it.

I have been spreading the hope that accounting gave me by founding and growing A2Q2. We offer skills training and coaching to the underdogs like ourselves. Until recently, I couldn’t find the words to describe my purpose even though I had been living it. I wanted to share that hope with others struggling to start their career and find personal success.

3. Having empathy for people with learning disabilities

My husband has dyslexia, a learning challenge where he learns by listening or watching. Traditional learning by reading, writing and spelling didn’t work for him. He didn’t graduate high school or college because of it. You would think that I would have recognized it after being married to him for 14 years but I was clueless for many years (it just shows you how low my emotional intelligence (EQ) has been). I knew he saw the world differently but couldn’t image how differently.

I recently discovered how a dyslexic person feels when they read a sign. This font by artist Dan Britton simulates what it feels like to have dyslexia.

dyslexic person

My husband overcame his learning disability by developing extremely high EQ. He accurately reads people, their feelings and social situations. Add to this his training and experience in the US Army and my husband turned his disability into his strength. He is the smartest person I know. Science has already proven that people with high EQ rule the world.

So, I’ve become more empathic and respectful of people who learn differently and see the world differently.

Lightbulb Moment

My husband (ever insightful) suggested that I share the opportunities that accounting gave me by teaching it to those just starting out. Imagine how much more success the underdogs like us would achieve if we had resources, mentors and connections.

The light bulb went off in my head… combine the 3 separate threads. Why not share my practical accounting and auditing expertise with those new to the subject or who need a refresher and teach it using audio and video, not just written words?

So, you will notice that my blog is a video using plain words and casual language. The text for the blog is a close transcription of the video. That is because I want to offer knowledge to all learners, not just traditional learners.

This blog is a learning journey for me. If you would like to join the adventure, subscribe to the blog. When you have suggestions or topics of interest, feel free to leave me comments.

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